Kolten Wong propels Brewers to 7-3 win over Nationals
MILWAUKEE – Kolten Wong homered and drove in three runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Lorenzo Cain also connected when Milwaukee took the rubber game of the weekend series. The leaders of the NL Central have won 10 of 13 overall.
Hunter Strickland (2-1) got two outs for the victory, and Josh Hader recorded the last out for his 26th save.
Wong drove Sean Nolin’s second pitch deep to right field for his 10th home run. It was his fifth first shot this season and the seventh of his career.
Wong had another big swing in the fourth. After Nolin (0-2) walked two consecutive walks, leading to a visit to the mound, Wong hit a two-run triple to break the tie in the right-field corner.
Wong also walked and scored on a Christian Yelich grounder in the sixth, and Cain hit a two-run homer off Jefry Rodriguez in the seventh.
In Saturday night’s 9-6 victory, Yelich hit two home runs, including his third career Grand Slam, and drove in six runs. The 2018 National League MVP was 2 of 5 in the series finale.
“It’s really a good sight to see,” pitcher Adrian Houser said of Yelich. “Hopefully it keeps increasing and we have some 2018, 2019 Yellies here down the stretch.”
Nolin had three runs and six hits in four innings.
“I felt like I could keep the team in it for a while,” Nolin said. “The fourth inning got away from me a bit. Kolten Wong had my number today. He made mistakes. I guess that’s the key to hitting, making mistakes. “
the The Brewers took a careful approach to Houser in the right-hander’s first start since he came off the COVID-19 disabled list. He was retired after 68 pitches, leaving with runners in the corners and one out in the fourth.
“There was no rust there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We took him on a series of pitches that we thought were practical for us to get into the game and then set him up for some normalcy as we go along.”
Strickland came in and struck out Carter Kieboom and Riley Adams, ending the inning.
Houser allowed an undeserved run and three hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Kieboom hit a solo home run during Washington’s ninth of two runs. Then Hader closed it when Juan Soto bounced off a selection play.
The Nationals allowed 11 walks, the most of the season.
“They can’t be afraid to throw strikes,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “Don’t give them any gifts. We are giving them too many gifts. “
Nationals: CF Lane Thomas made his second straight outfield start despite being under 100%. “It went through protocol. Everything went well, ”Martinez said. “I want to make sure he drinks a lot of fluids for the next few days and hydrates.”
Brewers: INF Eduardo Escobar left with a sore right hamstring. “We’re going to have an MRI tonight,” Counsell said. “That is all.” … 1B Daniel Vogelbach (left hamstring strain) transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Nationals: RHP Austin Voth and Kyle McGowin (right bicep fatigue) were reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. OF Andrew Stevenson was sent to Triple-A Rochester, and RHP Javy Guerra was designated for assignment.
Brewers: LZ Aaron Ashby was called up from Triple-A Nashville. LDs Miguel Sánchez and Eric Yardley were eliminated.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (5-8, 5.14 ERA) faces Jesús Luzardo (4-6, 7.76 ERA) and the Miami Marlins on Tuesday in the opening of a three-game set.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (8-4, 2.13 ERA) pitches Tuesday night in the first game of a three-game series against second-place Cincinnati. RHP Tyler Mahle (10-4, 3.78 ERA) starts for the visiting Reds.
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