Lauer, Brewers beat Nationals 7-0 despite triple play

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Lauer pitched seven sharp innings and Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor homered as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Washington Nationals 7-0.

The Nationals provided a couple of highlights even as they failed to score. They unsuccessfully attempted an inside-the-park homer in the top of the seventh and executed a triple play in the bottom of the inning.

Tellez broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the sixth. Taylor added a three-run homer and Hunter Renfroe delivered a two-run single as the Brewers broke the game open in the eighth.

Lauer limited the Nations to just five hits, tossing five strikeouts and picking up his fourth win of the season. Devin Williams took over for the Crew in the eighth inning and struck out two batters. Aaron Ashby closed the game, allowing no hits and striking out one.

Hunter Renfroe had one of his best games for the Crew this season. He went a perfect 3-3, with two RBIs and a walk. Christian Yellich also played well, batting 2-4 with a double.

Milwaukee and Washington will square off in the second game of the series Saturday at 6:10 p.m. CT. Brandon Woodruff (4-2, 5.35 ERA) will take the mound for the Brewers while Patrick Corbin (0-6, 6.28 ERA) will start for the Nationals.