Brewers snap eight-game losing streak with 4-1 victory over Nationals

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Milwaukee Brewers' Willy Adames hits a run-scoring single off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time in 10 days, the Milwaukee Brewers won a baseball game. The Brew Crew took down the Washington Nationals on Sunday, 4-1, thanks to home runs by Willy Adames and Andrew McCutchen.

Adames got the scoring started in the third inning, driving a ball that rolled to the left-field wall to bring Tyrone Taylor home. He added to Milwaukee’s tally in the fifth inning, blasting a 2-run home run to left-center field.

McCutchen added some insurance in the ninth inning, with a home run to left-center field that landed close to wear Adames’ blast did. It was McCutchen’s fourth home run of the year and his only hit of the day.

Adames and McCutchen were two of six Brewers batters who earned a hit Sunday. Christian Yellich, Rowdy Tellez, Omar Narváez and Tyrone Taylor also got on base with a swing of the bat. Milwaukee grabbed nine hits in the game while Washington could only manage eight.

The Nats were able to get one run home in the fifth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Josh Bell, but that was the only damage done to the Milwaukee pitching staff. Jason Alexander made his third start of the year for the Crew, allowing seven hits and Bell’s sac fly.

Hoby Milner took over with two outs in the fifth and was credited with the win. He pitched 1.1 innings and allowed only one hit. He also threw a strikeout.

Brad Boxberger and Devin Williams each pitched hitless innings, with Boxberger striking out a pair. Josh Hader returned to form after blowing a save last week. The lefty struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the year.

The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Brewers. Their last win came on June 2, a 5-4 comeback win over the San Diego Padres. Milwaukee (34-28) lost its lead in the NL Central, trailing St. Louis (34-26) by a single game.

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Brewers, who will meet the Mets for a three-game series in New York starting on Tuesday. The Mets are a team on a mission, with a National League-leading record of 39-22.

Adrian Houser (3-6, 3.92 ERA) will start for Milwaukee. New York has yet to announce their starter for Tuesday’s contest. Houser does not have a lot of experience facing the Mets, having only appeared in two games against them in his entire career. In those appearances, he has thrown 3.1 innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.