Hernan Perez – File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The Milwaukee Brewers missed on a chance to sweep Washington, falling to the Nationals 7-3 at Miller Park on Wednesday afternoon.

22-year-old rookie Freddy Peralta walked the first batter he faced and that would be the start of his struggles.  Peralta finished with four walks and he hit a batter.  All five of those runners ended up scoring.

Bryce Harper clubbed a three-run homer, one of three Washington home runs on the day.

Peralta fell to 4-2 with a 3.74 ERA.

Offensively, the Brewers had no answer for Washington right hander Tanner Roark.  Roark was 3-12 with a 4.87 ERA, but held the Brewers to three hits over eight innings.  The Brewers didn’t score until Hernan Perez clubbed a three-run home run in the ninth off of reliever Sammy Solis.

The Brewers fell to 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the National League Central, after the Cubs beat Arizona 2-1 at Wrigley Field.

The Brewers also to 17-26 in day games this season.  They’re 41-20 at night.

Milwaukee opens an 8-game West Coast road trip against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night.  Wade Miley takes the mound for the Brewers, facing San Francisco’s Dereck Rodriguez.


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