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

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lane Thomas hit two RBI doubles and the Washington nationals came out of its slump on Sunday in an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewerswho lost Freddy Peralta to the oppression of the shoulders in the fourth round.

Peralta (3-2) left after awarding a brace to Thomas during the Nationals’ six-run outburst in the fourth inning. It marked the Nationals’ highest-scoring inning of the season and tied the most runs the Brewers had allowed in a single inning this year.

The Nationals entered the day having lost seven of their last nine, and they had scored a total of six points in the seven losses. But they had an 8-0 lead early Sunday and took the win.

Milwaukee didn’t retire anyone in the fourth until Nelson Cruz — the eighth batter of the inning — was ejected trying to stretch a bloop single down the right field line into a double. The Nationals’ first eight batters of the inning all had hits, tying a Washington franchise record for consecutive plate appearances with one hit.

The Nationals were leading 3-0 and had runners in second and third when Peralta’s injury forced his departure. Peralta, a 2021 All-Star, entered the day having allowed just one run in 12 2/3 innings in his two previous starts.

Dee Strange-Gordon and César Hernández welcomed the reliever brent suter with back-to-back RBI bunt singles to make it 5-0. It was the first time the Nationals had produced bunt RBIs on back-to-back hits, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Keibert Ruiz followed with an RBI double before Juan Soto hit a two-run single through a drawn infield.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez had changed his lineup on Sunday, moving Soto from second to third and moving Ruiz to second. Ruiz had gone 8 of 16 in his last five games before Sunday, while Soto was 2 of 20 in his last six games.

Washington wasted no time in launching its attack.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Maikel Franco reached on a two-out hit and went home on Thomas’ double right. They extended the lead to 2-0 in the third as Cruz hit a two-out single drive to Hernandez.

Milwaukee got a solo homer from Tyrone Taylor and an RBI single by Andrew McCutchen in the fifth.

Nationals starter Aaron Sanchez (3-3) struck out one and allowed seven hits, two runs and two walks in five innings.


National launchers Stephane Strasbourg and Joe Ross will begin rehabilitation missions on Tuesday.

Ross will pitch for Double-A Harrisburg and Strasbourg will join Class A Fredericksburg. Martinez said they expect each of the right-handers to work four innings and throw more than 60 pitches.

Martinez said Ross got double A’s because “I think Joe is a bit more advanced, so we pushed him up. And we want to keep an eye on Stras, as he’s going to be a bit closer.

Strasbourg is recovering from an operation for thoracic outlet syndrome and has pitched a total of 26 2/3 innings since the start of the 2020 season. Ross has not pitched in a major league game since August 10 due to a partially torn elbow ligament.


Nationals: Start a seven-game home series Monday in Game 1 of a three-game series with Los Angeles. Scheduled starters are RHP Joan Adon (1-7, 6-38 ERA) for Nationals and LHP Tyler Anderson (4-0, 4.04) for the Dodgers.

Brewers: Open a season-long, 11-game trip Monday at San Diego. HPR Adrian Houser (3-4, 3.22) will start for the Brewers.


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