Hart powers Brewers over NatsMay 24, 2011 - 5:19 AM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Corey Hart blasted three homers and tied a franchise record with seven runs driven in, powering the Milwaukee Brewers past the Washington Nationals, 11-3.
"Hopefully this was a turning point," said Hart, who went homerless in his first 21 games this season. "I came out today feeling pretty good about myself. Hopefully I can start to swing the bat better and keep it going."
Prince Fielder added a solo shot for the Brewers, who were coming off a three- game sweep of the Colorado Rockies over the weekend.
Yovani Gallardo (6-2) gave up a solo home run to Mike Morse and was otherwise stellar in winning his fourth straight start. The right-hander yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning nine.
Tom Gorzelanny (2-4) gave up a season-high six earned runs on eight hits to take the loss, dropping Washington to 1-5 on its eight-game road trip.
"I was trying to throw pitches inside, but they were right down the middle," Gorzelanny said.
Hart got his career night started in the first inning, launching a moonshot to straightaway center after Rickie Weeks was hit by a pitch.
Fielder posted his 11th round-tripper of the season two batters later to roughly the same spot.
Morse led off the next Nationals at-bat with a homer, but the Brewers put the game away thanks to Hart's bat.
Weeks again reached base in the fifth in front of Hart, who hammered one to deep left-center for his 100th career home run.
Jonathan Lucroy singled in Ryan Braun later in the frame and scored the first run in Milwaukee's five-run eighth on a Yuniesky Betancourt double.
Doug Slaten relieved Drew Storen with runners on the corners later in the inning, and Hart greeted the reliever with his third home run, a line drive well over the fence in left.
The Brewers scored another run in the inning on Alex Cora's throwing error, and the Nationals pushed two across in the ninth when Jerry Hairston Jr. tripled in a run and scored on Roger Bernadina's groundout.
Hart posted his 11th career multi-home run game. The last Brewers player to hit three home runs was Geoff Jenkins on May 21, 2003 against San Diego...Before the game, the Nationals placed first baseman Adam LaRoche on the 15-day disabled list because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder...Milwaukee has won seven straight at home...Storen was charged with three runs in the eighth. He had not allowed a run in his previous 21 innings...The Nationals swept the Brewers in three games earlier this season.
- WASHINGTON: 3
May 23 11:07 PM
- Roger Bernadina grounded out second to first, scoring Jerry Hairston Jr. with two outs. None on and Ian Desmond due up.
Nationals 3, Brewers 11 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 23 11:04 PM
- Jerry Hairston Jr. triple to right scored Brian Bixler with none out. Runner on third and Alex Cora due up.
Nationals 2, Brewers 11 Top 9, 0 OutsMay 23 11:02 PM
- Casey McGehee struck out swinging to end the inning.
Nationals 1, Brewers 11 End 8May 23 10:54 PM
- Corey Hart two-out, three-run Home Run 3 (3) to left scored Yuniesky Betancourt and Rickie Weeks. Ryan Braun due up.
Nationals 1, Brewers 10 Bot 8, 2 OutsMay 23 10:47 PM
- Yuniesky Betancourt double to center scored Jonathan Lucroy with none out. Runner on second and Carlos Gomez due up.
Nationals 1, Brewers 7 Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 23 10:35 PM
- Jonathan Lucroy single to left scored Ryan Braun with two outs. Runner on first and Yuniesky Betancourt due up.
Nationals 1, Brewers 6 Bot 5, 2 OutsMay 23 9:37 PM
- Corey Hart none-out, two-run Home Run 2 (2) to center scored Rickie Weeks. Ryan Braun due up.
Nationals 1, Brewers 5 Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 23 9:31 PM
- Mike Morse lead-off Home Run (3) to right center. Danny Espinosa due up.
Nationals 1, Brewers 3 Top 2, 0 OutsMay 23 8:33 PM
- Casey McGehee grounded out third to first. None on with two outs and Jonathan Lucroy due up.
Nationals 0, Brewers 3 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 23 8:29 PM
- Corey Hart none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to center scored Rickie Weeks. Ryan Braun due up.
Nationals 0, Brewers 2 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 23 8:24 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 23 8:10 PM
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