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             === 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
 threat.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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