Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings, Nats beat Braves 3-1

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 21, 2017

We have some NL East action on Thursday as the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves wrap up a 3-game set. It was on Kelley, who replaced closer Blake Treinen with the bases loaded and one out, to refocus and avoid making a mistake with the winning run at first base. D'Arnaud appeared to swing and miss to end the game with a strikeout, but plate umpire C.B. Bucknor said d'Arnaud tipped the ball. D'Arnaud made it a moot point, swinging and missing again. The 2016 NL Cy Young Award victor allowed only one other runner as far as second base, finishing with seven strikeouts.

Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (0-2) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits and four walks.

Adam Duvall hit his first career grand slam, Joey Votto had a two-run shot and Bronson Arroyo got his first win in nearly three years, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Baltimore Orioles. Nationals catcher Matt Wieters didn't hang on to the ball, but since the bases were loaded, d'Arnaud is out. In his three seasons with the Nats, this was just the second time that the right-hander has thrown more than 110 pitches in an April start (April 26, 2016 against Philadelphia).

But Washington has dominated its division rival over the last two-plus season, improving to 37-13 over their last 50 meetings.

After Freeman drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, Nick Markakis singled and the Braves had their best scoring chance against Scherzer. Adonis Garcia grounded into a double play, the first turned in support of Scherzer this season, to put out the fire.

"When you see a guy like Max doing all he has. we always tell our pitchers 'shutdown innings, ' and he went out and showed them how to shut down after you get a couple of runs", Baker said.

Jonathan Schoop singled home a run in the second, and Manny Machado hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Atlanta C Tyler Flowers (strained right hamstring) didn't start but came on in the ninth as a pinch hitter.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (1-0) gets his second start of the homestand, looking to follow up a victory in the first game at SunTrust Park.

"I think everybody knows how good we are and what we can do", Harper said, adding the expected return of shortstop Trea Turner from the disabled list "is huge as well".

"But from where I was, it looked like he missed it a foot", Washington manager Dusty Baker said.

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse for his first big league start of the season. Washington is 6-1 in Strasburg's last 7 starts against the Braves and 5-1 in his last 6 road starts against Atlanta.

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