Turner shines despite loss

Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals celebrates a home run in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

By Michael Marzzacco

Trea Turner continued to make his own ballpark (Turner Field, park that bares his last name) his home as he hit two solo home runs. However, it wasn’t enough as the Nats dropped the second game of the three game set 7-3 to the Braves. The loss means the Nats magic number still stands at six.

Turner led off the first with a home run on the third pitch of the afternoon, that landed just over the wall in left field. Atlanta tied it in the bottom frame with an RBI single by Nick Markakis. A Freddie Freeman RBI single in the third inning put Atlanta out front 2-1 and a Markakis double play groundout scored Adonis Garcia from third base to put them ahead 3-1.

Turner blasted his second homer in the fifth into the left field seats to pull the Nats within 3-2. The Braves tallied on three more runs in the fifth with RBI singles by Markakis and Anthony Recker, and an RBI walk by Gordon Beckham. The Nats got a run back in the seventh with an RBI groundout by Jayson Werth that scored Ben Revere. The Braves tallied on the final run in the seventh with an RBI single by Recker.

The Nationals will face the Braves in their final game at Turner Field Sunday afternoon at 1:35. Joe Ross (7-4, 3.49 ERA) will go up against Matt Wisler (6-12, 5.00 ERA).


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