Brewers beat Nationals 4-1 to end 8-game losing streak
WASHINGTON (AP) — Willy Adames homered and drove in three runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell tied Phil Garner for the most managerial wins in franchise history with 563 as the Brewers halted their longest slip since September 2015.
Washington was denied its first sweep since winning two in Toronto on Aug. 17-18 last year and its first three-game sweep since June 14-16, 2021 against Pittsburgh. It was the first time this season that the last-placed Nationals entered the final game of a series with a sweeping chance.
Adames, who had been 1 for 16 in four games since returning from the injured list, drove Evan Lee’s fastball into the visitor’s bullpen for a two-out, two-run shot in the fifth inning.
“It’s been a tough time, but it’s a challenge for us as a team,” Adames said. “I’m glad it happened now, not later.”
Andrew McCutchen added a solo homer in the ninth, his fourth of the season and first since May 21 against Washington.
Hoby Milner (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings scoreless, escaping a two-on-two jam he inherited from starter Jason Alexander by retiring batter Maikel Franco.
Josh Hader hit the team in the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances. It was his first outing since giving up two home runs in Philadelphia on Tuesday to end his 32-game conversion streak.
The Nationals totaled 19 points in the first two games of the series but couldn’t put together much on Sunday. Washington was 0 of 6 with runners in scoring position and 10 men pinned on base.
“We only had one run out of two (situations) loaded with bases,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “In recent days, it has been continuous where we have scored several points. It was just one of those days.
Washington’s Paolo Espino (0-1), making his first start of the season after 20 relief appearances, allowed a run on four hits while striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead on Adames’ RBI double in the third.
“He’s had a slow start since he got back from IL, but those days are coming,” Counsell said. “He’s too good a hitter for them not to come.”
Josh Bell’s sacrificial fly in the fourth was the Nationals’ only run against Alexander, who allowed seven hits and three walks and struck out two in 4 2/3 innings.
Brewers: 2B Luis Urías was taken out precautionary in the fifth inning with a right hamstring strain. Counsell said Urías was hand to mouth.
Nationals: SS Alcides Escobar (cut to his right hamstring), on the injured list since June 1, started taking pounding and punching. “He’s getting closer,” Martinez said.
McCutchen’s home run has continued its solid play lately. He’s hitting .407 (11 of 27) in seven games since ending a 1-for-40 slide.
EDWARDS STREAK CANCELED
Nationals reliever Carl Edwards Jr. had pitched 15 1/3 scoreless innings in his previous 13 outings before giving up the McCutchen homer. It was the first inning Edwards has allowed since allowing three in his Washington debut against the New York Mets on May 10.
Brewers: After a day off Monday, Milwaukee continues its journey Tuesday against the New York Mets with RHP Adrian Houser (3-6, 3.92 ERA) drawing the start.
Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (6-4, 4.33), who is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last three starts, gets the nod as Washington hosts Atlanta for the start of a series of three games.
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