Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 9/23/12
Sitting in third place in the NL wild-card standings, the surging Milwaukee Brewers aren't showing any signs of letting up down the stretch. Seeking an eighth win in nine games, the Brewers look to continue their quest for a playoff berth Monday in this series finale against the Washington Nationals, who try to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time in almost two months. Milwaukee (79-73) extended its longest winning streak of the season to six in Friday's series opener only to fall 10-4 the following day. The Brewers, though, bounced back Sunday, winning 6-2 to remain 2-12 games behind St. Louis for the second wild-card berth with 10 to play. "They're all crucial," said manager Ron Roenicke, whose club has recorded double-digit hits six times during its 7-1 run -- including 15 Sunday. "We know that, but you've just got to go out and play. I thought that we played a good game today." Jonathan Lucroy came through with a pair of RBI singles as Milwaukee improved to a major league-best 25-7 since Aug. 20. "I don't think we're fun to face right now, as exciting as we've been," said Corey Hart, who's gone 9 for 53 (.170) in 15 career games in the nation's capital. The Nationals (92-60), meanwhile, dropped to 3-6 over their last nine games and saw their NL East lead over Atlanta cut to 4-12. Having already secured a playoff berth, Washington's magic number to clinch the division is six. Tied with Cincinnati for the best record in baseball, the Nationals haven't suffered consecutive home losses since July 31-Aug. 1. They could be hard-pressed to keep that streak going against Marco Estrada (4-6, 3.56 ERA), however. While his overall numbers don't stand out, Estrada has given the Brewers a huge boost of late. The right-hander has gone 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA over his last six starts, a stretch in which he's struck out 42 in 36-23 innings while limiting opponents to a .195 average. Estrada was excellent again Wednesday, scattering three hits over seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory at Pittsburgh. "He's definitely a hard guy to square up and do any damage against," Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones told the Brewers' official website. "He's pitching his (tail) off." In his only career start versus Washington, Estrada gave up one run, five hits and struck out seven over six innings but didn't factor in the decision of a 5-1 road loss April 17, 2011. Estrada will be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann (11-8, 2.96), who appears to be back on track after going 0-1 with a 9.88 ERA over a three-start stretch Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The right-hander yielded one run and six hits over six innings in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers, improving to 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA over his last three outings. Zimmermann has gone 4-0 in his last 10 home starts despite a 3.90 ERA. Zimmermann stifled Milwaukee in his only career matchup in this series July 28, giving up one run and five hits over six innings to earn a 4-1 road win.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Top takeaways from Sunday’s Week 3 NFL action

Odell Beckham pretends to pee like a dog after scoring TD

Jerry Jones explains why he opposes national anthem protests

Bears cornerback pulls a Leon Lett after blocked field goal

Jadeveon Clowney does the Gronk spike after defensive touchdown

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LeGarrette Blount tramples Giants defenders on first-down run

WATCH: Whitney Mercilus sacks Tom Brady, Jadeveon Clowney recovers for TD

Aldon Smith reaches plea deal in DUI case, avoids jail time

WATCH: Duke Johnson scores on brilliant 19-yard run

He's back! Jamaal Charles scores first Broncos TD

LeSean McCoy stretched during national anthem

Getaway Day: Closing time on 2017 regular season

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Getaway Day: Closing time on 2017 regular season

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker