The Washington Nationals are officially in a major slump. The Nationals fell, 6-4, to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series, and have now lost five in a row and seven of their last eight games. Washington falls to 21-28 with the loss, while Milwaukee moves to 27-23.
Zack Greinke did just enough to get his third win of the season for Milwaukee, helping his own cause by breaking a 3-3 deadlock with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Greinke ultimately allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out 10. Jason Marquis took the loss to fall to 5-2 on the season for Washington, surrendering four runs on five hits in six innings.
Milwaukee jumped ahead 3-0, but the Nationals tied it on a three-run home run by Michael Morse in the fourth inning. But then Greinke's home run gave the Brewers the lead for good, and the Brewers tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Washington scored in the eighth to pull to within 5-4, but the Brewers pushed ahead 6-4, then retired the Nationals in order in the top of the ninth inning.