If Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse were an NFL defense, he’d have made a name for himself Friday for bending but not breaking.
The veteran surrendered 10 hits in seven innings, but only allowed one run as the Brewers opened their second half with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
Scooter Gennett got the ball rolling quickly for the Brewers, jumping on a 2-0 changeup from Stephen Strasburg and lining it into the right-field seats for his eighth home run of the season and a 1-0 Milwaukee lead.
It was Khris Davis’ turn in the second, as he increased his team-leading home run total to 16 by riding a Strasburg fastball on a full court the opposite way to right to put the Brewers (54-43) up 2-0 in the second.
Milwaukee kept the heat on Strasburg in the third with a little two-out magic. Gennett started things with a walk and moved to third on Ryan Braun’s double to left. All-Star Aramis Ramirez then dropped a soft liner into right field to score both runners as the Brewers grabbed a 4-0 lead.
Lohse (10-4) surrendered the only run he would give up in the bottom of the fourth in an RBI double by Ian Desmond.
Lohse gave up three hits and a stolen base to Nationals leadoff man Denard Span and two hits each to Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, but Washington (51-43) was just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Lohse also helped himself out by throwing a pair of double-play grounders.
Strasburg (7-7) stabilized things after the shaky opening three innings. He ended up working seven frames, allowing four runs and seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.
Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 28th save—his first save chance since June 28—despite allowing a long home run to Harper in the ninth.
Davis had two of Milwaukee’s eight hits.
Shortstop Jean Segura, back with the team for the first time since his 9-month-old son Janniel died last week in the Dominican Republic, was 1-for-4, reaching on an infield single in the seventh on a play that was overturned on video review after a challenge by manager Ron Roenicke.