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WASHINGTON — The Nationals usually are at their best with Bryce Harper in the lineup. On Wednesday night, Washington found its groove offensively after its All-Star was ejected and the score tied in the eighth.

Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind each had two-run doubles in a seven-run eighth inning to help the Washington Nationals rally past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5.

Harper was ejected by home plate umpire Chris Segal after striking out in the eighth inning with runners on the corners. Tied 2-2, Zimmerman immediately picked up his fellow All-Star by lacing a liner into the right field corner.

Washington had six hits including four doubles in the eighth. Pedro Severino’s RBI double put Washington up 8-2.

Daniel Murphy’s homer pulled Washington within 2-1 in the seventh and ended a stretch of 17 1/3 scoreless innings for Washington.

“We were due,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.

Harper’s single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games. His outburst ended his night early. He joked he knew pregame he was more amped than usual thanks to his playlist that included Logic and Chance the Rapper.

“I called my brother. I’m like, `Man, I’m so fired up to play today.’ I guess it got me a little too fired up.”

Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 and allowed one run and four hits in seven innings plus a batter. Jacob Barnes (3-2) entered with a 2-1 lead and surrendered two runs and two hits while recording only one out.

“Jacob’s been our eighth inning guy, and to me he did his job tonight,” Brewers manager Craig Cousnell said. “He got two ground balls. Unfortunately, they found holes.”

Nelson exited after walking Matt Wieters leading off the eighth. Brian Goodwin’s double off Barnes put two runners in scoring position with one out. After Wilmer Difo’s single through the right side of the infield drove in the tying run, Harper faced reliever Josh Hader.

Already on edge after a strike call in his previous at-bat, Harper grew hotter when a 1-0 pitch from Hader he thought low was called a strike. Two pitches later Harper struck out swinging. He slammed his bat to the ground and went nose-to-nose with Segal for his second ejection of the season.

“Swing at the pitch, kicked the dirt. Didn’t really yell at (Segal),” Harper explained. “Just yelled cause I was mad that I struck out. Then he tossed me. Don’t know why he tossed me.”

Ryan Madson (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the win.

Gio Gonzalez surrendered two runs on five hits and had eight strikeouts for Washington.

Domingo Santana’s first inning blast, estimated at 476 feet, landed on the concourse beyond the left field stands. Washington’s offense blasted off late.

You’re going through a gauntlet starting with Harper. You’re going through some of the best hitters in the game,” Counsell said. “We’ve done a nice job of it for seven times through with them. The eighth time, it just didn’t happen.”

Harper finished 1 of 4 and is batting .416 (30 for 72) during his streak. He reached base safely in his 26th consecutive game, matching his cheap authentic jerseys career-best.

Milwaukee recalled Lewis Brinson from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was hitting .345 with 10 homers and 43 RBI. He hit .097 in 31 at-bats last month with the Brewers in his only previous major league action. He homered on Wednesday night for his first in the majors.