Brewers keep on the winning path
The Milwaukee Brewers have a season-high five-game winning streak after beating the Washington Nationals 6-to-4 Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Prince Fielder broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
The Nationals scored two in the seventh to get to within a run, but the Brewers pulled away in the eighth with solo shots by Johnny Estrada and J.J. Hardy - who extended his hitting streak to 19 games. That's the fourth-longest in Brewer history.
Estrada went 3-4 and fell a triple short of the cycle as Milwaukee out-hit Washington 9-8.
Felipe Lopez homered for the Nationals in the first ending a streak of five games in which Milwaukee pitchers held the opposition scoreless for at least five innings.
Dave Bush got the win. He gave up three runs on seven hits in 6.66 innings, to even his record at 3-3. Francisco Cordero picked up his 14th save.
Jason Simontacchi took the loss in his first start since 2003.
The Nationals have lost seven straight, while the Brewers are 8-1 on a home-stand that wraps up Wednesday afternoon.
Right-hander Claudio Vargas will face Washington righty Jason Bergmann. Milwaukee has the Majors' longest division lead at 6.5 games over the Chicago Cubs in the National League central division.
Brewers' reliever Greg Aquino is still recovering from tightness in his right forearm.
He threw in the bullpen Tuesday and his biceps are still sore when he throws at 100-percent.
So Aquino will stay on the disabled list for now.
He was sent down to Triple-"A" Nashville April 21, but the Brewers were forced to recall him four days later when they put him on the disabled list.
Aquino has no record in eight relief appearances. He has six strikeouts in 7.66 innings, and an ERA of 5.87.