WASHINGTON (AP) — As Michael Taylor rounded the bases in the second inning, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann quickly walked toward home plate to retrieve another ball, trying to ignore Taylor's trot.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy met him en route to offer encouraging words and a pat on the back.

It was the first homer Jungmann had allowed in eight starts, and it set the tone for a frustrating night.

Taylor homered in his third straight game, rookie Joe Ross allowed one run in seven innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Brewers 6-1 on Saturday night.

"I think they really made him work for everything," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said about Jungmann. "His command with his fastball, I don't think, wasn't too sharp. He couldn't get easy outs. There were a lot of long at-bats."

Jungmann (7-5) endured his worst outing of the season. He lasted four innings, allowing a season-high five runs on seven hits.

"It was one of those games where I felt like I was going to have to battle a little bit," Jungmann said. "Hopefully, you feel you can figure it out in the next couple of innings, I just really never got into a rhythm."

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run leading off the seventh for the Brewers. It was Davis' eighth homer in his last 15 games.

Anthony Rendon also homered and doubled to drive in two runs for Washington.

Taylor connected on a two-run shot for Washington, which had lost 8 of 10 and began play five games behind the Mets in the National League East.

"Mentally, I'm just trying to tone things down a little bit at the plate," Taylor said. "Just trying to be more consistent making contact instead of trying to crush baseballs."

Ross (4-5), 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in his two previous starts, gave up six hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter in defeating Milwaukee for the second time.

"Used my changeup a lot more today," Ross said. "I didn't throw it a ton, but definitely threw it more than I have the past few games."

Wilson Ramos added a double and a single and scored twice for the Nationals, who had 11 hits.

Milwaukee's defense helped Jungmann out of trouble in the first, but in the second, Ramos singled with two outs. Taylor followed by slicing a 2-1 pitch into the right-center field seats for his 13th home run of the season.

The Nationals added three more runs in the fourth.

Ramos doubled home Danny Espinosa and scored on a single by Jayson Werth, who had two hits after originally being scheduled for a day off.

Rendon's double scored Taylor for Washington's fifth run.

Rendon homered into the Nationals' bullpen in the seventh and also walked twice.

BREWERS DOUSE WERTH

The Brewers came up with two stellar defensive plays at Werth's expense. Center fielder Shane Peterson, after making a diving catch on Bryce Harper's liner in the first, threw Werth out at third base when he tried to tag up. Three innings later, shortstop Jean Segura took a relay and threw out Werth at home plate on a double by Rendon.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 3B Yunel Escobar, who left Friday night's game with a hyperextended neck after a collision while trying to catch a foul ball, was not in the lineup. "He's a little sore today, to be expected," manager Matt Williams said. ... CF Denard Span (back tightness) played nine innings Saturday night with Double-A Harrisburg in his fifth rehab outing, going 2 for 4 with a walk and three runs scored.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (6-13, 4.98 ERA) looks to bounce back from his previous outing when he lasted only five innings, giving up five runs in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins. In six starts since returning from the DL with right shoulder tendinitis, Garza is 2-3 with a 3.44 ERA.

Nationals: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.44 ERA) is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA in six starts against the Brewers. He's 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA since the All-Star break.