MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The high-flying Milwaukee offense went cold Monday night, as the Brewers mustered only three hits in a 3-0 home loss to Washington. Ryan Braun doubled while Jonathan Lucroy and Mark Reynolds both singled for the Crew, which ended a four-game winning streak. Carlos Gomez ended his 18-game hitting string and his Major League-leading 35-game on-base streak. A three-run homer by Adam LaRoche was the only offense the Nationals needed. It was the third straight game in which he homered at Miller Park. Matt Garza struck out seven in seven innings, as he gave up three runs on five hits with a pair of walks. He dropped to 4-5. Gio Gonzalez got the win, giving up three hits and four walks in six scoreless innings in his second start since being out for a month with an inflamed shoulder. Gonzalez struck out five, as he improved to 4-4. Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the ninth for his first save. Nationals' manager Matt Williams was ejected in the second inning after an argument with the plate umpire over a called strike three. Milwaukee still has the second-best record in the Majors, but its division lead over Saint Louis slipped to four-and-a-half games in the National League Central. Washington extended its N-L East lead to two games over Atlanta. The Brewers and Nationals play again tonight. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo faces former U-W Stevens Point right-hander Jordan Zimmermann from Auburndale. You can catch the game on WHBL starting with pregame coverage at 6:35.
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