=== Zimmerman lifts Nationals over Brewers in 16th ===
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Zimmerman stroked a game-winning
homer in the 16th inning, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 victory
over the Milwaukee Brewers in the second installment of a three-game set.
Adam LaRoche got aboard with a one-out single off reliever Mike Fiers (0-1) in
the top of the 16th, then Zimmerman brought him home with a towering shot to
left-center field to put the Nationals in front.
"We were scratching and clawing," said Nationals manager Matt Williams. "We
had some opportunities. That's a big swing for us right there."
Rafael Soriano retired the side in order during the home half of the 16th to
earn his 18th save of the season.
Anthony Rendon also homered for the Nationals, who extended their winning
streak to four games. Reliever Tyler Clippard (5-2) tossed a scoreless 15th
inning to earn the win.
Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann conceded just two runs on six hits with nine
strikeouts across six solid frames.
Ryan Braun supplied two hits and two RBI for Milwaukee, which has dropped the
first two games of the series. Starter Yovani Gallardo gave up just one run on
four hits in six innings of work.
"The two home runs were big hits for those guys," said Brewers manager Ron
Roenicke. "We had plenty of chances. We had bad at-bats today. We've been
swinging the bats well, but we had some bad at-bats."
Denard Span led off the first with a single to right, stole second, moved to
third on Rendon's base hit and scored on Jayson Werth's ground out.
The Brewers disrupted Zimmermann's no-hit bid in the fourth. Braun and
Jonathan Lucroy both singled and Carlos Gomez walked to load the bases with
one out. Zimmermann recovered to get Aramis Ramirez to pop up and Khris Davis
to strike out, ending the frame.
Milwaukee took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Mark Reynolds and Jean Segura both
singled and moved up a base on Gallardo's sacrifice bunt. After Scooter
Gennett struck out, Braun drove in both runs on a base hit into left field.
Rendon tied the game in the eighth with a one-out blast to right-center field,
eluding a leaping Gomez at the wall.
Lyle Overbay led off the 13th inning with a single off Ross Detwiler. Overbay
moved to second on Gennett's sacrifice bunt and took third on Braun's ground
out. Detwiler intentionally walked Lucroy, but Gomez lined out to end the
The game lasted five hours and 22 minutes ... This was also the longest game
for the Nationals since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington in
2005 ... This was second most amount of innings played at Miller Park. The
longest was 17 innings on May 15, 2003 in a 4-2 loss to the Cubs ... The
Nationals are now 34-3 when scoring four or more runs ... Zimmerman's home run
was his first ever in extra innings ... Washington is now 3-1 in games that
have reached the 15th inning.
06/25 03:31:25 ET