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Brewers succumb in marathon

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This one went into the wee hours.  The Washington Nationals outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in 16 innings at Miller Park Tuesday night.  The nearly five and a half  hour marathon finished around 12:30 AM after Ryan Zimmerman smacked a two run home run off Mike Fiers who was working his 4th inning of relief.  The Nationals scored in the first off Yovani Gallardo who settled down to throw his fourth consecutive quality start.  Former  UW Stevens Point star Jordan Zimmerman kept the Brewer bats quiet again until Ryan Braun delivered a two out, two run single for the lead in the bottom of the sixth.  Five outs away from a regulation win, Will Smith gave up an 8th inning home run to Anthony Randon.  It was only the second long ball allowed by Smith in 41 appearances this year.  Both teams had opportunities in the extra frames.  Twice, in the 13th and again in the 15th, Washington intentionally walked hot hitting Johnathan Lucroy to face Carlos Gomez and the moves paid off.  Gomez swung at the first pitch twice, popping out and grounding out with the winning run left stranded.  In two games against the Nationals, the Brewers  have managed a pair of runs and 13 hits in 25 innings.   Marco Estrada will take the mound in the series finale Wednesday afternoon, hoping to avoid the sweep against the Nationals' Stephen Strassburg.  Pre-Game coverage begins at 12:35 PM on WTAQ.

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