Nationals 12, Brewers 2: Ryan Zimmerman belted a three-run homer as Washington scored six runs with two outs in the fourth inning to inch closer to securing the National League East title.
Jayson Werth and Kurt Suzuki had two-run doubles - Werth's on a fly ball lost in the sun - and rookie Bryce Harper scored twice and made a brilliant catch while crashing into the wall to deny Aramis Ramirez of extra bases in the first inning. Zimmerman collected three hits and drove in four for the Nationals, who extended their lead over idle Atlanta to five games while reducing their magic number to five by salvaging a split of the four-game series.
Zimmerman capped the fourth-inning uprising after turning on a belt-high fastball from Marco Estrada (4-7) and depositing it over the wall in center field for his 24th homer - and second in the series.
Staked to an offensive explosion, Jordan Zimmermann (12-8) won his fifth straight home decision after allowing one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Corey Hart led off the second inning with his 28th homer for the Brewers, who fell for only the second time in nine contests and sit 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the race for the second wild card in the National League.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Ian Desmond stole second in the fifth inning to become the second Nationals player to record a 20-home run, 20-stolen base season. Alfonso Soriano also accomplished the feat in 2006. ... With two stolen bases, Harper joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only two teenage players in history with at least 15 homers and 15 stolen bases in the same season. ... The Brewers will continue their road trip with a three-game set versus Cincinnati, while Washington travels to NL East rival Philadelphia.