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Brewers 4, Nationals 2: Starting off the second half right

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The Brewers hit Stephen Strasburg hard early, resulting in a hard-fought victory.

Greg Fiume

Win: Kyle Lohse (10-4)
Loss: Stephen Strasburg (7-7)
Save: Francisco Rodriguez (28)

HR: Gennett (8), Davis (16), Harper (3)

Boxscore

After skidding to end the first half of the season, the Brewers came back from the All Star Game seemingly refreshed and were able to pick up a win over the always-tough Washington Nationals and star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on Friday night.

All the Brewers' runs came early. They opened scoring in the first inning when Scooter Gennett hit a solo home run, then picked up another run when Khris Davis launched a solo shot of his own in the second. In the third inning, Gennett took a two-out walk followed by a Ryan Braun double to put runners on second and third. That brought up All Star Aramis Ramirez, who hit an All Star double to plate both runners.

That would end scoring for Milwaukee, fortunately it was all the runs they needed. Kyle Lohse looked shaky at times, but only allowed one run on 10 hits while striking out three over seven innings. Though the final line looks good, Lohse's post-game quote sums it up:

"That was survival."

The Nationals did score a second, late run in the game. Bryce Harper led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run, but Francisco Rodriguez was then able to shut down the rest of the Washington lineup to pick up his 28th save.

Khris Davis was the only Brewer to pick up multiple hits while Scooter Gennett and Ryan Braun both had a hit and a walk. Jean Segura, back in the lineup for the first time in a week, was 1-4 with a single.