Nats win 8-2; Brewers’ Peralta exits with shoulder tightness

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lane Thomas hit two RBI doubles and the Washington Nationals broke out of their hitting slump in an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers lost right-hander Freddy Peralta to shoulder tightness in the fourth inning. Peralta left after allowing a run-scoring double to Thomas during the Nationals’ six-run outburst in the fourth.

That marked the Nationals’ highest-scoring inning of the season and matched the biggest run total the Brewers had allowed in a single inning this year.

The win snapped the Brewers’ three-game winning streak and meant Washington avoided a sweep. The Nationals grabbed 14 hits, with every batter except one getting on base at some point during the game.

Despite the lopsided score, Milwaukee didn’t have a particularly poor day at the plate. Seven of the Crew’s nine batters got a hit, and Tyrone Taylor hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to get Milwaukee on the board. However, the team could not turn those hits into runs, going 1-4 with runners in scoring position and stranding six.

The Brewers were not helped by the performance on the mound. Peralta allowed five runs on six hits and a walk before being pulled in the fourth. Brent Suter came on and only made things worse, allowing three runs on five hits over two innings of work.

The loss moves Milwaukee’s record to 26-15. The team still leads the National League Central by three games and has the fourth-best record in the National League. The Brewers head out west on Monday to take on the red-hot San Diego Padres (27-14).

Adrian Houser (3-4, 3.22 ERA) will start for the Brewers while Nick Martinez (2-2, 3.89 ERA) will be in charge for the Padres, who are riding a four-game winning streak. The game is scheduled to start at 8:40 p.m. CT. Last year, the Brewers won all three games against San Diego at Petco Park.