Nats Take Series Opener at Pittsburgh

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals took the first game of a three game set with the Pirates 8-4 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Stephen Strasburg got the win pitching six innings with three strikeouts.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single by Jayson Werth into center field that scored Trea Turner. The Pirates tied it in the bottom of the inning with a home run by Josh Harrison.

In the third, Ryan Zimmerman hit his league-leading 15th double to score Strasburg and Werth. In the fourth, Wilmer Difo belted his second home run of his career, a two-run shot, into the seats in right field. In the fifth, Matt Wieters hit his 16th RBI of the season with a long single off the out-of-town scoreboard in right field that scored Harper to put Washington up 6-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Trea Turner channeled his inner Derek Jeter for the second game in a row.

In the seventh the Pirates tallied three runs as Matt Albers and Oliver Perez were unable to get anybody out. Strasburg led the game after the sixth inning. Blake Treinen came in with runners on first and second and got Josh Harrison to ground into a double play. Treinen would then strike out Andrew McCutchen to leave the runner at third.

In the ninth, Bryce Harper smacked a two-run homer to give the Nats an 8-4 cushion. The 24-year old has now homered in every MLB ballpark.

Koda Glover came on for the ninth and allowed just two hits but struck out Harrison to end the game.

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