Nats End First Half on Winning Note

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals recorded their 52nd win of the season on Sunday aftern with a 10-5 win over the Braves in their final tuneup before the All Star break. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper will represent the Nationals in Miami on the National League All Star team. The All Star game will take place Tuesday night.

The Nationals took a 3-0 lead early on against Braves lefty Sean Newcomb in the first inning. Newcomb couldn’t find the strike zone, giving up walks to Brian Goodwin and Wilmer Difo. Zimmerman sent a sacrifice fly to right field to score Goodwin. Anthony Rendon would double later in the inning to score two runs.

The Braves tied it with a three-run homer by Freddie Freeman in the third. Joe Ross was starting to feel pain as he twice got ahead of hitters with an 0-2 count only to walk them prior to Freeman’s damage. Ross would exit in the fourth and the Nats would later reveal that he had tenderness in his triceps. This is the second day in a row a Nats pitcher was pulled from a game due to injury as Strasburg suffered the same fate Saturday.

The Nats got back in front in the fourth with a double by Chris Heisey that scored Rendon. In the fifth, Wieters singled into center field to score Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy to go up 6-3. The Braves scored two runs in the sixth to pull within one.

The Nats got insurance in the seventh and eighth. Wieters hit a sac fly in the seventh. In the eighth, Harper hit an RBI single to right field that scored Goodwin while Difo moved to second and Murphy brought both runners home.



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