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Nationals use 3 HRs to beat Brewers 7-4 to avoid sweep

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bryce Harper hit the first of Washington's three home runs, and the Nationals returned to form in a 7-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Jose Lobaton and Ryan Zimmerman also connected for the Nationals, who averted a three-game sweep.

After watching Washington score a combined two runs in the first two games of the series, manager Dusty Baker said before the finale, "We're operating at a low energy level right now."

Harper remedied that with a three-run shot in the first inning, the Nationals' first long ball in three games. Lobaton made it 4-0 in the second and Zimmerman chased Brewers starter Matt Garza (1-2) with a two-run drive in the fifth for a 7-4 lead.

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