Early homers lift Brewers to win
WASHINGTON—Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis homered and Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 in a meeting of division leaders Friday night.
Aramis Ramirez added a two-run single for the NL Central leading Brewers.
Lohse (10-4) picked up his first win since June 22. He allowed 10 hits, but just a run over seven innings as Washington went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura was back in the lineup, a week after the sudden death of his 9-month-old son, and went 1 for 4.
Bryce Harper had a homer and two singles for Washington, which began play percentage points ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. Francisco Rodriguez gave up Harper’s ninth-inning homer, but picked up his 28th save.
Stephen Strasburg (7-7) allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out nine in seven innings.
Lohse allowed a base runner in every inning and threw 103 pitches. He struck out three without a walk
Washington had won 10 of 14 coming in while the Brewers had dropped 11 of 13, but it was Milwaukee that started fast.
The Brewers got solo homers from Gennett in the first inning and Davis in the second.
In the fourth, Strasburg issued a two-out walk to Gennett and Ryan Braun doubled him to third. Ramirez then blooped a single to right, scoring both runners to make it 4-0.
Strasburg, who allowed seven runs in 4 2-3 innings June 25 in Milwaukee, had given up just five earned runs in 20 1-3 innings in his three starts since.
Washington failed to score despite having first and third with no outs in the second and stranded five base runners in the first three innings.
The Nationals pulled to within 4-1 in the fourth when Ryan Zimmerman led off with a double and scored on a double by Ian Desmond.
Denard Span had three singles for Washington.
NOTES: Segura had gone back to the Dominican Republic after the death of his son, Janniel, last Friday, and rejoined the team Thursday. He received a warm ovation when he came to bat in the second inning. … Washington manager Matt Williams said RHP Jordan Zimmerman, who left his last start in the fourth inning due to a right biceps cramp, will pitch a bullpen session Saturday and is tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday at Colorado. … RHP Tanner Roark (8-6, 3.01) will pitch Saturday against Milwaukee’s Matt Garza (6-6, 3.69). LHP Gio Gonzalez had been scheduled to pitch for Washington, but missed Thursday’s team workout—and his bullpen session—when one of his flights was cancelled, according to Williams. Gonzalez threw a bullpen session Friday and will pitch Sunday. … The Nationals announced they have agreed to terms with right-hander Erick Fedde, the 18th overall pick in the 2014 draft.