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Nationals Look To Avoid Sweep In Milwaukee

(Sports Network) - Lefty Ross Detwiler makes his season debut today when the Washington Nationals try to avoid a sweep in the finale of a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

On Saturday, Ryan Braun drove in Rickie Weeks with the game-winning run in the ninth inning, lifting the Brewers to a 4-3 win. Braun and Jim Edmonds each recorded a solo home run in Milwaukee's third straight win, which was credited to John Axford (6-1) despite suffering his first blown save of the season.

After Adam Dunn's sacrifice fly tied it in the top of the ninth, Weeks reached on a one-out single off Drew Storen(2-2) in the bottom half.

Joe Inglett took a payoff pitch off the plate to draw a walk, then Braun roped a line drive off the base of the left-field wall to bring in Weeks without a play at the plate.

Detwiler, who turned 24 in March, debuted with the Nationals shortly after they made him the sixth overall selection in the 2007 draft. He struck out one batter in a single scoreless inning that year, then returned to go 1-6 in 15 games - 14 starts - in 2009 while posting a 5.00 earned run average in 75 2/3 innings.

The 6-foot-5, 174-pounder was called up to replace starter Luis Atilano, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 21 because of bone chips in his pitching elbow.

Detwiler was 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA in seven starts this season with Triple-A Syracuse.

Milwaukee counters with righty Dave Bush, who's winless in two starts since the all-Star break. The 30-year-old Pittsburgh native was shellacked for 16 hits and 12 runs over 10 innings in those outings, which resulted in losses at Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

He defeated the Pirates in Milwaukee for his most recent win on July 10.

Bush, who is 3-2 in five lifetime starts against Washington, is 2-4 in 10 outings at Miller Park this season.

The Nationals took two of three from the Brewers at home from April 16-18, but have lost in 11 of their last 13 visits to Miller Park.