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Nats blank Brewers

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos each belted solo homers, while Dan Haren pitched effectively for a second straight outing in the Washington Nationals' 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

Haren (6-11) struck out six, scattered four hits and walked only two over seven shutout innings. The underachieving righty has now won two in a row since dropping eight straight decisions.

Rafael Soriano tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 28th save for the second place Nats, who despite winning six of their last nine contests, still trail the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves by 11 1/2 games.

Rookie Donovan Hand (0-3) made his sixth start and surrendered both homers as well as a sac fly to Anthony Rendon. The converted reliever did throw a season-best seven innings, but the Brewers managed only four hits and dropped a third straight game.

08/03 21:53:26 ET