There have been times this season when the Milwaukee Brewers' effort has been questioned and when you're not scoring runs it can give the false impression that you're not trying.

In a game in which it would have been easy to surrender Sunday the Brewers exhibited some fight. Yes they caught some breaks as well but this was a day in which a beleaguered team deserved to feel proud.

Erasing a three-run deficit with a five-run rally in the sixth inning the Brewers pulled out an 8-5 victory over Washington at Miller Park to salvage the finale of the three-game series and brief home stand. In losing their previous three games the Brewers scored only two runs.

"The guys are battling" said starting pitcher Kyle Lohse who had his own personal battle with five difficult innings and a tight strike zone. "We could have rolled over and we didn't do that. We beat a pretty good team. We've got to keep grinding them out.

"We've got a lot of season left and we can learn some stuff learn a lot about ourselves and how we can battle when things aren't going our way."

It certainly didn't look good early as the Brewers fell behind 4-1 with some careless play. They gift-wrapped three runs in the second inning when Lohse — who hadn't hit a batter all season — plunked two. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy muffed a bunt in front of the plate that instead of leading to an easy out gave the Nationals their third run.

"We were sloppy coming out those first few innings a little frustrated I think" said manager Ron Roenicke. "Kyle did a nice job of holding it down and letting us have a chance to catch up."

The Brewers' injury-riddled lineup hasn't caught many breaks lately but that changed in a dramatic way in the sixth inning. After a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez left runners on the corners with one out Washington starter Taylor Jordan was replaced by veteran lefty Fernando Abad a move that quickly backfired.

Khris Davis batted for Caleb Gindl and chopped an infield hit over third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to make it a one-run game. Juan Francisco batting .111 for the season against lefties tied it by yanking a double down the first-base line that barely ticked the bag to stay fair.

With Washington playing its infield in to try to cut off the go-ahead run Jeff Bianchi blooped a base hit to shallow center to score two more runs Francisco eluding catcher Kurt Suzuki's tag with a nice swipe of his left hand on the plate.

"That was a big inning for us" said Bianchi. "You're supposed to hit it where they're not right? It's always good to put up a crooked number like that a five-spot. Good things happen when you battle.