Sun. Final: Nationals 8, Brewers 3
Next game: Monday, August 24th at Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman, Cristian Guzman and Adam Dunn homered to help the Washington Nationals end a five-game skid with an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Rookie right-hander Craig Stammen (4-6) allowed three runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time in six starts. Zimmerman drove in three runs and Ronnie Belliard had two RBIs.
Alcides Escobar hit his first major league homer for the Brewers, who had won two straight, but his error helped Washington score three unearned runs off Manny Parra in the first. Nyjer Morgan reached on an infield single and was safe at second when the shortstop couldn't handle Parra's throw to second on Guzman's bouncer to the mound.
Zimmerman then delivered a run-scoring single to center and Ronnie Belliard later added a two-out, two-run bloop hit to right.
Morgan's successful suicide squeeze plated Mike Morse and Guzman's two-out solo shot to left made it 5-0 in the second.
Parra, who had won four of his past five starts, allowed eight runs -- five earned -- and eight hits over 3 1-3 innings.
Dunn connected for his 33rd homer in the third, hitting a leadoff drive into the second deck in right. Guzman singled with one out in the fourth before Zimmerman launched his career-high 26th home run to center, knocking Parra (8-10) from the game.
Escobar lined Stammen's 2-1 pitch into the left-field stands in the fifth to cut the Nationals' lead to 8-2.
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun was ejected for throwing his helmet in the sixth after shortstop Guzman ranged into short left field to snag his grounder and throw him out at first for the inning's first out. Braun used two hands to heave his headgear in disgust and got tossed by first base umpire Mike Muchlinksi.
NOTES: For the fourth time this season, Brewers manager Ken Macha batted his starting pitcher eighth, with Escobar hitting ninth. ... Washington OF Elijah Dukes was scratched with a sore, blistered left thumb. He was replaced by Morse in right field. ... The three homers allowed by Parra were a season high. ... Washington's Josh Willingham was hit by a Carlos Villanueva pitch in the sixth, the team-high 12th time this year he's been plunked.
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