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The Milwaukee Brewers are below .500 for the first time in three months, after they were crushed by the Washington Nationals 14-6 at Miller Park Monday.

The Nationals' Josh Willingham became the 13th player in Major League history to hit two grand slams in one game - one in the fifth inning off Jeff Suppan, and the other in the sixth off Mike DiFelice.

Willingham also doubled as he went 3-5.

The Brewers were expected to make hay against baseball's worst team. But instead, they lost their 15th game in their last 22, and are now four games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

Suppan took the loss, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits in five and one-third innings. He's now 5-8.

Jason Bergmann got the win in relief. He's 1-1.

Ryan Zimmerman also homered for Washington, which has now scored 30 runs in a three-game winning streak.

For the Brewers, Ryan Braun fell a triple short of the cycle. Corey Hart also homered, and Felipe Lopez had three hits as Milwaukee dropped to 49-50.

Brewers' manager Ken Macha says the starting pitching has been a problem for some time, as his team has given up at least six runs in nine games in July.

Tonight, the Brewers will give right-hander Carlos Villanueva his first start since May of last year. Right-hander Collin Balester will start for the Nationals.