Harper Returns, Nationals Surge Past Milwaukee

The Nationals powered their way to victory Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5.  The Nationals lineup was buoyed by Bryce Harper‘s return and Jayson Werth’s five RBIs.

Jul 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) touches home plate after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper’s return from the disabled list started with a home run, his 13th, to left center to give the Nationals an early lead.

Jayson Werth added to the Nationals lead in the third with an RBI double that scored Jordan Zimmermann and Denard Span.  Werth’s double started a 5 run third for the Nats.  Zimmerman drove Werth home on a single, Adam LaRoche scored Zimmerman on a ground rule double, and Ian Desmond drove in LaRoche on a double.

Jordan Zimmermann didn’t have his best stuff, but it was good enough to pick up his 12th win of the season.  The Brewers scored two runs in the fifth and Rickie Weeks and Juan Francisco hit solo home runs off Zimmermann in the sixth.  Zimmermann pitched six innings, struck out five, and gave up four earned runs.

RBIs from Werth and Zimmerman in the eighth sealed the Nationals lead.  Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, and Fernando Abad shut out the Brewers in relief to close out the game.

Stephen Strasburg and Wily Peralta will duel Tuesday at Nationals Park as the series continues.

Topics: Washington Nationals

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