Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, May 23
Game 2: Tuesday, May 24
Game 3: Wednesday, May 25

Nationals 4

(21-28, 10-19 away)

Brewers 6

(27-23, 19-6 home)

    1:10 PM ET, May 25, 2011

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    WSH 000300010 4 6 1
    MIL 20101011 - 6 7 1

    W: Z. Greinke (3-1)

    L: J. Marquis (5-2)

    S: K. Loe (1)

    Nationals-Brewers Preview


    All Corey Hart needed to snap out of a season-long slump was to face the Washington Nationals at Miller Park.

    Hart will look to continue his hot hitting when he faces a pitcher he's fared well against as the Milwaukee Brewers seek their ninth straight home win and a sweep of the last-place Nationals on Wednesday.

    Hart set career highs with 31 homers and 102 RBIs last season, but didn't make his 2011 debut until April 26 because of an oblique strain. Through 21 games, Hart had only one RBI and was batting .237.

    Facing the road-weary Nationals (21-27) has provided a huge boost. After tying Brewers records with three homers and seven RBIs in a big win Monday, Hart hit a two-run shot in his first at-bat Tuesday, and finished with two hits.

    Jonathan Lucroy homered and added a two-run single in the eighth inning that capped a late four-run rally. Milwaukee then withstood a bases-loaded situation in the ninth and held on for a 7-6 victory when closer John Axford got Mike Morse to fly out.

    The Brewers (26-23) have won five straight overall and set a record for the longest home winning streak since Miller Park opened.

    "I don't want to say that this one was the best, but this was a great ballgame; to be down early like that, to come back offensively, to put together a lot of good at-bats," said first-year manager Ron Roenicke, whose team is an NL-best 18-6 at home.

    Morse had three hits including a homer, drove in four and scored twice. The Nationals have dropped four straight and lead the NL with 18 road losses.

    "Every loss is a loss," Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. "It stings, but they all sting."

    Hart is hitting .412 against Jason Marquis (5-1, 4.08 ERA), who will start for the Nats. That's Hart's second-highest average against any active pitcher he's faced at least 17 times.

    In spite of a poor showing last week, Marquis has been resurgent after an injury-shortened 2010 campaign.

    Marquis had won at least 11 games in six straight seasons before elbow woes saddled him with a 2-9 record and 6.60 ERA in just 13 starts last year.

    A solid seven-inning effort in the nation's capital during an 8-4 victory over Milwaukee on April 17 was the first of three straight wins for Marquis. He was in position to match that streak Friday at Baltimore, but lasted a season-low four innings and allowed five runs and eight hits.

    Marquis didn't get a decision as Washington scored six in the fifth en route to a 17-5 blowout. He's 1-1 with a 2.23 ERA in five career starts at Miller Park, but hasn't pitched there since June 4, 2007, while with the Chicago Cubs.

    Milwaukee's Zack Greinke (2-1, 6.43) will face Washington for the first time.

    In 21 2/3 innings over four starts after returning from a broken rib that was discovered during spring training, Greinke has struck out 29 while walking only two. The right-hander tied a season high with nine strikeouts over six innings Friday against Colorado, but also permitted four runs and eight hits during Milwaukee's 7-6 win in 14.

    Greinke, who had served up two homers coming in, surrendered a solo shot to Jason Giambi and a two-run drive to fellow pitcher Jason Hammel.

    The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't gone past the sixth inning yet as a Brewer, and he's allowed at least four runs in three of his four starts.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1W2
    Last 108-27-3

    Pitching Matchup

    J. Marquis
    8-6, 4.43 ERA

    Last Game:
    8/14 at ARI
    3.1 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    Z. Greinke
    16-6, 3.83 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at MIL
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    1. R. Bernadina, CF R. Weeks, 2B
    2. I. Desmond, SS C. Hart, RF
    3. J. Werth, RF R. Braun, LF
    4. L. Nix, LF P. Fielder, 1B
    5. M. Morse, 1B C. McGehee, 3B
    6. D. Espinosa, 2B M. Kotsay, CF
    7. I. Rodriguez, C J. Lucroy, C
    8. J. Hairston Jr., 3B C. Counsell, 3B
    9. J. Marquis, P Z. Greinke, P