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Yelich hits 16th HR, Brewers top Nats 7-3 for 6th win in row

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his major leadingleading 16th home run and the Milwaukee Brewers won their sixth straight game, beating the Washington Nationals 73 on Wednesday.

The Nationals lost all three at Miller Park, marking the first time theyve been swept this season, and have dropped four in a row overall.

Washington loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but Josh Hader struck out pinchhitter Kurt Suzuki and Adam Eaton for his 10th save in 10 chances.

Mike Moustakas and Manny Pina also connected for Milwaukee, which leads the National League with 65 home runs.

Yelichs solo homer came on the fourth pitch of the game from Jeremy Hellickson (21). The reigning NL MVP finished with three hits and scored twice.

The Brewers took advantage of Washington misplays to make it 40 in the first inning. After third baseman Anthony Rendon made an error on Mike Moustakasgrounder and Hellickson walked Ryan Braun, left fielder Adam Eaton overran a towering flyball by Eric Thames that dropped a few feet into fair territory and bounced into the seats for a groundrule double, scoring Moustakas.

Orlando Arcia added a tworun single, with Thames reaching the plate when right fielder Victor Robles throw sailed over the head of catcher Yan Gomes.

Moustakas hit a tworun homer for a 60 in the second. Pina connected in the fifth for his first home run of the season.

Brandon Woodruff (51) struck out a careerhigh nine while notching his third straight win. He gave up one run in six innings.

The Nationals made it 73 with two runs in the seventh off Matt Albers. Wilmer Difo had an RBI single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by pinchhitter Howie Kendrick.

TRAINERS ROOM

Nationals: OF Juan Soto (back spasms) is expected to return from the injured list on Saturday, manager Dave Martinez said ..Hellickson needed a few minutes to gather himself after hitting a foul ball off his left ankle during an atbat in the third.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Thursday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Patrick Corbin (21, 3.71 ERA) gave up three runs in six innings in his last start, May 4 at Philadelphia.

Brewers: Friday in Chicago against the Cubs. Gio Gonzalez (00, 2.61 ERA) makes his third start since being signed as a free agent on April 27. He gave up one run in 5 ? innings in his last start, May 4 against the Mets in Milwaukee.

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