WASHINGTON (AP) — Livan Hernandez pitched his first shutout in nearly six years, allowing only four hits in the Washington Nationals' 8-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
Hernandez didn't allow a hit after pitcher Randy Wolf's single in the fifth. He struck out three and walked two in his eighth career shutout — his first since July 30, 2004, while with Montreal.
It was the second straight outstanding start for Hernandez, who threw 112 pitches. He worked seven scoreless innings in New York on April 11, giving up five hits to the Mets.
Washington (6-5) won its third straight and owns a winning record for the first time since April 4, 2008, when the Nationals were 3-2.
Ivan Rodriguez, Washington's 38-year-old catcher, knocked in three runs with a base hit in the second and a two-run double in the sixth. Justin Maxwell also drove in three with a two-run home run in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The 35-year-old Hernandez (2-0), thought to be a placeholder until phenom Stephen Strasburg is summoned from the minors, was in trouble only in the second inning when he loaded the bases on a double and two walks with one out. Wolf ended the inning by grounding into a double play.
Wolf (1-1) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Wolf fell behind 3-0 in the second on Maxwell's home run — his first of the season — and Rodriguez' single.
Ryan Zimmerman, starting his first game in a week after being sidelined by a strained left hamstring, drove in two runs with doubles in the fourth and seventh innings.
The Nationals added three runs in the sixth off Todd Coffey.
NOTES: Milwaukee 2B Rickie Weeks was hitless for the first time this season, snapping his hitting streak at 10 games. ... Brewer pitchers have allowed a home run in each of the first 11 games, two short of the franchise record. ... Milwaukee manager Ken Macha will try to avoid starting Wolf and his other left-handed starter, Doug Davis on consecutive days. Davis' turn was scheduled to come up on Sunday and Friday. Right-hander Jeff Suppan will start instead. ... Washington OF Josh Willingham has reached base seven of eight times during the series.