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

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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. "The next thing I know, I'm back up there". "It was kind of a rough night all the way around".

Going into his third plate appearance of the night, Freeman is hitting.438/.534/.938. He boosted his batting average to.440 to go with a.533 on-base percentage and.920 slugging percentage.

Washington (8-6) has won two straight games.

Even on a balmy night for the opener of a three-game series against the defending NL East champions, the crowd of 21,834 was the smallest in five games at SunTrust Park.

Just in case, Harper and the Nationals made the point by putting on an offensive show at the Atlanta Braves' new park. However, Harper got caught wandering too far off the bag and was thrown out at second base.

Unfortunately for Werth, it's unlikely the league does anything, as Bucknor has been umpiring at the major league level for 20 years and has even called playoff games despite his track record.

His three wild pitches in that outing were one more than Scherzer threw over 228 ⁄3 innings pitched last season.

Nick Markakis hit a broken-bat single to center in the next at bat, but Brandon Phillips hit into a force at second for out No. 1 and Adonis Garcia sent a grounder to short to start an inning-ending 6-4-3.

The Nationals broke a scoreless tie in the fifth.

Nats' skipper Dusty Baker was asked if he attributed that to Scherzer and new catcher Matt Wieters still getting to know one another early in their first season together. Chris Heisey and Wilmer Difo each added a double, while Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton each added a multi-hit game, although it was Eaton who found himself in the RBI column, along with Harper, Zimmerman, Adam Lind, Heisey and Difo.

But Washington has dominated its division rival over the last two-plus season, improving to 37-13 over their last 50 meetings. Washington will recall RHP Joe Ross and place him in the rotation, beginning with Wednesday's game in Atlanta. Atlanta C Tyler Flowers (strained right hamstring) didn't start but came on in the ninth as a pinch hitter. Nationals SS Trea Turner (right hamstring) is nearly ready to return but is expected to require a rehab start in a warm climate, manager Dusty Baker said.

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