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Nats blow 4-run lead, lose 10th of last 13 games

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Nats blow 4-run lead, lose 10th of last 13 games

By GENARO C. ARMAS

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Scooter Gennett drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth, capping the Milwaukee Brewers' rally from a four-run deficit for a 6-5 win Thursday night over the Washington Nationals.

Gennett's bouncer trickled just inside the third-base bag and into left to drive home Shane Peterson from third. A throwing error by second baseman Anthony Rendon that allowed Peterson to reach two batters earlier proved costly for reliever Aaron Barrett (3-2).

Gennett smiled when he reached first. It was his first game back in the majors since being sent down to Triple-A for 17 games to work on his swing.

Will Smith (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the eighth -- ending that inning by picking off Bryce Harper -- for the win in his first appearance since returning from a six-game suspension for being caught with foreign substance on his arm.

Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless ninth for his 13th save in as many opportunities.

The Brewers are still in last place in the NL Central, but they've been playing much better of late with five victories in their last seven games.

It didn't look like Milwaukee would pull out a win after a sloppy start Thursday.

Three Washington runs scored on errors, including two runs in a three-run fourth following an atypical throwing miscue by third baseman Aramis Ramirez on a two-out bouncer by Rendon for a 5-1 lead.

But the Brewers chipped away over the middle innings, and Gerardo Parra tied the game at 5 with a solo homer to deep right-center with one out in the seventh off starter Tanner Roark.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, an ailment that affected the first baseman all season. Manager Matt Williams said he thought that Zimmerman would need the minimum time on the disabled list, though for now he needed "total rest" and to get off his feet for a few days.

Brewers: CF Carlos Gomez (sore legs) missed a second straight game. Manager Craig Counsell said he hoped to get Gomez back on Friday or Saturday. ... RF Ryan Braun had two hits and an RBI triple on Thursday, a day after leaving Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh because of dizziness stemming from a left ear ailment.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Jordan Zimmerman (5-3) is slated to start Friday back in his home state. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts against Milwaukee at Miller Park, which is about 180 miles southeast of Zimmerman's hometown of Auburndale.

Brewers: After a tough start to the season, Mike Fiers (2-6) has been effective over his last six starts. He is 1-2 with a 2.78 ERA in that span.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.