Santana homers twice, Brewers beat Nats 7-2

By RICH ROVITO

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — With another big Sunday performance by Domingo Santana, the Milwaukee Brewers closed within a half-game of Colorado for the NL’s second wild card.

Santana homered twice as Milwaukee beat Washington 7-2 to take three of four games from the Nationals.

Nine of Santana’s 24 homers have been hit on Sundays. His first name is Sunday in Spanish.

“It is a grind when you wake up after a night game and have to play a ballgame during the day,” he said. “I’m just so glad I’m getting a lot of hits.”

Santana also walked twice and stole a base.

“He’s been a real consistent player this year overall,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

“He’s certainly taken a big step forward. Day games seem to be a nice formula for him.”

Milwaukee had been 6 1/2 games out in the wild-card race in mid-August.

“When you’re chasing, the pressure is on to win,” Counsell said. “You take three out of four on a homestand from a good team, you did your job.”

Brewers starter Brent Suter, who had not pitched for Milwaukee since Aug. 12 because of left rotator cuff inflammation, allowed two hits in three scoreless innings and left after 43 pitches.