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Nationals 5, Brewers 4

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 20 2014 04:48:20 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 20 2014 04:48:23 PM CDT

WASHINGTON -- Right fielder Jayson Werth had a game-winning double with two outs in the last of the ninth against reliever Rob Wooten as the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 to take the deciding game of the three-game series between National League contenders.

The hit down the left field line scored third baseman Anthony Rendon, who had reached on a fielder's choice. It was the 11th last at bat victory of the season for the Nationals.

Rafael Soriano (2-0) picked up the win while Wooten (1-4) was tagged with the loss. The Brewers tied the game at 4 in the top of the ninth on a one-out single by second baseman Rickie Weeks (two hits) against closer Soriano.

Washington reliever Craig Stammen, who came on the fourth, retired all eight batters he faced. Drew Storen pitched a scoreless seventh for the Nationals, Tyler Clippard fanned all three batters in the eighth but Soriano blew the save in the top of the ninth.

Clippard and Soriano had not pitched since July 12.

"They need an inning," manager Matt Williams said of Clippard and Soriano.

Ryan Zimmerman (two hits), the Washington third baseman, hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie the game at 3 against starter Yovani Gallardo. Later in the inning the Nationals took a 4-3 lead as catcher Jose Lobaton scored on a wild pitch by Gallardo, who gave up four runs in six innings.

Brewers shortstop Jean Segura scored from third on a groundout to short off the bat of center fielder Carlos Gomez -- even though the infield was in -- to make it 3-1 in the fourth as the first batter to face Stammen.

The Brewers took a 2-1 lead in the third on suspect fielding -- and throwing -- by the Nationals.

Right fielder Ryan Braun scored all the way from second when catcher Jonathan Lucroy grounded back to pitcher Gonzalez. First baseman Adam LaRoche didn't even throw home as Braun surprised the Nationals.

Left fielder Kris Davis then singled to left to score third baseman Aramis Ramirez to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. Bryce Harper, the left fielder, had no play at the plate and his throw was cut off by Gonzalez, who almost threw the ball into right field when he tried to get Davis rounding first.

Washington shortstop Ian Desmond had given the Nationals a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second.

Gonzalez, who recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in the third, went 3 1/3 innings and allowed four hits, three walks and three runs.

LaRoche had two hits against the Brewers, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games and fell to 16-10 in games started by opposing left-handers.

"They are going up there swinging, we know that," Williams said of the Brewers.

NOTES: The Brewers begin a series Monday with Cincinnati and RHP Wily Peralta (10-6, 3.72 ERA) will start for Milwaukee against RHP Mat Latos (2-1, 2.79) of the Reds. ... Washington begins a road trip on Monday at Colorado and RHP Doug Fister (8-2, 2.90) will start for the Nationals against LHP Franklin Morales (5-4, 5.26). ... Washington RHP Jordan Zimmermann, who will start Tuesday at Colorado, is a Wisconsin native and one of just nine natives of that state to be named to two All-Star teams. ... The Brewers entered Sunday with a road record of 29-20, the best mark in the National League.