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Brewers take series as Nationals lose 7-2

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Brewers take series as Nationals lose 7-2

MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana homered twice, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Washington 7-2 Sunday to take three of four games from the Nationals.

Brewers starter Brent Suter, who had not pitched for the Milwaukee since Aug. 12 because of left rotator cuff inflammation, allowed two hits in three scoreless innings and left after 43 pitches.

Jeremy Jeffress (2-0), Jacob Barnes and Anthony Swarzak combined for five hitless innings before Junior Guerra completed the three-hitter but gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman in the ninth.

Without injured star Bryce Harper since mid-August, the Nationals stumbled a bit following a four-game winning streak against the New York Mets and Miami, scoring only eight runs in the four games against the Brewers. The only team in the NL East above .500, Washington (82-54) maintained a 15-game lead over the second-place Marlins.

Milwaukee began the day 1 games behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Edwin Jackson (5-4) gave up five runs -- four earned -- and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, dropping to 6-9 against the Brewers.

Santana hit a solo homer in the second, a 435-foot drive over Milwaukee's bullpen. The Brewers opened a 4-0 lead in the fourth on Ryan Braun's RBI double and Santana's two-run homer, which raised his season total to 24.

Travis Shaw hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Milwaukee increased the lead to 7-0 in the eighth on Jose Lobaton's based-loaded passed ball and Manny Pina's sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: C Matt Wieters didn't start for the third consecutive game. Wieters, who took a foul ball off his knee on Thursday, entered Saturday night's game in the eighth inning.

Brewers: Pina, who had been dealing with hip discomfort, returned to the starting lineup behind the plate after missing four straight starts. ... SS Orlando Arcia limped off the field after appearing to strike his lower right leg with his bat while swinging and striking out in the seventh inning. He remained in the game.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Washington opens at three-game series at Miami on Monday.

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (8-3) starts Monday at Cincinnati, where he injured an oblique muscle while pitching June 28. He did not return until Aug. 20.

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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