User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Nationals 10, Brewers 5

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

WASHINGTON (AP) - An effective start by Yovani Gallardo on Monday night would have provided a respite for the taxed Milwaukee bullpen and could have increased his trade value should the Brewers opt to listen to teams looking to add a pitcher before the July 31 deadline.

Advertisement
It didn't happen. Not even close.

Gallardo lasted just three-plus innings, Bryce Harper homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals beat the slumping Brewers 10-5.

Rickie Weeks and Juan Francisco hit solo homers as Milwaukee managed 11 hits and rallied from down 8-0 to within 8-5 late in the game.

The Brewers, missing injured slugger Ryan Braun, arrive at the midway point of the season with a six-game losing streak and a 32-49 record, just two games better than Miami's NL-worst 30-51 mark.

``We're not putting everything together. You're not going to win like that,'' center fielder Carlos Gomez said. ``(If) we're pitching, we're not hitting. When we hit, we're not pitching. It doesn't work like that.''

It was the second straight poor start for Gallardo (6-8). He gave up eight runs and nine hits while striking out two and walking two.

``The ball's up. That's about it,'' Gallardo said. ``I'm just leaving pitches up in the zone. I get two strikes and I'm not able to put guys away.''

With the Brewers' bullpen spent after Sunday's 14-inning loss to Pittsburgh, the right-hander was left to fend for himself until he was pulled after the first three Nationals batters got hits in the fourth inning. His ERA rose from 4.20 to 4.78.

``Anytime you score five runs you should be able to get a win no matter what,'' Gallardo said. ``Especially tonight, I didn't go out and do what I was supposed to do, which is frustrating.''

Burke Badenhop and former Nationals left-hander Tom Gorzelanny combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Trailing by eight, Milwaukee scored a pair in the fifth and sixth innings and had the potential tying run on deck after scoring one run in the seventh.

``I like the way (that when) we got down a lot the guys kept fighting and made it interesting,'' manager Ron Roenicke said. ``We got to a point where we thought we were at least back in the ballgame.''

The Nationals answered with two in the eighth.

Sean Halton and Aramis Ramirez had a double and a single apiece for the Brewers.

After missing 31 games with bursitis in his left knee - the most lingering fallout from his collision with the Dodger Stadium wall - Harper energized the Nationals and sparked their second rout in two days. After toying with .500 for the entire month of June, Washington moved two games above the break-even mark for the first time since late May.

Jayson Werth had five RBIs, and even pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was an offensive juggernaut with a team-high three hits, including a double to start a five-run third inning and a single to open a two-run fourth and end Gallardo's night.

``He's not consistently throwing the ball where he wants to, which he's always been able to do,'' Roenicke said. ``And when he's still trying to hit corners when he's behind, he gets really behind and then they're sitting on fastballs.''

Working with an 8-0 lead, Zimmermann (12-3) pitched six innings and allowed four runs to tie unbeaten Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers for the major league lead in wins.

The Nationals, perhaps finally finding their stride after a middling first half of the season, have won five of seven to pull within six games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East.

Batting third and playing left field, Harper launched the second pitch he saw - a fastball from Gallardo - into the visitors' bullpen beyond left field for an opposite-field homer.

The solo shot was Harper's 13th homer of the season and 24th RBI. The 20-year-old slugger hurt his knee in Los Angeles on May 13 and reinjured it several times over the following two weeks before going on the 15-day disabled list

The Nationals improved to 26-19 when Harper plays; they are 16-21 when he doesn't.

NOTES: Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse will make his next start Wednesday on two days' rest. Lohse started Sunday, but went only 1 2-3 innings before a 2-hour rain delay. ... Johnny Hellweg, normally a starter, pitched the eighth inning and allowed two runs, one earned. ``I really liked the way he threw the ball,'' Roenicke said. ``He attacked the guys, showed his best stuff and we didn't make some plays behind him.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rose: Who's Hot - AL Edition
Braves blank Phillies, 'under' cashes
Werth HR helps Nats rally past Marlins
Tanaka sharp, Yankees blank Cubs 3-0
Brewers top Cards, avoid home sweep
Reds beat Pirates 4-0 behind Cueto
O's beat Rays 3-0 for 2-game sweep
$1.2M needed to save famed stadium
Spring storm cancels Twins-Jays game
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
5-0 L5, 14-3 L17, 22-8 +1,676 TY
5-1 +558 Yesterday, +1,300 TY
7-3 Run, 9-1 G-Plays, +1,292 TY
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 20-10 +985 Run
11-5 Last 16 Selections
4-0 L4, 9-3 Guarantees This Year
5-2, +297 Last 7 G-Plays
5-1 Last 6 Guaranteed Plays
7-3, +405 Record L10 Selections
5-1, +459 Last 6 Selections
22-10 L32 Over/Unders
3-1 L4 Guaranteed Plays
5-1 +476 Yesterday, +1,124 TY
4-1, +325 Last 5 Guarantees
Live Odds
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1676
Bruce Marshall + 1300
Mike Rose + 1292
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 936
Dave Cokin + 888
John Fisher + 664
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 496
Matt Zylbert + 302
Joe Williams + 300
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 873
Bruce Marshall + 570
Jeff White + 556
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 793
Mike Rose + 458
The Prez + 453
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1321
John Fisher + 1198
Bruce Marshall + 469
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!