MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez hit three doubles and drove in five runs, Mike Fiers pitched seven effective innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 8-4 on Friday night.
Ramirez put Milwaukee ahead 2-0 in the first with his ninth double of the season. His 10th drove in a run in the third. Then he highlighted the Brewers' four-run fourth inning with his 11th, a two-run line drive off reliever Taylor Hill. Jonathan Lucroy knocked in the other two runs that inning with a single.
Fiers (3-6) allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out eight and walked three in his second career victory in two starts against the Nationals. He pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-0 win against Washington July 27, 2012, and made two relief appearances against them last season.
Jordan Zimmermann (5-4) allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, the shortest start since going 2 1/3 on April 13. He walked one and struck out four.
Bryce Harper did what he could to keep the Nationals close. He hit a solo shot, his 21st home run of the season, leading off the second and knocked in the second run with an RBI single in the third.
Tyler Moore homered in the seventh and Wilson Ramos's double off reliever Corey Knebel in the eighth drove in Harper.
Nationals manager Matt Williams' astute eye cost the Brewers a run in the third. He asked for a review of second base umpire Todd Tichenor's safe call at second. Gerardo Parra dove head first back to the bag on a pickoff play as shortstop Ian Desmond applied the tag. It took 59 seconds for the timely reversal. One batter later, Ramirez doubled home Ryan Braun from first.
Adam Lind made it 8-2 with a run-scoring in the sixth. Each position player had at least one hit for Milwaukee which tied its season-high with 16 hits.
Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for Milwaukee.
Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, on the DL with neck tightness since May 30, threw 60 pitches before Friday night's game. The right-hander used all his pitches and there were no issues, according to Williams. Strasburg (3-5, 6.55 ERA) would be re-evaluated Saturday. ... The Nationals activated newly acquired right-handed reliever David Carpenter after placing right-hander Aaron Barrett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right bicep. Carpenter got into the game in the eighth and retired the side in order.
Brewers: CF Carlos Gomez (sore legs) missed his third consecutive game. "He's day-to-day, but hopefully tomorrow," manager Craig Counsell said.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (0-1) is scheduled to make his first career road start Saturday. In his debut against the Chicago Cubs on June 6, he allowed three earned runs on six hits over five innings.
Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (3-6, 4.05 ERA) looks to make his sixth quality start Saturday against a team he's never faced.