Jul 19, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (10) removes Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) from the game against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Garza Can’t Get Out Of 1st; Brewers Bashed In Washington

Matt Garza posted the shortest start of his career, allowing five first-inning runs and only recording one out Saturday as the Washington Nationals powered past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 at Nationals Park.

It was the shortest start for a Brewer starter since Zach Greinke was ejected in the first inning July 7, 2012, without recording an out.

Washington (52-43) hung a five-spot on Garza in the first and led 8-1 through six.

Marco Estrada, in his first relief appearance of the season, are up a lot of innings, allowing three runs on five hits in 5.2 innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

Tom Gorzelanny and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning to finish the night off for Milwaukee (54-44).

With the loss, the Brewers fell back into a first-place tie with the St. Louis Cardinals atop the National League Central after the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and—coincidentally enough—Greinke.

Garza (6-7) gave up a two-run singles to Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos around a run-scoring single by Ian Desmond. It was Ramos’ hard-hit single to center that ended Garza’s night.

He allowed five runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.

The Brewers got a run back in the top of the second against right-hander Tanner Roark (9-6), who allowed a run on six hits over seven innings, fanning five.

Jonathan Lucroy lofted a double over the head of Jayson Werth in right field with one out and scored when Ramos threw the ball into left field as the Brewers’ All-Star catcher was stealing third base.

Ramos had another RBI single in the third that put the Nationals up 6-1 and they took a 7-1 lead in the fourth on an RBI single by Zimmerman.

Adam LaRoche made it 8-1 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, after Anthony Rendon singled and went to third on Jayson Werth’s double.

Against left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins in the eighth, pinch-hitter Martin Maldonado singled while batting for Scooter Gennett and scored when Ryan Braun launched his 12th homer of the season into the left-field seats.

Carlos Gomez and Ramirez were each 2-for-4 as the Brewers managed nine hits.

The rubber game of the three-game series is set for 12:35 p.m. Central on Sunday. Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.68 ERA) takes the hill for the Brewers against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.56 ERA).

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