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Brewers Win 6th Straight

May 08, 2019 - 4:22 pm

MILWAUKEE – The Brewers completed the sweep of the Nationals, Wednesday, with a 7-3 victory at Miller Park.

The win extended the Brewers’ MLB-leading winning streak to six games – tying the team’s 2019 season high.

Christian Yelich got the winning effort started in the first inning, belting his 16th home run of the season for the first Brewers tally. It was the first of four runs that inning; Eric Thames doubled to score Mike Moustakas, and Orlando Arcia singled to score Ryan Braun and Thames.

Moustakas continued the run production in second inning with a two-run home run, his ninth, scoring Yelich. Manny Piña, in the starting lineup in place of Yasmani Grandal, clobbered his first long ball of the season for the seventh Brewers run of the afternoon in the fifth.

They all backed up a solid start from Brandon Woodruff who pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks while fanning nine Nationals batters. It was enough to secure Woody's fifth win of the 2019 campaign.

Things got a little dicey for Matt Albers in the seventh; he allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Alex Claudio mopped it up, before handing things off to Junior Guerra for a scoreless eighth.

In the ninth inning, Craig Counsell called on Burch Smith. The 29-year-old quickly found himself staring down the tying run in the on-deck circle with two men on and one out. The bullpen phone then rang for Josh Hader. After losing the batter Michael Taylor to a base on balls, Hader slammed the door with back-to-back strikeouts to earn his 10th save of the season.

All was not good for two members of the Brewers lineup, though; Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-5 win the leadoff spot, and Travis Shaw finished 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.