October 21, 2014

Brewers stay within wildcard striking distance

Jonathan Lucroy had a pair of run-scoring singles, Rickie Weeks had 3-hits and Aramis Ramirez added a pair of doubles to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. 

The win kept the Brewers within 2 1/2 games of the first place St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the final NL Wildcard spot with 10-games left to play.

The Brewers (79-73) have won 25 of their last 32 games and have road games against Washington today, followed by 3-games at Cincinnati before closing out at home with 3-game series’ against Houston and San Diego at Miller Park.

Yovani Gallardo went five innings, allowing a pair of earned runs on 6-hits, but wasn’t involved in the decision.  Brandon Kintzler (3-0) pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out Kurt Suzuki with the bases loaded.  John Axford recorded the final out with two runners on for his 33rd save.

Jordan Zimmerman (11-8, 2.96ERA) goes for the Nationals today (12:05pm) against Milwaukee’s Marco Estrada (4-6, 3.56ERA) in the final game of the series.