Nationals 4, Brewers 1

Wisconsin-native Jordan Zimmermann pitched his first game

against Milwaukee, and his teammates hit three home runs in the

Washington Nationals’ 4-1 victory over the Brewers on Saturday


Zimmermann (8-6) struck out six and gave up five hits in six

innings. The right-hander, who was born in Auburndale and played at

the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has not allowed more

than one earned run in each of his last seven starts.

Drew Storen and Sean Burnett each threw an inning of relief and

Tyler Clippard pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Washington center fielder Bryce Harper was a late scratch

because of a stomach virus and was replaced by Corey Brown.

Brown led off the fourth by homering to left field, his first

career hit giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. It was the start of a

six-hit inning off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf (3-7).

With one out, Michael Morse singled and took second on a balk,

but was easily thrown out at home by right fielder Norichika Aoki

on Adam LaRoche’s single. The next batter, Tyler Moore, hit his

sixth homer to left for a 3-0 lead.

Milwaukee’s run came in the fifth on Rickie Weeks’ 11th homer of

the season.

Wolf gave up four earned runs on nine hits in seven innings, as

the Brewers lost for the eighth time in nine games.

NOTES: Brown was 0 for 10 entering the game. He was recalled

from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday and played in his 11th game for

the Nationals in the last two years. . Milwaukee backup catcher

George Kottaras, who was designated for assignment on Thursday,

could be traded to Oakland as soon as Sunday. Despite a rumor a

deal was finalized Saturday afternoon, Brewers’ general manager

Doug Melvin said ”nothing is finalized” before the game. .

Washington manager Davey Johnson said infielder Chad Tracy might

return Tuesday. He’s been on the disabled list with a right groin

tear since late May.