Nats Drop Series but Avoid Sweep by Braves

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals dropped Saturday’s game 5-2 in a long contest thanks to a rain delay but avoided the sweep with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Here’s how it happened.

SATURDAY
Max Scherzer got the start and went five innings allowing three runs on four hits with six strikeouts, taking the loss. He gave up home runs to Rio Ruiz (a two-run shot) in the second and Matt Kemp in the fourth. For Ruiz, it was his first major league home run.

In the fifth, the Nats pulled within 3-2. With two on, Trea Turner singled into right field to score Matt Wieters. Jayson Werth followed with another single into right that scored Scherzer. The game would then go to a one-hour, 50-minute rain delay.

The Braves retook the lead once action resumed with a RBI fielder’s choice in the sixth. Tyler Flowers would homer in the eighth for an insurance run.

SUNDAY
Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 batters and Koda Glover picked up a four-out save as the Nationals hung on to salvage the final game of the three-game series, 3-2.

Strasburg went 7.2 innings allowing just two runs on five hits. His 11 strikeouts are a season-high.

In the second, Daniel Murphy hit his ninth homer of the season off of the Coors Light Chop House area in right-center to put the Nats up 1-0. One inning later, Bryce Harper hit an RBI single to center field to score Trea Turner. Wilmer Difo advanced to third. With runners at the corners, Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a double play but Difo scored from third to put the Nats up 3-0. In the bottom of the eighth Dansby Swanson hit a 2-RBI double to pull the Braves within a run. Strasburg left the game and Glover came in to close it out.

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