MILWAUKEE (AP) — 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 additionally linked as Milwaukee took the rubber sport of the weekend series. The NL Central leaders have won 10 of 13 overall.
Hunter Strickland (2-1) obtained two outs for the win, and Josh Hader recorded the final out for his 26th attach.
Wong drove Sean Nolin’s 2d pitch deep to appropriate for his 10th homer. It used to be his fifth leadoff shot this season and No. 7 for his profession.
Wong had yet every other giant swing in the fourth. After Nolin (0-2) issued consecutive two-out walks, leading to a mound visit, Wong poked a tiebreaking two-chase triple into the appropriate-field nook.
Wong additionally walked and scored on Christian Yelich’s groundout in the sixth, and Cain hit a two-chase homer off Jefry Rodriguez in the seventh.
In Saturday night’s 9-6 win, Yelich homered twice, together with his third profession huge slam, and drove in six runs. The 2018 NL MVP went 2 for five in the series finale.
“It’s if fact be told a wonderful test out to leer,” pitcher Adrian Houser acknowledged of Yelich. “Optimistically, it keeps trending up and we accept some 2018, 2019 Yellie here down the stretch.”
Nolin used to be charged with three runs and six hits in four innings.
“I felt cherish I used to be ready to preserve the team in it for a tiny bit bit,” Nolin acknowledged. “The fourth inning obtained some distance off from me a tiny bit bit. Kolten Wong had my quantity today. He hit mistakes. I mutter that’s the predominant to hitting, hitting mistakes.”
The Brewers took a cautious system with Houser in the appropriate-hander’s first delivery since coming off the COVID-19 injured list. He used to be pulled after 68 pitches, departing with runners on the corners and one out in the fourth.
“There used to be no rust there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell acknowledged. “We obtained him to a necessity of pitches that we thought used to be functional to every accept us into the game and then have him up for some normalcy as we switch ahead.”
Strickland got here in and struck out Carter Kieboom and Riley Adams, ending the inning.
Houser allowed an unearned chase and three hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Kieboom hit a solo homer all the procedure by procedure of Washington’s two-chase ninth. Hader then closed it out when Juan Soto bounced into a fielder’s need.
The Nationals allowed a season-excessive 11 walks.
“They will’t be alarmed of throwing strikes,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez acknowledged. “Don’t give them any freebies. We’re giving them system too many freebies.”
Nationals: CF Lane Thomas made his 2d consecutive delivery in the outfield despite being lower than 100%. “He went by procedure of protocol. All the pieces got here abet fine,” Martinez acknowledged. “I need to fabricate particular that he drinks reasonably a good deal of fluids the following couple of days and will get hydrated.”
Brewers: INF Eduardo Escobar left with appropriate hamstring discomfort. “We’re going to accept an MRI tonight,” Counsell acknowledged. “That’s it.” … 1B Daniel Vogelbach (strained left hamstring) used to be transferred to the 60-day injured list.
Nationals: RHPs Austin Voth and Kyle McGowin (appropriate biceps fatigue) had been reinstated from the 10-day injured list. OF Andrew Stevenson used to be optioned to Triple-A Rochester, and RHP Javy Guerra used to be designated for assignment.
Brewers: LHP Aaron Ashby used to be recalled from Triple-A Nashville. RHPs Miguel Sánchez and Eric Yardley had been sent down.
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 opener of a 3-sport space.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (8-4, 2.13 ERA) pitches Tuesday night in the opener of a 3-sport series against 2d-region Cincinnati. RHP Tyler Mahle (10-4, 3.78 ERA) starts for the visiting Reds.
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