WASHINGTON — Willy Adames scored and drove in three runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers lost an eight-game losing streak in a 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell tied Phil Garner with 563 for most managerial wins in franchise history as the Brewers notched their longest slip since September 2015.
Washington was denied its first sweep since winning two against Toronto on August 17-18 last year and its first sweep in three games since June 14-16, 2021 against Pittsburgh. It was the first time this season that the bottom-ranked Nationals entered the last game of a series with a chance of winning.
Adames, who had been 1 for 16 in four games since returning from the injured list, drove Evan Lee’s fastball into the visitors’ bullpen for a two-out, two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Andrew McCutchen added a solo homer in the ninth, his fourth of the season and first since May 21 against Washington.
Hoby Milner (3-1) went 1 1/3 innings scoreless and escaped a two-on, two-out jam he inherited from starter Jason Alexander by defeating pinch hitter Maikel Franco.
Josh Hader beat the team in the ninth for his 19th save in 20 opportunities. It was his first game since he conceded two home runs against Philadelphia on Tuesday to end his streak of 32 straight saves.
The Nationals totaled 19 runs in the first two games of the series but couldn’t put much together on Sunday. Washington was 0 of 6 with runners in goal position and stranded 10 men on base.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead over Adames’ RBI double in the third game. Washington’s Paolo Espino (0-1), starting the season for the first time after 20 appearances, allowed a four-hit run while hitting two in 3 2/3 innings.
Josh Bell’s sacrifice fly in the fourth was responsible for the Nationals’ only run against Alexander, who conceded seven hits and three walks and hit two over 4 2/3 innings.
Brewers: 2B Luis Urías was pulled in the fifth inning as a precaution for a strain in his right thigh.
Nationals: SS Alcides Escobar (right hamstring strain), on the injured list since June 1, has started picking and hitting Grounder. “He’s getting closer,” said manager Dave Martinez.
Brewers: After a day off Monday, Milwaukee continues their journey Tuesday against the New York Mets with RHP Adrian Houser (3-6, 3.92 ERA) drawing the start.
Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (6-4, 4.33), who is 2-0 in his last three starts and a 1.13 ERA, gets the nod as Washington welcomes Atlanta to the start of a three-game streak .