Haren's strong start lifts Nationals to 3-0 win over Brewers

  • Updated: August 3, 2013 - 9:40 PM

MILWAUKEE — Adam LaRoche was struggling so much at the plate, he decided to try something different. So he grabbed teammate Jayson Werth's bat.

The move paid off as LaRoche hit his 15th home run of the season in the sixth inning to help lead the Nationals to a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Prior to the home run, Washington's first baseman had just one hit in his previous 28 at bats. LaRoche said Ian Desmond suggested he try Werth's bat as Werth was hitting .337 in his last 51 games.

"My bat has not been feeling very good lately so why not give someone else's a try," LaRoche said. "I got a pitch I could hit and I was able to drive it."

Desmond, who batted after LaRoche, also used Werth's bat, but he flied out to leftfield.

"Maybe we should just leave Jason's bat up there for everyone to use," LaRoche said.

The other key to the game for the Nationals was the continued strong pitching of Dan Haren. He went seven strong innings, giving up just four hits, with six strikeouts and two walks.

Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth inning to earn his 28th save in 32 chances.

The only inning that Haren struggled was the first as he gave up a leadoff double to Rickie Weeks. Weeks moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Haren struck out Jean Segura, but walked Jonathan Lucroy. He got Carlos Gomez to pop out to short to end the inning.

It was the second straight strong outing for Haren (6-11) as he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings of a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on July 27. Prior to that, Haren had not won a game in more than two months as the Nationals had lost his previous 11 starts. Haren went 0-8 with a 6.18 ERA in that stretch.

Haren was on the disabled list in early July with a sore right shoulder and said the rest did him good.

"Going on the disabled list gave me a chance to regroup," he said. "I wanted to leave the first part of the season behind and help the team try and get back into the race."

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Haren has a lot of pride and wanted to help the team win.

"He threw a bunch of pitches early, but really settled down," Johnson said. "He's been throwing very well for us."

Johnson said Werth left the game in the sixth inning after injuring his groin. Werth is not expected to play Sunday, but Johnson said he hopes to play him on Monday against Atlanta.

Donovan Hand (0-3), making his sixth start of the season, gave up three runs on five hits for the Brewers.

Milwaukee lost its third straight game and has only scored one run in the first two games of the series.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said it was another game of wasted opportunities.

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