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Carlos Santana blasts 2 HRs as Brewers rally past Nationals

Sep 15, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Sal Frelick (10) misses as he swings a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

William Contreras and Carlos Santana hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth as the host Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series.

Contreras hit a three-run homer and Santana followed with a solo shot to allow Milwaukee (83-64) to erase a three-run deficit. The Brewers had mustered just one hit — Brice Turang’s leadoff single in the third — prior to the decisive fifth.

Santana went deep again in the eighth to provide Milwaukee with an insurance run. It was his 21st homer of the season.

One day after four relievers combined to allow just one hit over four innings in a win over the Miami Marlins, the Brewers’ bullpen was strong once again. Trevor Megill tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Abner Uribe worked a 1-2-3 eighth before Devin Williams struck out the side in the ninth.

Williams secured his 35th save of the season.

Milwaukee’s fifth-inning outburst made a winner of left-hander Wade Miley (8-4), who settled down after a sloppy first inning.

After Lane Thomas hit a one-out solo shot in the opening frame, Joey Meneses doubled to right. One out later, Carter Kieboom and Ildemaro Vargas laced back-to-back RBI doubles to provide Washington (65-83) with a 3-0 lead.

But Miley then settled in, keeping the Nationals hitless over the final 4 2/3 innings of his outing. He ended up exiting after Kieboom singled in the sixth, having given up the three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Nationals starter Jake Irvin (3-6) held the Brewers at bay in the early going before the hosts got to him in the fifth. Irvin lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits. He walked five and struck out six.

Milwaukee now holds a five-game lead over the Cubs in the National League Central. Chicago was set to play the Diamondbacks later Friday night.

–Field Level Media