W: Jim Henderson (3-2)
L: Drew Storen (2-2)
MVP: Wily Peralta (+.302 WPA)
LVP: Sean Halton (-.257)
This did not look like a likely win, which makes it all the more fun.
Despite a depleted bullpen and Wily Peralta on the mound, the Brewers and Nationals were still scoreless in the eighth inning, giving the Brewers the chance to take advantage of some bad Washington defense and run away with a 4-0 victory.
Juan Francisco had the game's biggest hit, a two-run double that plated the game's first runs. Francisco later scored when Bryce Harper dropped a Martin Maldonado fly ball (ruled a double), and Maldonado also scored when Jeff Bianchi singled past third base as part of a hit-and-run.
The Brewers needed an extended outing from Wily Peralta tonight and, while he was effective, he also had to make a premature exit. He pitched 5.1 innings tonight and did not allow a run, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out five, but left in the sixth inning with what was later diagnosed as a strained left hamstring. John Axford, Jim Henderson, Michael Gonzalez and Francisco Rodriguez followed him to the mound and preserved the shutout, although K-Rod did his part to make it interesting in the ninth.
Tonight's win snapped a six-game losing streak and ends a stretch where the Brewers won just one of eight road games. They'll get a chance for another road win tomorrow when Kyle Lohse takes on Ross Detwiler at 5:05.