Monday, July 18, 2005

MLB: Nationals 5, Milwaukee Brewers 3 (July 16)

WP: Esteban Loaiza (6-5)
LP: Ricky Bottalico (2-2)
S: Chad Cordero (32)

WAS: 53-38 (1st in NL East, 1.5 ahead of Atlanta)
MIL: 44-47 (4th in NL Central, 14.5 behind St. Louis)

Esteban Loaiza earned his fourth straight win for the Nationals on Saturday by going six innings and giving up three runs in a 5-3 win over the Brewers. Gary Majewski, Mike Stanton and Chad Cordero each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to hold the lead.

Just a day after balking in the winning run in the 10th inning on a questionable call, Stanton pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning for the Nationals.

Vinny Castilla went 2-3 for the Nats, hitting a pair of doubles that both scored Preston Wilson. Jose Vidro homered, and Jose Guillen had the game-winning RBIs on a deep single that scored Carlos Baerga and Ryan Church to break a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning.

The Nats looked for a split in the four game series on Sunday, sending Ryan Drese to face former National Tomo Ohka.

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