WASHINGTON, DC (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers are now three and a half games out of Wild Card contention after getting crushed by the Nationals in Washington 12-2 on Monday afternoon. The Nats broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with six runs, highlighted by a three-run homer from Ryan Zimmermann. He had five R-B-I’s on the day as he went 3 for 4. Jordan Zimmermann, the Auburndale native and former U-W Stevens Point star, had an R-B-I single during that rally. And he got the win, striking out seven in six and two-thirds innings. Zimmermann surrendered one run on four hits with two walks, as he improved to 12-8. Marco Estrada took the loss, as he got shelled for seven runs – six earned – in four innings. He’s now 4-7. Corey Hart hit a solo homer in the second inning. Aramis Ramirez doubled home Ryan Braun in the eighth for Milwaukee’s only other run. Ramirez now has 50 doubles on the year, and he needs four two-baggers in his final nine games to break the team doubles’ record of 53 set by Lyle Overbay. The Brewers split their four-game series at Washington, and they’re 5-2 so far on their 10-game road trip. But Milwaukee is running out of time to claim the final Wild Card playoff spot. Monday's loss, coupled with the Cardinals' win over Houston Monday night, reduced the Cards' magic number to six to clinch the wild card spot. The Brewers open a series at Cincinnati Tuesday night. Coverage on WHBL begins at 5:35.
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