WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- Adam Kennedy delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth Friday, lifting Washington to a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee.
The Nationals came back from a one-run deficit on three occasions and finally took the lead in the eighth in a game that was played through a light rain.
Gregg Zaun gave Milwaukee a 3-2 advantage in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly, but the Nationals quickly bounced back in the bottom half of the inning against LaTroy Hawkins (0-2).
Alberto Gonzalez reached on an infield single to open the inning and, after Willy Travers ran for Gonzalez, Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch.
The runners moved up on a sacrifice by Ian Desmond and Kennedy then singled on the first pitch he saw to give Washington a 4-3 lead. Kennedy stole second and scored the third run of the inning on a single by Wil Nieves.
That made a winner out of Brian Bruney (1-0), who worked one inning in relief of starter John Lannan. Matt Capps needed just seven pitches to work a perfect ninth and grab his fifth save.
Capps has earned a save in all of Washington's victories. The Nationals, who lost more than 100 games in each of the last two seasons, have split their first 10 contests this year.