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    September 26, 2018 7:35 AM BST

    WASHINGTON -- The Milwaukee Brewers looked confused in the first inning Monday against Washington. . By the end of the day, though, the Nationals were the ones left dazed at the plate.Junior Guerra outpitched Max Scherzer, Martin Maldonado homered and the Brewers defeated the Nationals 1-0 to snap a four-game losing streak.Junior carried the load today, manager Craig Counsell said after Milwaukee won despite having its first hit taken away as a result of batting out of order in the first inning.Guerra (6-1) allowed only two hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two. The 31-year-old rookie threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his previous start and has won three straight.It feels like hes even getting better, Counsell said. In the biggest spots he seems to step up even a little more.Maldonado gave the Brewers the lead in the fifth when he sent Scherzers 2-1 pitch over the visitors bullpen for his third homer.Most of the time, solo bombs, they dont beat you, said Scherzer, who has allowed a league-high 21 homers. It happened today.Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.Scherzer (9-6) threw 114 pitches in six innings. He gave up four hits while striking out seven and walking three.In three of his past four starts, he hasnt lasted more than six innings.I just havent been quite as efficient over the past couple of outings, Scherzer said. Im kind of scratching my head over that.One day after hitting six homers in a 12-1 win against the Reds, Washington hitters were stifled by Guerra. During one stretch, he retired 12 straight before Jayson Werth singled with two outs in the sixth. Then, with runners on second and third after a walk and a wild pitch, Guerra struck out Wilson Ramos.I was just trying to make quality pitches, keep out of his hot zone and just keep the ball low, Guerra said through a translator.Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar made a sliding catch of Ben Reveres pop fly along the left-field line to end the eighth.Ive always said the advantage goes to the pitcher when you havent seen him before, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. We flirted with the fence most of the day and he kind of had us fishing for that split-finger.Fans were still settling in for the traditional 11:05 a.m. July 4 game when the Brewers batted out of order in the first. After Ryan Brauns apparent two-out single, Baker came out to talk to plate umpire Cory Blaser.Ultimately, Jonathan Lucroy, listed third on the lineup card given to the umpires before the game, was charged with an at-bat and an out.I screwed up, Counsell said. I was going with some different lineups yesterday ... and it was just my mistake.Braun, who usually bats third, hit fourth instead Monday and led off the second inning by grounding out.Obviously, against Max Scherzer youre not going to get too many opportunities to have baserunners, Braun said. So it was a challenging way to start the day.GOOD MORNING!Asked what the hardest part of making an 11:05 a.m. start was, Guerra responded: When my alarm went off at 8.Revere said of the early start: Of course 11 is early, but its one of those deals where you just have to wake yourself up, slap yourself in the face or something.TRAINERS ROOMBrewers: 1B Chris Carter, who is 1 for 11 with seven strikeouts vs. Scherzer, was not in the starting lineup.Nationals: RHP Jonathan Papelbon (right rib muscle strain) returned from the 15-day DL and pitched a scoreless ninth. ... Baker held banged-up 2B Daniel Murphy out of the lineup, but he flied out as pinch hitter in the eighth. ... Baker said RHP Joe Ross trip to the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation was mainly precautionary, and that if this was late in the season Ross could have pitched.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Zach Davis (5-4, 4.22 ERA) allowed six runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in his last outing, but had gone 5-0 with a 2.64 ERA in his 10 prior starts.Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-7, 4.81 ERA) allowed six runs and six hits in a June 25 loss at Milwaukee. Hes given up three or more earned runs in his last eight starts. .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. NEW YORK -- As the last-place team in the National League East, the Atlanta Braves can afford to let someone learn on the job, as right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber will begin to do Wednesday night.Their opponents, the New York Mets, are in the thick of the NL wild-card race, and veteran right fielder Jay Bruce may not have any time left to snap out of a nearly two-month slump.Bruces place in -- or out -- of the lineup is sure to be a central topic Wednesday night, when the Mets try to avoid being swept by the Braves in the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field.Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran threw seven strong innings Tuesday, when the Braves withstood a late Mets comeback to eke out a 5-4 win. The result, coupled with wins by the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, dropped New York into a three-way tie with the Giants and Cardinals for the two NL wild-card spots.The Giants, Cardinals and Mets are all 81-70.The Mets looked as if they might be mounting a dramatic comeback during a three-run eighth inning Tuesday, when Eric Campbell -- a .172 hitter who had not batted in the majors since May 30 -- produced the second run of the frame with a pinch-hit RBI single. He batted in place of Bruce, who led the NL in RBI prior to an Aug. 1 trade to the Mets.Bruce, who didnt start either Sunday or Monday, went 0-for-3 Tuesday and is batting just .176 in 39 games with the Mets. He is 3-for-37 (.081) dating back to Sept. 5.Manager Terry Collins said it was a difficult decision to pinch-hit for the left-handed-hitting Bruce against southpaw Ian Krol but that he did so in the best interests of the team.Its one of the worst things you can do as a manager -- pinch-hit for a star, especially one of the elite power hitters in the game, Collins said. But you know, my job is to try to win the game.Bruce -- a three-time All-Star with 237 career homers -- said it was the first time he could remember being lifted for a pinch hitter but that he understood Collins decision.He diidnt need to explain that to me, said Bruce, who actually was replaced by a pinch hitter eight times previously. I obviously get how the game is played, and you know what his thought process was there. I dont deserve any explanations from the manager. Hes the manager, he makes the decisions.Perhaps Bruce will get a chance to redeem himself against Weber, who will be making his second start of the season and his first since Sept. 5. Overall this year, he is 1-1 with a 5.46 ERA in 15 outings.Weber earned the opportunity to return to the rotation by throwing 4 2/3 innings of one-run relief in place of right-hander John Gant last Friday against the Washington Nationals.He did such a good job the other day, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said Monday. (He) was efficient and extended it so well, and hes somewhat stretched out. Just get the bird off the ground and get us in flight, see where we end up.Weber is 0-0 with a 7.56 ERA in two career games (one start) against the Mets.The Braves (60-91) look increasingly likely to end up with fewer than 100 losses, something that seemed inconceivable when manager Fredi Gonzalez was fired following a 9-28 start that had the club on pace to lose 120 games.Atlanta is 51-63 under Snitker and needs to win just three of its final 11 games to avoid the franchises first 100-loss season since 1988.They are big (games) for us -- thats why were going out there to win, not to show up, Snitker said. Were going out to try to win the ballgame.Ageless right-hander Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.14 ERA) will look to serve as the stopper for the Mets. The 43-year-old veteran, who needs one more win to become only the fourth pitcher to ever win at least 15 games at age 43 or older, is 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 career starts against the Braves.In three starts against Atlanta this year, Colon is 1-1 with a 1.71 ERA. Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys ThrowbackDiscount NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Gear Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic NFL Jerseys China Stitched NFL Jerseys ' ' '