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Brewers plunge 4.5 games out of NL Central with loss to Majors' worst team

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Ellsworth,Wisconsin 54011
Pierce County Herald
Brewers plunge 4.5 games out of NL Central with loss to Majors' worst team
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The Milwaukee Brewers lost their third straight game last night, 8-3 to the Washington Nationals at Miller Park.

It was their second straight loss to the Majors' worst team and Milwaukee lost another half-game in the pennant race, falling 4.5 behind St. Louis.


The Cardinals moved back into the National League Central lead with a 10-0 home rout of Los Angeles, while the Chicago Cubs dropped a half-game back with an 11-6 home loss to third-place Houston.

The Brewers fell behind early in their game, as Nyjer Morgan hit a lead-off homer off surprise starter Carlos Villanueva.

The Nationals made it 5-1 in the fourth, and added three in eighth on a homer by Cristian Guzman.

Adam Dunn also went yard for Washington, which won its fourth straight.

Ryan Braun homered and tripled for the Brewers, who've lost 16-of-23 games in July and dropped two games below .500.

Collin Balester won his second start of the year, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings. He's now 1-1.

Villanueva gave up five runs in four innings for the loss. He's 2-8.

The Brewers and Nationals play again tonight.

Left-hander Manny Parra faces Washington right-hander Garrett Mock.