Nats' Scherzer too much for Braves

Nats' Scherzer too much for Braves

The Braves would pay for those missed opportunities when the Nationals scored twice in the fifth inning. Either way, it's still a bit early to make definitive conclusions, but I'd be shocked if SunTrust Park magically turned into a pitcher's park once we get enough data to really sink our teeth into things.

"It was just a mess", Baker said. Wilmer Difo singled to drive in the first run of the game, and after a sacrifice bunt by Scherzer, another single from Adam Eaton pushed the Nationals' lead to 2-0. I said: 'Hey, if you want it, I got it.' And he looked over who he wanted to match up with, and after he and (pitching coach Mike Maddux) talked, I was cleared to go back out.

The Nationals snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak and handed the Braves their first loss at new SunTrust Park.

We're still in the extreme infancy of SunTrust Park as a Major League Baseball stadium, but I don't think that you'd be too far off to assume that this park is probably going to play well for the hitters in its current incarnation. Despite being at 101 pitches after six innings, he convinced Dusty Baker to keep him in the game and he ended up throwing a 1-2-3 seventh.

Mets 5, Phillies 4: Jay Bruce homered twice and drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth as NY ended its four-game losing streak.

But Washington has dominated its division rival over the last two-plus season, improving to 37-13 over their last 50 meetings.

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"It wasn't a foul tip where we were", Baker said. Washington will recall RHP Joe Ross and place him in the rotation, beginning with Wednesday's game in Atlanta.

"I think everybody knows how good we are and what we can do", Harper said, adding the expected return of shortstop Trea Turner from the disabled list "is huge as well". Atlanta C Tyler Flowers (strained right hamstring) didn't start but came on in the ninth as a pinch hitter.

REDS 9, ORIOLES 3: Adam Duvall hit his first career grand slam, Joey Votto had a two-run shot and Bronson Arroyo got his first win in nearly three years, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Baltimore Orioles. Kurt Suzuki got his second straight start behind the plate. They're also 11-3 in Scherzer's last 14 starts, are 19-7 in his last 26 road outings and have won 22 of his last 28 starts against divisional rivals.

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