McCutchen, Urías homer, Woodruff goes 6 in Brewers’ 5-1 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff home run, Luis Urías added a solo shot and a defensive gem, and Brandon Woodruff allowed one run in six effective innings to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

Urías defensively owned the first inning when he snagged a liner and fielded a groundout. For the final out, Urías raced back for a looping fly ball into short left-center field and made a sliding catch with his back to the diamond.

McCutchen was making his second start since being activated from the IL, and he turned the first pitch he saw Saturday into the game’s first run. He added two more hits, going 3-5 on the day. McCutchen and Urías were the only two Brewers batters to hit home runs Saturday. Milwaukee got 12 total hits.

Keston Hiura continued his strong form after being called up from Triple-A Nashville last week. He batted 2-3 with two RBIs. He was one of four Brewers to have a multi-hit game.

Woodruff earned the win to move his record to 5-2. He allowed a home run to Lane Thomas in the third inning but struck out six batters. The Milwaukee bullpen took over after the sixth inning and shut Washington down.

Josh Hader got his 15th save of the season, while the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin took the loss.

The Brewers’ record is now 26-14 and they lead their division by four games. They are tied for the second-best record in the National League.

Milwaukee will go for the sweep against Washington on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT at American Family Field. Freddy Peralta (3-1, 3.53 ERA) will start on the mound for the Crew against Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 7.94 ERA).