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