August 18, 2019 / 5:11 AM / a month ago

Brewers top Nats in wild 14-inning slugfest

EditorsNote: 10th graf, add Robles’ first name

Aug 17, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (23) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-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 center 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.

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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.

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