By Michael Marzzacco
Home runs by Jose Lobaton and Clint Robinson gave Washington the momentum they needed for a big 3-2 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee that ended a seven game losing streak. A loss by the Mets to the Braves increased the Nats slim lead in the NL East to three games.
It was scoreless until the seventh when Lobaton belted a solo shot to left-center for his first home run of the year. The Nats added some much needed insurance that would pay off in the final two innings thanks to a two-run shot by Robinson over the right field wall into the Nats bullpen.
The Brewers got a run in the eighth inning. Shawn Kelly came on to close it out in the ninth and struck out the first two batters but surrendered a home run to Martin Maldonado that cut the Nats lead to 3-2. Jonathan Villar followed with a popup to deep left field that Jayson Werth lost in the sun, allowing Villar to get to third. With the tying run 90 feet away, Werth redeemed himself as Scooter Gennett flied out to him. This time Werth caught it and pumped his fist in celebration.
The Nats take on the Mets tonight as Joe Ross and Noah Syndergaard go head to head. First pitch is at 7:05.