Junior Guerra quiets Nationals bats in 1-0 Brewers win

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Junior Guerra throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Monday, July 4, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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WASHINGTON (AP) Junior Guerra outdueled Max Scherzer, Martin Maldonado homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Washington Nationals 1-0 on Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Guerra (6-1) allowed two hits in 7 1/3 innings, while striking out seven and walking two. The 31-year-old rookie threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his previous start and has won three straight.

Maldonado gave the Brewers the lead in the fifth when he sent a 2-1 Scherzer pitch over the visitor's bullpen for his third homer of the season.

Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Scherzer (9-6) threw 114 pitches in six innings. He gave up a run and four hits, while striking out seven and walking three.

One day after pounding six homers in a 12-1 win against the Reds, Washington hitters were stifled by Guerra.