Washington Nationals: Haren, Nats shut down Brewers 3-0
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dan Haren pitched seven strong innings and Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos hit home runs to lead the Washington Nationals to a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
Haren gave up just four hits, with six strikeouts and two walks.
It was the second straight strong outing for Haren (6-11) as he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings of a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on July 27. Prior to that, Heron had not won a game in more than two months as the Nationals had lost his previous 11 starts. Haren went 0-8 with a 6.18 ERA in that stretch.
Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth inning to earn his 28th save in 32 chances.
The only inning that Heron struggled was the first as he gave up a leadoff double to Rickie Weeks. Weeks moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Haren struck out Jean Segura, but walked Jonathan Lucroy. He got Carlos Gomez to pop out to short to end the inning.
Donovan Hand (0-3), making his sixth start of the season, gave up three runs on five hits for the Brewers.
Milwaukee lost its third straight game and has only scored one run in the first two games of the series.
The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Hot-hitting Jayson Werth singled to start the inning and scored on Anthony Rendon's sacrifice fly as he slid around the tag from Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Ramos' seventh home run of the season in the fifth inning boosted Washington's lead to 2-0.
LaRoche broke out of his hitting slump in a big way in the sixth inning, lining a pitch over the leftfield wall for his 15th home run of the season to give Washington a 3-0 lead. LaRoche had just one hit in his previous 28 at bats.
Notes: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said LHP Tom Gorzelanny is expected to miss at least one start after being struck on his pitching elbow by a line drive Friday night. ... The attendance for the first two games of the series was 70,514, meaning the team handed out $705,100 in vouchers for food and merchandise. The team is handing out $10 vouchers to every fan that attends a home game in August as a result of slugger Ryan Braun's suspension for the rest or the season. ... Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse (7-7) will pitch the series' finale Sunday against the Nationals' RHP Taylor Jordan (1-3).