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.
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.
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.
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).