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Double whammy: Brewers lose badly and Cardinals win

WASHINGTON D.C. - Gio Gonzalez became this season's first 20-game winner, pitching the Washington Nationals to a 10-4 victory over Milwaukee.

Milwaukee has fallen two and a half games behind St. Louis for a National League wild-card berth in the playoffs after the Cardinals edged the Cubs 5-4 in 10 innings yesterday.

Gonzalez also became the first Washington pitcher to strike out 200 batters since Walter Johnson in 1916. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond pounded a pair of three-run homes in the fourth inning to help end the Brewers' six-game winning streak.The lefty Gonzalez went seven innings, allowing just three hits and two unearned runs. He is a Cy Young candidate with a 20-8 record and an earned run average of 2.84. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta was knocked out in the third inning. The Brewers did manage to scored twice in the sixth, then Taylor Green hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

Yovania Gallardo pitches for Milwaukee today, against Washington's Chien-Ming Wang.