The Milwaukee Brewers have not had much cause for celebration, and still may not, but there was a brief glimpse of joy on Thursday after Tommy Harper turned a triple play in the sixth inning of a 7-6 loss in Washington. After Brewers starter Bobby Bolin walked Mike Epstein and Lee Maye to begin the inning, newly acquired Aurelio Rodriguez stepped up to bat with the Senators holding a 4-3 lead. Rodriguez lined a 1-0 fastball over Bolin’s head, but Harper moved swiftly to his right catching the line drive. Harper ran to second where he caught Epstein flat-footed for the second out. Harper turned to first and fired a bullet to Greg Goosen at first beating Maye back to the bag for the third out.
Milwaukee scored three in the eighth to take a 6-4 lead on Jerry McNertney’s RBI double and Rich Rollins two-run double. But for the second consecutive night, the Brewers bull pen could not hold the lead. John Gelnar opened the ninth by allowing an infield single to Maye. Rodriguez followed with another hard hit ball that found the gap in right center for a double advancing Maye to third. Davey Nelson walked to load the bases and end the evening for Gelnar. Southpaw John O’Donoghue was called in to face the left-handed Jim French who grounded out weakly to short allowing Maye to score. Paul Casanova, pinch hitting for the reliever Darold Knowles, followed with a line drive splitting past Rollins and Kubiak at short for the winning run.