Nats strand runners late, fall to Brewers

Bryce Harper hits a double in the first inning. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals scored three runs in the third to take the lead but that was short lived as they dropped their sixth game in a row in Milwaukee 5-3. Max Scherzer in his first start at Miller Park since flirting with a perfect game, couldn’t recreate the magic that he had last year. All five Brewer runs were given up by Scherzer, including two home runs. Despite taking the loss, dropping his record to 8-5, Scherzer struck out 10 batters.

The Brewers jumped out to a 2-0 on a single by Aaron Hill that scored Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy. The Nats answered with three runs in the third. With Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper on, a Daniel Murphy double to centerfield tied the game at 2. Wilson Ramos followed with a single into left field to bring Murphy home. Nats took a 3-2 lead.

Keon Broxton homered in the fifth to tie the game at 3. In the sixth, Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a home run of his own to put the Brewers up 5-3.

The Nats had opportunities in the eighth and ninth inning to tie the game or take a lead. The eighth inning opportunity proved to be the most golden. Daniel Murphy led off and got hit by a pitch. Ramos answered with another double. Runners on second and third, nobody out. A base knock would have tied the game up. Ryan Zimmerman struck out, Anthony Rendon drew a walk and the bases were loaded. Another opportunity that Washington squandered as Danny Espinosa struck out and Clint Robinson popped out.

The ninth inning was the Nationals last chance to avoid being losers of six in a row. Ben Revere led off being hit by a pitch. After Michael Taylor struck out and Harper lined out, Murphy singled and moved Revere to third. With runners at the corners, Ramos had a chance to be the hero. Instead he struck out swinging and the Nats will have to try again tomorrow at 4 to end their losing skid.


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