MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers blew a four run lead in the eighth inning Sunday, and lost to Washington 11-10 in 11 innings at Miller Park. Michael Morse pounded a two-run homer in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Morse then hit a two-run double in the 11th to win it. Corey Hart opened the Brewers’ 11th with a solo homer, but the Milwaukee offense couldn’t muster anything more after that. The Nationals scored four runs in the eighth to tie the game at that point. Roger Bernadina highlighted that rally with a two-run homer. Milwaukee went back up by two in the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back homers from Norichika Aoki and Carlos Gomez. But John Axford got his seventh blown-save in the ninth inning on the Morse homer. Jose Veras took the loss, and is 3-4. Mark Rogers made his third career start for the Brewers, and his first since September of 2010. He gave up a lead-off homer to Steve Lombardozzi. But Rogers settled down after that, striking out seven in five and two-thirds’ innings while giving up two runs on six hits and a walk. The Nationals out-hit Milwaukee 15 to11 in winning their eighth game in their last nine. Rickie Weeks also homered for the Crew, which has lost nine of its last ten. Aramis Ramirez did not start yesterday’s game due to a sore left wrist he’s had for some time. He was intentionally walked as a pinch-hitter, and he’s expected to play tonight when the Brewers host Houston. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces the Astros’ Bud Norris. Coverage on WHBL begins at 6:35.
Meanwhile, the Brewers traded catcher George Kottaras to Oakland Sunday for reliever Fautino De Los Santos. Kottaras was designated for assignment late last week after he lost his backup catcher’s job upon the return of starter Jonathan Lucroy. To make room on the roster for De Los Santos, the Brewers moved starting pitcher Shaun Marcum to the 60-day disabled list. Marcum has been out for almost a month-and-a-half with shoulder tightness. The Brewers sent the 26-year-old De Los Santos to Triple-“A” Nashville, and he’ll be out of minor league options starting next year.