Brewers top Nats in wild 14-inning slugfest
August 18 2019 11:38 PM
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Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (left) is congratulated by third baseman Hernan Perez after hitting a home run against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. PICTURE: USA TODAY Sports


Milwaukee’s Eric Thames roped a two-run homer in the 14th inning and the Brewers scored a wild 15-14 victory over the host Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
Thames’ 17th homer of the season, off Javy Guerra (1-1), was Milwaukee’s seventh long ball in a game that lasted 5 hours, 40 minutes. The seven homers tied a Brewers record for most in a game. Out of position players, Washington scored an unearned run in the bottom half, but the Brewers’ Junior Guerra (7-4) struck out pinch-hitting pitcher Joe Ross to end it.
Christian Yelich went 5-for-6 with two homers, four RBIs, three runs and a stolen base; Ryan Braun hit a pair of solo home runs and also stole a base; and Mike Moustakas (3 RBIs) added a solo shot. Both Braun and Moustakas had three hits. Trent Grisham stroked a two-run homer.
Adam Eaton (4-for-8, two doubles) and Trea Turner each hit three-run homers, and Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick smashed two-run drives for the Nationals. Kurt Suzuki finished 4-for-7.
The Brewers scored five runs in the third as Yelich and Keston Hiura each drove in two runs for a 4-0 lead, and Moustakas’ RBI single pushed the lead to 5-0.
Soto trimmed it to 5-2 when he lofted a curve from Brewers starter Jordan Lyles to left for his 26th homer in the home half, and Eaton made it a new game when he slugged a shot to knot the game 5-5 in the fourth. 
Braun launched a long fly that bounced back from the right field wall for a double in the fifth, but video replay overturned the hit to a solo homer, and Grisham swatted a two-run shot for an 8-5 lead in the sixth.
After Victor Robles’ RBI double made it 8-6 in the sixth, Turner turned on a curve and hooked his 12th homer down the left field line for Washington’s first lead at 9-8 later in the inning. Kendrick belted a two-run shot to dead centre for an 11-8 Nationals lead in the seventh. In the ninth, the Brewers cut it to 11-9 when Yelich homered against closer Sean Doolittle, his 40th of the season. After a double by Hiura, Moustakas clubbed his 28th shot to tie it.
Braun then hit Doolittle’s next pitch to left for his 18th homer and a 12-11 lead.
Washington tied it 12-12 in the bottom of the ninth, however, as Robles singled home Yan Gomes off closer Josh Hader, but the lefty fanned Turner, Eaton and Anthony Rendon in succession with the bases full to send it to extra innings.
Yelich popped his 41st homer in the 13th, but Robles drove in his third run with a sacrifice fly to tie it 13-13.

Braves get back-to-back homers, hold off Dodgers
The Atlanta Braves got back-to-back home runs from Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall in the sixth inning and hung on to beat the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Saturday.
It was the 14th time the Braves have hit back-to-back homers this season, but the first time it has happened to Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Donaldson hit his 29th homer with one out in the sixth, and Duvall followed with his sixth – and his first since August 1 – as the Braves took a 4-2 lead.
It was the first time the Braves have beaten the Dodgers in five meetings. The attendance of 43,619 set a SunTrust Park attendance record in its third season.
After Max Muncy’s 31st homer – and his 20th on the road this season, brought the Dodgers to within 4-3 in the seventh inning, the Dodgers got the potential tying run on base in the ninth on Justin Turner’s two-out single.
But Mark Melancon finished off his third save when he got Cody Bellinger to pop out to end the game. The winning pitcher was Sean Newcomb (6-3), who worked 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief. The left-handed surrendered two homers and took the loss on Friday night.
Ryu (12-3) pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. It was the most runs he has allowed since giving up seven against Colorado on June 28. Ryu had permitted only four total runs over his last six starts.
Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz suffered from a high pitch count and left after 4 2/3 innings and 107 pitches. He gave up two runs on seven hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.
The Braves scored twice in the third inning on a two-run double by Ozzie Albies, who entered the game 3-for-16 on the current homestand.
The Dodgers evened the scored with a run in the fourth on Mike Beaty’s solo homer, his seventh, and a run in the fifth on Beaty’s RBI single.

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