MILWAUKEE (AP) -
rewarded his manager for keeping him in the regular rotation.
Bush pitched a five-hitter over 6 1-3 innings for his second consecutive win and
each hit home runs to help the Brewers sweep the four-game series against the
with a 7-1 victory Monday.
The Brewers' sixth straight victory moved them 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the NL wild card despite the absence of
for the second straight game. Braun, out with a lower-back injury, is listed as day to day.
decided to use Bush and
in a home-and-road platoon. Bush, who pitched better at home, would start only at Miller Park while McClung, who did better
away, would pitch on the road. It didn't last long.
Bush couldn't be happier about starting every five days.
''Just being able to stick with the routine between starts,'' he said. ''Being able to run and lift and throw on the side.
The same things that I would typically do.''
Bush won on the road August 5 at Cincinnati in his previous start, holding the Reds to a run and three hits in seven innings.
Yost snapped at a reporter who asked if leaving Bush in the rotation was working.
''Have we won both games?'' he asked. Then he added, ''It's a positive effect for anybody that wants to stay in the rotation.''
Nationals manager Manny Acta had seen enough of the Brewers, who have won 10 of the past 15 matchups with Washington.
''We just got swept by a better team,'' he said. ''They flat-out out played us.''
Weeks led off the first with a homer and Hart added a two-run homer in the fourth.
's two-run double and a bases-loaded walk off reliever
in the seventh helped the Brewers swept the Nationals at Miller Park for the second consecutive season.
Bush (7-9) won his third straight start against Washington. He walked two and struck out six. He left with a 4-1 lead.
reached on first baseman
's fielding error,
relieved Bush. A fielding error by shortstop J.J. Hardy kept the Nationals rally alive, but Shouse got pinch-hitter
to hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Nationals had their best chance to help rookie
(0-3) in the fifth, but failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs.
Bush put two on with a walk and single and then hit Mock in the left thigh. Bush escaped when
hit into a fielder's choice,
struck out and
''We were swinging at David's pitches instead of having a better plan,'' Acta said. ''We dug ourselves a big hole.''
The Brewers scored a run when Mock worked himself into a jam and then out of the game in the fifth.
With two outs,
walked, advanced on Mock's wild pickoff and took third on a wild pitch. Fielder drove in Kapler and after Hart beat Mock to
the bag on a slow roller to first. Reliever
struck out Counsell to end the threat.
Mock, called up from Triple-A Columbus last Thursday, allowed four runs on five hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked three, but
struck out a career-high nine in his first start since June 21.
Acta like what Mock did against the Brewers.
''I thought he threw the ball a lot better than what the numbers show,'' he said. ''He showed flashes of a guy that can pitch
Last Wednesday's rainout at Colorado forced both
to pitch in the next day's doubleheader sweep of the Rockies. Perez would have been pitching on short rest in the final game
against the Brewers.
Zimmerman's RBI single in the first gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead that lasted until the bottom of the inning when Weeks led
off with his 10th home run, but first at Miller Park this season.
Notes: In the first, Weeks hit his third leadoff homer this season and ninth of his career. ... Mock's third MLB start marks
the 35th time in 119 games this season that a rookie has started a game for the Nationals. ... Milledge's single in the sixth
extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. ... Brewers batters struck out a season-worst 14 times.