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As Brewers stars rest, youngsters lead 9-2 win over Nationals

MILWAUKEE -- No Ryan Braun? No Jonathan Lucroy? No Aramis Ramirez?

No worries.

With most of their big guns getting the day off following the 16-inning marathon that had ended roughly 12 hours earlier, the Milwaukee Brewers got all the offense they needed from two of their young studs.

Scooter Gennett drove in five runs with a second-inning grand slam and an RBI single and Khris Davis drove in three more runs with a homer and a two-run single to power the Brewers past the Washington Nationals, 9-2, on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Making the afternoon even sweeter, Marco Estrada delivered a much-needed strong start – both for a Brewers team that needed it as well as himself as he tries to tighten his hold on his spot in the rotation that had grown looser in recent weeks .

The right-hander went 6 1/3 innings, limiting Washington to just two hits, two runs (earned) and four walks to go along with four strikeouts as Milwaukee maintained its status as one of only two teams in the major leagues to have not yet been swept this season.

Also important was the fact Estrada (7-4) didn't allow a homer – just the second time this season that's happened and the first time since April 15. He came in having surrendered a major-league-high 24.

Washington took an early 1-0 lead against Estrada in the second on a Nate McLouth groundout that drove in Adam LaRoche, who walked to lead off the inning.

The Brewers got that run back, and three more, in the bottom of the frame against Nationals stud Stephen Strasburg.

Mark Reynolds led off with a single and with one out, he went to third on a double by Elian Herrera. Martin Maldonado then drew a walk to load the bases, and after Estrada struck out Gennett turned around a 95-mph fastball from Strasburg and sent it out to right-center for his first career grand slam.

Staked to that lead, Estrada settled in and allowed just one run the rest of the way, on an Ian Desmond RBI double in the fourth.

Davis crushed a 430-foot homer to left-center on the first pitch he saw from Strasburg in the bottom of the fourth to get that run back and make it 5-2. Then he delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to right in the fifth to make it 7-2.

That also signaled the end for Strasburg (6-6).

Estrada and Brandon Kintzler combined on a scoreless sixth, with Estrada departing to a standing ovation from the crowd of 39,049.

Gennett drove in a run with a single in the sixth, and Carlos Gomez drove in Gennett later that inning with a swinging bunt to make it 9-2.

Alfredo Figaro, just recalled from Class AAA Nashville, pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.

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