Nats get much needed win

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Updated: August 2, 2013
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The Milwaukee Brewers are exactly what the Washington Nationals needed. The Nats need wins, after falling back 11.5 games to the Atlanta Braves, and got a Curly W tonight in the first game of a weekend series with the Brewers.

Bryce Harper went 2 for 5 with a home run and an error hard grounder that resulted in another run to help the Nats cruise to a 4-1 win tonight.  Jayson Werth also added three hits, going 3 for 4 and pushing his batting average to .309 on the season.

Washington’s first run came as Ian Desmond scored on a Johnathan Lucory throwing error to give the Nats a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.  One inning later, Harper tagged Burke Badenhop to deep right to put the Nats up 2-0 in the sixth inning.  Anthony Rendon singled in the 7th inning single that scored Wilson Ramos.  The Nats put the Brewer bullpen on the ropes in the ninth inning with double by Denard Span and then a hard hit grounder by Harper that led to a fielding error and a run scored for the Nats in the ninth inning.

Jordan Zimmermann threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks, but fanned 5 Brewers. Zimmermann earned the win to improve to 13-6 on the season and lowering his season ERA to 3.06. He needed a strong outing after getting pounded for 5 runs over 6.2 innings in his last start. Tyler Clippard struggled in the 8th inning, allowing a solo home run and a walk before retiring the Brewers.

Rafael Soriano came on in the ninth earning to earn his 27th save of the season.

Nats Streaks:

*  Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to FIVE straight games.  Over that stretch, Harper is 8 for 21.

*  Denard Span extended is hitting streak to FIVE consecutive games.  Over that stretch, Span is 10 for 18 at the plate.