WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon homered and doubled to drive in two runs, rookie Joe Ross allowed one run in seven innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Saturday night.
Michael Taylor hit a home run for the third straight night, connecting on a two-run shot for Washington, which had lost 8 of 10 and began play five games behind the Mets in the National League East.
Ross (4-5), 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in his two previous starts, gave up six hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
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Wilson Ramos added a double and a single and scored twice for the Nationals, who had 11 hits.
Khris Davis hit his 15th home run leading off the seventh for the Brewers. It was Davis' eighth homer in his last 15 games.
Milwaukee rookie right-hander Taylor Jungmann (7-5) endured his worst outing of the season. He lasted four innings, allowing a season-high five runs on seven hits.
Jungmann had gone eight straight starts without allowing a homer.
Milwaukee's defense helped Jungmann out of trouble in the first, but in the second, Ramos singled with two outs.
Taylor followed by slicing a 2-1 pitch into the right-center field seats for his 13th home run of the season.
The Nationals added three more in the fourth.
Ramos doubled home Danny Espinosa and scored on a single by Jayson Werth, who had two hits after originally being scheduled for a day off.
Rendon's double scored Taylor for Washington's fifth run.
Rendon homered into the Nationals' bullpen in the seventh and also walked twice.
Nationals: 3B Yunel Escobar, who left Friday night's game with a hyperextended neck after a collision while trying to catch a foul ball, was not in the lineup. "He's a little sore today, to be expected," manager Matt Williams said. "A little tight..." . CF Denard Span (back tightness) played nine innings Saturday night with Double-A Harrisburg in his fifth rehab outing, going 2 for 4 with a walk and three runs scored.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (6-13, 4.98 ERA) looks to bounce back from his previous outing when he lasted only five innings, giving up five runs in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins. In six starts since returning from the DL with right shoulder tendinitis, Garza is 2-3 with a 3.44 ERA.
Nationals: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.44 ERA) is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA in six starts against the Brewers. He's 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA since the All-Star break.