Nats rally but still drop 7th straight

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Courtesy of the Washington Nationals

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals were riding high after taking two of three from the Cubs and winning the first two games at San Diego. Since then, they’ve struggled and came up on the short end. The recent setback yesterday was Washington’s seventh loss in a row despite a furious rally down 6-1.

The Brewers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a three-run shot by Chris Carter in the first. In the top of the second, the Nats cut into the deficit with an RBI single by Wilson Ramos that scored Daniel Murphy. The Brewers tacked on a run in the bottom second and two more in the third to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

The Nats started chipping at it in the fourth. With Ryan Zimmerman at third and Anthony Rendon at second base, Danny Espinosa hit a sacrifice bunt to score Zimmerman and move Rendon. Rendon was sent home thanks to a sacrifice fly by Clint Robinson to cut the deficit in half, 6-3.

In the sixth, an Espinosa sac fly scored Zimmerman and it was a two run game. In the seventh, a sac fly by Zimmerman scored Werth and it became a 6-5 game. The Nats best chance to tie the game came in the top of the ninth with the heart of the order due up in Bryce Harper, Murphy, and Ramos due up. Harper got on with a single but Murphy lined out while Ramos grounded into a double play that ended the game.

The Nats look to snap this seven game skid this afternoon at 2:10, the finale of their road trip. Stephen Strasburg was supposed to take the mound but due upper back problems, he was scratched from the lineup. Tanner Roark will start in his place. What was once a six game lead over the second-place Mets in the NL East is now just a two game lead, so Washington looks for some momentum today before returning home to welcome the defending NL Champions.

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