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Brewers rocked by Nats, lose ground

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Center field (main) gate at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The stadium is home to the Washington Nationals, a team belonging to Major League Baseball. By Tim Evanson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Center field (main) gate at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The stadium is home to the Washington Nationals, a team belonging to Major League Baseball. By Tim Evanson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Milwaukee wrapped up a four game series with the best team in baseball and while they played to a draw over the weekend, the Washington Nationals routed the Brewers 12-2 Monday afternoon in the series finale.  After Washington scored first, Corey Hart evened the score with a second inning solo home.  It stayed even until the fourth when the Nationals erupted for six runs, most coming with two outs.  Washington moved in font 3-1 when with two outs, Carlos Gomez lost a ball in the sun, allowing a couple of runs in.  Ryan Zimmerman then put the game out of reach with a three run homer, part of a 3 for 4 afternoon with four runs batted in.   Jordan Zimmerman, a native of Auburndale, picked up his 12th win working six and two thirds, allowing a run on four hits with seven strikeouts.  Estrada took the loss giving up 7 runs, six earned in four innings.  Even though Milwaukee split the series after sweeping Pittsburgh to go 5-2 on the road trip so far, they still lost ground to the St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild card spot.  St. Louis beat Houston 6-1 and the Cards now lead both Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Dodgers by three and a half games with nine to play.  The Brewers only other run came on the 50th double from Aramis Ramirez this year, three away from Lyle Overbay's single season record.   The Brewers open a three game series with NL Central champion Cincinnati Tuesday night at the Great American Ballpark.  It's the final road series of the year for the Brewers who finish the season with a homestand facing Houston and San Diego.

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