WASHINGTON, DC (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers kept pace in the National League Wild Card race Sunday, with a 6-2 victory at Washington. The Brewers remain two and a half games behind Saint Louis in second place for the final National League playoff spot. And the Cardinals’ magic number is eight to clinch that berth, after they beat the Cubs in Chicago 6-3 yesterday. Milwaukee broke a 2-2 tie by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, and the Nationals never got a hit after that. Jonathan Lucroy drove in the game-winning run with a single, and he added an R-B-I single in the fourth. Aramis Ramirez doubled twice, putting him just four away from the team season record of 53. Rickie Weeks had three singles in five trips, as the Crew out-hit Washington 15-7. Yovani Gallardo struck out five in six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with a pair of walks. Jose Veras opened the ninth but walked a pair. And John Axford came on to get the final out. He earned his 15th straight save, and his 33rd of the season. Brandon Kintzler got the win by pitching a scoreless sixth. He’s 3-0. Ryan Mattheus took the loss in relief for Washington. Chad Tracy and Jayson Werth drove in the Nationals’ two runs. They’ve clinched a playoff spot, and their magic number is six to win the N-L East Division. The Brewers have won seven of eight, and will close out their four-game series at Washington this afternoon. Nationals’ right-hander Jordan Zimmermann from Auburndale and U-W Stevens Point will start against Brewers’ right-hander Marco Estrada. Coverage on WHBL gets underway this morning at 11:30.
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