Brewers beat Nationals, snap 4-game skid

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 01: Devin Williams #38 of the Milwaukee Brewers and William Contreras #24 celebrate after winning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 01, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images)

Brice Turang and Joey Wiemer hit consecutive two-run singles as part of a four-run fourth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Washington Nationals 6-4 Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Milwaukee began the day 1½ games behind Cincinnati in the NL Central and tied with Arizona and Miami for the third wild-card spot.

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The Brewers had already added first baseman Carlos Santana from Pittsburgh and outfielder Mark Canha from the New York Mets before Tuesday's trade deadline. Thirty minutes before the deadline, Milwaukee added left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin from Arizona for right-hander Peter Strzelecki.

Last-place Washington, which had won eight of its last nine home games, was a seller at the deadline for the third season in a row. But unlike 2021, when it traded away Max Scherzer, Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner, and last year, when it sent Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego, the Nationals weren’t involved in a blockbuster. They moved third baseman Jeimer Candelario to the Chicago Cubs for two minor-leaguers Monday, then made no additional moves Tuesday.

Freddy Peralta (7-8) earned his second victory since May 21, allowing three runs in six innings. He struck out seven in his first outing since matching his career-high with 13 strikeouts Wednesday against Cincinnati.

Devin Williams pitched the ninth to earn his 27th save in 29 chances.

The Brewers went ahead in the fourth after loading the bases with three walks in a span of four batters. Turang lined a single to center off Josiah Gray (7-9) to tie it at 3, then stole second and came around on Wiemer's two-run single.

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Facing Milwaukee for the first time in his career, Gray allowed five runs while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

After Milwaukee scored on Andruw Monasterio's RBI single in the second, the Nationals went ahead with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Jake Alu, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Rochester and promptly plugged into Candelario's spot at third base, tied it with a single. Two batters later, CJ Abrams poked a two-run single to right.