Yelich hits 16th HR, Brewers top Nats 7-3 for 6th win in row

MILWAUKEE (AP) Yet again, Christian Yelich quickly swung things in Milwaukee's favor.

The reigning NL MVP connected in the first inning for his major league-leading 16th home run and the Brewers won their sixth straight game, beating the Washington Nationals 7-3 on Wednesday.

Yelich's solo drive came on the fourth pitch of the afternoon from Jeremy Hellickson (2-1).

''Swing at good pitches,'' said Yelich, who finished with three hits and scored twice. ''Whether it's the first pitch, the last pitch, somewhere in-between.''

The Nationals lost all three at Miller Park, marking the first time they've been swept this season, and have dropped four in a row overall.

Washington loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but Josh Hader struck out pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki and Adam Eaton for his 10th save in 10 chances.

''We battled back again, but we've got to start playing clean baseball, stop giving other teams 30 outs and playing good baseball,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said. ''If you think about it, on the other end, we have 27 outs, 13 of them were strikeouts, so we've got to start putting the ball in play.''

Mike Moustakas and Manny Pina also connected for Milwaukee, which leads the National League with 65 home runs.

The Brewers took advantage of Washington misplays to make it 4-0 in the first inning. After third baseman Anthony Rendon made an error on Mike Moustakas' grounder and Hellickson walked Ryan Braun, left fielder Adam Eaton overran a towering flyball by Eric Thames that dropped a few feet into fair territory and bounced into the seats for a ground-rule double, scoring Moustakas.

Orlando Arcia added a two-run single, with Thames reaching the plate when right fielder Victor Robles' throw sailed over the head of catcher Yan Gomes.

Moustakas hit a two-run homer for a 6-0 in the second. Pina connected in the fifth for his first home run of the season.

Brandon Woodruff (5-1) struck out a career-high nine while notching his third straight win. He gave up one run in six innings.

''I tell myself to just go out every inning and attack the guys, and get strike one first, go right after them,'' Woodruff said.

The Nationals made it 7-3 with two runs in the seventh off Matt Albers. Wilmer Difo had an RBI single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick.

RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE

Woodruff was especially effective facing the meat of the Nationals' order. Six of his strikeouts came against Washington's No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters (Rendon twice, Gomes three times and Brian Dozier once).

GRIDIRON DIAMONDS

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, whose team won the college football championship last season, threw out a ceremonial first pitch. He was accompanied by former Brewers infielder Bill Spiers, who was a Clemson punter and is now a member of Swinney's staff.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: OF Juan Soto (back spasms) is expected to return from the injured list on Saturday, Martinez said.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Thursday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Patrick Corbin (2-1, 3.71 ERA) gave up three runs in six innings in his last start, May 4 at Philadelphia.

Brewers: Friday in Chicago against the Cubs. Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 2.61 ERA) makes his third start since being signed as a free agent on April 27.

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  • W: B. Woodruff (5-1)L: J. Hellickson (2-1)S: J. Hader (10)
  • HR: MIL - M. Moustakas (9), M. Pina (1), C. Yelich (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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V. Robles RF30010000.263.303.466.7691.0
A. Rendon 3B40000031.325.415.6751.090-1.5
Y. Gomes C40000041.253.330.367.697-2.0
B. Dozier 2B41300010.196.308.348.6564.5
W. Difo SS41110012.232.303.313.6162.5
A. Sanchez 1B40100012.250.250.250.5000.5
M. Taylor CF30100112.139.244.194.4382.5
J. Hellickson P10000000.143.333.143.4760.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- H. Kendrick PH00010000.320.382.560.9421.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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c- K. Suzuki PH10000013.266.314.531.846-0.5
  • a-singled for Grace in the 6th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly for Fedde in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF50000001.250.310.395.7040.0
C. Yelich RF42311100.356.462.7971.25812.0
M. Moustakas 2B52221002.272.341.560.90110.0
R. Braun LF31100201.254.305.467.7736.0
E. Thames 1B31210212.247.372.468.8406.5
T. Shaw 3B40000126.172.264.297.5610.0
M. Pina C41111016.154.250.282.5325.5
O. Arcia SS40220010.250.299.398.6983.5
B. Woodruff P30000023.353.389.471.859-1.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Claudio in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Dozier (2), M. Taylor (2)
  • SF - V. Robles, H. Kendrick (4)
  • RBI - V. Robles (14), W. Difo (7), H. Kendrick (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 4 (4), Y. Gomes, M. Taylor 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (9), E. Thames (2)
  • HR - C. Yelich (16), M. Moustakas (9), M. Pina
  • RBI - C. Yelich (37), M. Moustakas 2 (24), E. Thames (17), M. Pina (2), O. Arcia 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, E. Thames 2 (2), T. Shaw 3 (3), M. Pina 3 (3), B. Woodruff 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Yelich (7), R. Braun (3)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rendon (2)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Shaw (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.07633425.521.61-4.0
M. Grace1.02110116.881.650.5
E. Fedde1.01002100.001.200.5
K. Barraclough1.00000001.321.393.0
W. Suero1.01001106.601.271.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.0
M. Grace1.0
E. Fedde1.0
K. Barraclough1.0
W. Suero1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff (W, 5-1)6.04110904.251.3727.5
M. Albers0.23220104.501.00-4.5
A. Claudio0.10000104.001.110.5
J. Guerra1.00000202.110.754.0
B. Smith0.11000000.000.43-1.0
J. Hader (S, 10)0.20001202.950.767.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff (W, 5-1)6.0
M. Albers0.2
A. Claudio0.1
J. Guerra1.0
B. Smith0.1
J. Hader (S, 10)0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 99-55, M. Grace 17-11, E. Fedde 26-12, K. Barraclough 14-7, W. Suero 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 5-4, M. Grace 2-0, E. Fedde 2-0, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 23, M. Grace 5, E. Fedde 6, K. Barraclough 3, W. Suero 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 103-68, M. Albers 14-10, A. Claudio 3-3, J. Guerra 11-8, B. Smith 11-9, J. Hader 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 2-7, J. Guerra 1-0, B. Smith 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 22, M. Albers 5, A. Claudio, J. Guerra 3, B. Smith 3, J. Hader 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton LF50100034.293.348.408.756-0.5
V. Robles RF30010000.263.303.466.7691.0
A. Rendon 3B40000031.325.415.6751.090-1.5
Y. Gomes C40000041.253.330.367.697-2.0
B. Dozier 2B41300010.196.308.348.6564.5
W. Difo SS41110012.232.303.313.6162.5
A. Sanchez 1B40100012.250.250.250.5000.5
M. Taylor CF30100112.139.244.194.4382.5
J. Hellickson P10000000.143.333.143.4760.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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E. Fedde P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- H. Kendrick PH00010000.320.382.560.9421.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- K. Suzuki PH10000013.266.314.531.846-0.5
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  • a-singled for Grace in the 6th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly for Fedde in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF50000001.250.310.395.7040.0
C. Yelich RF42311100.356.462.7971.25812.0
M. Moustakas 2B52221002.272.341.560.90110.0
R. Braun LF31100201.254.305.467.7736.0
E. Thames 1B31210212.247.372.468.8406.5
T. Shaw 3B40000126.172.264.297.5610.0
M. Pina C41111016.154.250.282.5325.5
O. Arcia SS40220010.250.299.398.6983.5
B. Woodruff P30000023.353.389.471.859-1.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hader P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Claudio in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Dozier (2), M. Taylor (2)
  • SF - V. Robles, H. Kendrick (4)
  • RBI - V. Robles (14), W. Difo (7), H. Kendrick (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 4 (4), Y. Gomes, M. Taylor 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moustakas (9), E. Thames (2)
  • HR - C. Yelich (16), M. Moustakas (9), M. Pina
  • RBI - C. Yelich (37), M. Moustakas 2 (24), E. Thames (17), M. Pina (2), O. Arcia 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Cain, E. Thames 2 (2), T. Shaw 3 (3), M. Pina 3 (3), B. Woodruff 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Yelich (7), R. Braun (3)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rendon (2)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Shaw (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.07633425.521.61-4.0
M. Grace1.02110116.881.650.5
E. Fedde1.01002100.001.200.5
K. Barraclough1.00000001.321.393.0
W. Suero1.01001106.601.271.5
Total8.01174673---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 2-1)4.0
M. Grace1.0
E. Fedde1.0
K. Barraclough1.0
W. Suero1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff (W, 5-1)6.04110904.251.3727.5
M. Albers0.23220104.501.00-4.5
A. Claudio0.10000104.001.110.5
J. Guerra1.00000202.110.754.0
B. Smith0.11000000.000.43-1.0
J. Hader (S, 10)0.20001202.950.767.0
Total9.08331150---
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff (W, 5-1)6.0
M. Albers0.2
A. Claudio0.1
J. Guerra1.0
B. Smith0.1
J. Hader (S, 10)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 99-55, M. Grace 17-11, E. Fedde 26-12, K. Barraclough 14-7, W. Suero 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 5-4, M. Grace 2-0, E. Fedde 2-0, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 23, M. Grace 5, E. Fedde 6, K. Barraclough 3, W. Suero 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 103-68, M. Albers 14-10, A. Claudio 3-3, J. Guerra 11-8, B. Smith 11-9, J. Hader 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 2-7, J. Guerra 1-0, B. Smith 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 22, M. Albers 5, A. Claudio, J. Guerra 3, B. Smith 3, J. Hader 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Kendrick hit sacrifice fly to center, Difo scored37
    Difo singled to right center, Dozier scored27
  • 6TH INNING
    Robles hit sacrifice fly to left, Noll scored17
  • 5TH INNING
    Pina homered to left center07
  • 2ND INNING
    Moustakas homered to right, Yelich scored06
  • 1ST INNING
    Arcia singled to right, Braun and Thames scored, Shaw to third, Arcia to second04
    Thames doubled to left, Moustakas scored, Braun to third02
    Yelich homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Burch Smith relieved Junior Guerra
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier singled to center
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Difo popped out to shortstop
    • Ad. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez safe at first on 3rd baseman Shaw fielding error, Dozier to third
    • Josh Hader relieved Burch Smith
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
    • Kurt Suzuki hit for Wander Suero
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Junior Guerra pitching
    • V. Robles: Robles grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich singled to deep right
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Moustakas flied out to left
    • R. Braun: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Braun grounded out to second, Yelich to second
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Thames walked
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Albers relieved Brandon Woodruff
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to deep right
    • W. Difo: Foul, Difo singled to right center, Dozier scored
    • Ad. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
    • M. Taylor: Taylor doubled to left, Difo to third
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Erick Fedde
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick hit sacrifice fly to center, Difo scored
    • Alex Claudio relieved Matt Albers
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arcia lined out to right
    • Ben Gamel hit for Alex Claudio
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gamel flied out to left
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cain lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Jake Noll hit for Matt Grace
    • J. Noll: Strike looking, Noll singled to right
    • A. Eaton: Eaton singled to right, Noll to third
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles hit sacrifice fly to left, Noll scored
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rendon flied out to deep left
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Erick Fedde pitching
    • C. Yelich: Yelich grounded out to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moustakas doubled to deep left
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Braun walked
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Thames walked, Moustakas to third, Braun to second
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • M. Pina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pina reached on fielder's choice to third, Braun out at third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • Ad. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace relieved Jeremy Hellickson
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Shaw grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Pina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pina homered to left center
    • O. Arcia: Arcia singled to center
    • B. Woodruff: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Woodruff struck out looking
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cain grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cain grounded out to first
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Yelich walked
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas fouled out to third
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Braun singled to left, Yelich to second
    • E. Thames: Ball, Yelich stole third Braun stole second,, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hellickson grounded out to first
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton lined out to left
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Ball, Strike swinging, Pina grounded out to third
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • B. Woodruff: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Woodruff flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier singled to left center
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Difo flied out to right
    • Ad. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez singled to center, Dozier to third
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sanchez out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cain grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Yelich singled to center
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Moustakas homered to right, Yelich scored
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Braun flied out to deep right
    • E. Thames: Thames reached on an infield single to third
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Shaw flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Eaton struck out on foul tip
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Robles lined out to center
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich homered to right center
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon fielding error
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Braun walked, Moustakas to second
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Thames doubled to left, Moustakas scored, Braun to third
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Shaw walked
    • M. Pina: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pina struck out looking
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arcia singled to right, Braun and Thames scored, Shaw to third, Arcia to second
    • B. Woodruff: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Woodruff struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)