Milwaukee Brewers

Davies, power bats launch Brewers over Nationals 8-0

Though Zach Davies showed he's a triple-threat, the starting pitcher's best weapon was the one you'd least expect.

Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Manny Pina homered, Davies tossed 7 2/3 innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Tuesday night.

Shaw's three-run blast highlighted a four-run fourth inning. Thames and Pina went back-to-back off Edwin Jackson (1-1) in the fifth for the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Milwaukee, which had lost six of seven to open its 10-game road trip, maintained a half-game lead over the Chicago Cubs.

Davies (12-4) allowed three hits and struck out seven against an offense leading the NL with a .278 batting...