WASHINGTON - The Milwaukee Brewers knocked out Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez out, scored just the fifth run of the year against closer Rafael Soriano, and stole two runs with aggressive base running.
They still couldn't stop their downward slide.
Jayson Werth hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth after the Brewers tied it in the top of the inning, and Washington beat Milwaukee 5-4 on Sunday.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo delivers against the Washington Nationals during the first inning Sunday in Washington. (AP photo)
The Brewers fell to 3-12 in July as they headed home to start a three-game series today against Cincinnati, against whom they're 3-7 this season.
"We gotta quit making so many mistakes," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said testily. "We're not always going to swing the bat great. We're not always going to pitch great, but you should at least be (able to) make solid plays. Close games, that's what it comes down to. If we do things right, maybe (All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez) is in the ballgame with a one-run lead and (Rob) Wooten's not in there."
However, it was Wooten on the mound in the ninth after Rickie Weeks singled off Soriano to score pinch runner Logan Schaefer, tying the game in the top of the inning. And it was Wooten who allowed Werth's walk-off double into the left field corner that scored Anthony Rendon from first with two outs.
Roenicke, who praised Ryan Braun and Jean Segura, respectively, for scoring on fielder's choices in the third and fourth innings - the former from second base on a dribbler - wasn't happy that Braun missed cutoff man Segura on Werth's winning hit.
Those late mistakes ensured the Brewers would fail to overcome another poor outing from starter Yovani Gallardo.
Staked to a 3-1 lead, Gallardo allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings. He hasn't won since June 19 and is 0-2 with 7.33 ERA in his last four starts.
"It stinks. Any time you have the lead and (don't hold it)," exclaimed Gallardo.