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Brewers ride big first inning to 11-7 win over Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Craig Counsell's grand slam highlighted a 10-run first inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers held on for an 11-7 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep.

A wild Jason Marquis (0-3, 20.52 ERA) was pulled before recording an out. He faced seven batters, and all reached base: four singles, two hit batters, one walk. Reliever Miguel Batista served up Counsell's first homer of the season.

It was a rousing, 14-batter, 28-minute half-inning for a Brewers club that was shut out Saturday and hadn't scored more than eight runs in a game this season.

Despite the mammoth lead, Milwaukee starter Doug Davis failed to earn the win, going only 4 2-3 innings. Reliever Claudio Vargas (1-0) threw two innings in relief.

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