In the Washington Nationals’ penultimate visit to Turner Field, it was their own Turner who stole the show Friday night against the Atlanta Braves.That of course would be Trea Turner, the rookie who started off the Nats 7-2 victory with a familiar scene – a leadoff single by virtue of being faster than the guy trying to put him out at first base. It was the first of four hits for the 23-year-old on the night, including a double and a home run, to go along with four runs and two stolen bases.
Turner wasn’t the only bat clicking for Washington. Jayson Werth added three hits of his own with Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon chipping in two apiece. An early outpouring of offense from the Nats saw Braves starter John Gant get the early hook from manager Brian Snitker. The 24-year-old allowed five runs in just 1.2 IP, including the Turner homer, and saw his record drop to 1-4.
It didn’t get much better for the Braves on offense. On the mound for the Nats was Max Scherzer, the MLB leader in strikeouts this season. The right-hander went seven full innings, striking out eight and allowing seven hits and two earned runs. The effort gave Scherzer his 17th win on the season and brought his 2016 strikeout total to 259. Reliever Blake Treinen pitched the eighth inning and fanned all three batters, while Shawn Kelley gave closer Mark Melancon a rest and closed out the game in the ninth.
The win for the Nats means their magic number is now six to clinch the NL East. They will close out their series with Atlanta on Sunday, where they will play their final game at Turner Field before the Braves move into SunTrust Park in 2017.