Braves score 7 off Scherzer in victory over Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) It was part of the Washington Nationals' plan to push Max Scherzer's pitch count deeper than usual on Wednesday.

The Atlanta Braves' plate discipline and timely hitting in the seventh inning wasn't in the script.

Dansby Swanson smacked a bases-loaded, go-ahead two-run single off Scherzer, Matt Kemp hit a grand slam two batters later and Atlanta beat Washington 8-2.

Atlanta scored six runs in the seventh, and five were charged to Scherzer (14-6), who walked the bases loaded and remained in the game despite having thrown 114 pitches. Swanson then hit a 1-0 pitch to left to make it 4-2.

''We were just able to string good at-bats together,'' Swanson said. ''Good pitchers like that, it's hard to be able to do that. It kind of gets magnified when you are able to do it.''

The Nationals intentionally walked Freddie Freeman before manager Dusty Baker went to the bullpen. Kemp then drilled Brandon Kintzler's first offering to left for his seventh career grand slam and first since 2011.

Scherzer finished with 116 pitches, his most since July 7.

''With an extra day coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to try to get me into the 110, 115, 120 pitch count range tonight,'' Scherzer said. ''I thought that would benefit me going forward and then looking into the postseason, pitch with some extra fatigue.''

Scherzer, who had not lost since June 21 and had won six decisions in a row, allowed seven runs over six-plus innings - the most he has yielded since giving up seven to the Chicago Cubs on May 6, 2016. He walked six batters, his most in nearly five years.

Manager Dusty Baker said he was weighing the long-term benefits of stretching Scherzer out when he opted to leave him in. Washington clinched the NL East on Sunday, but has since dropped back-to-back games.

''That was the game plan before the night started,'' Baker said. ''I know it looked ugly. It looked ugly to you, it looked ugly to us, and the fans and everybody else. But if you have a game plan, then you want to stick with it as much as and as long as you can.''

In his second start since his call-up from Triple-A Gwinnett, Atlanta rookie Luiz Gohara (1-1) needed only 71 pitches to complete six innings and secure his first major league victory. He allowed six hits and two runs while striking out six.

''The kid gets locked in and really competes,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''That's what I heard about him, from the guys that played with him, had him, been around him. They say once he gets out there, he's trying to beat you. That's legit stuff there, too.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: OF Ender Inciarte (jammed left thumb) was out of the lineup, but was available to pinch run and serve as a defensive replacement. Inciarte was hurt when he dove into first avoiding a tag on Tuesday. ... Snitker said 1B/OF Matt Adams was available to pinch hit. Adams left Sunday's game with right hamstring tightness and did not play Tuesday.

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy was out of the lineup with a stiff neck. ... Baker said OF Bryce Harper, out since Aug. 13 with a hyperextended left knee, has done some hitting off a tee, soft toss and light running. ... OF Jayson Werth started in right after missing five games with a shoulder injury. Werth doubled in his first plate appearance and went 1 for 3.

LEADING MAN

With Inciarte out, rookie 2B Ozzie Albies batted leadoff. He walked twice and extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the fifth.

''That kid is way above his years,'' Snitker said.

TURNER THE BURNER

Nationals SS Trea Turner stole his 40th base of the year in the first inning. He became only the second player since the franchise moved to Washington to reach that plateau, joining Alfonso Soriano (41 in 2006).

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-12, 4.74 ERA), who is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA against Washington this season, takes the mound Thursday as Atlanta seeks a three-game sweep.

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (12-9, 4.48) starts for Washington. He is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 17 career games against Atlanta.

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NationalsWAS88-57
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  • W: L. Gohara (1-1)L: M. Scherzer (14-6)
  • HR: ATL - M. Kemp (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B31110201.293.361.467.8284.0
D. Swanson SS51120002.237.322.340.6624.0
F. Freeman 1B41000120.319.417.6121.0291.0
M. Kemp LF42141120.280.322.472.79410.0
L. Sims P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Markakis RF40200101.281.363.398.7623.0
T. Flowers C40210012.286.380.449.8294.5
R. Ruiz 3B50000015.198.271.310.582-0.5
L. Adams CF42300102.309.397.515.9128.0
L. Gohara P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- J. Peterson PH11000112.197.292.287.5791.5
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Johnson LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Gohara in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS42300000.285.335.450.7857.0
W. Difo 2B40110022.281.330.390.7201.0
A. Rendon 3B40110001.301.399.533.9333.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000022.300.357.552.909-1.0
H. Kendrick LF40000011.327.380.491.870-0.5
M. Taylor CF30100010.277.324.496.820-0.5
J. Werth RF30100010.241.339.422.7611.5
M. Wieters C30000021.230.288.349.637-1.0
S. Kelley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Scherzer P20000021.175.230.228.458-1.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Read C10000010.333.333.333.667-0.5
  • a-struck out for Grace in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (15)
  • 3B - L. Adams
  • HR - M. Kemp (19)
  • RBI - O. Albies (19), D. Swanson 2 (47), M. Kemp 4 (63), T. Flowers (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies (8), T. Flowers (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (37), J. Werth (7)
  • RBI - W. Difo (21), A. Rendon (92)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - O. Albies
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (40)
  • CS - M. Taylor (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman
  • E - L. Gohara
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Gohara (W, 1-1)6.06210606.301.4024.0
D. Winkler1.00000201.930.754.0
A. Minter1.01000303.120.813.5
L. Sims1.00000105.361.433.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Gohara (W, 1-1)6.0
D. Winkler1.0
A. Minter1.0
L. Sims1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 14-6)6.07776702.590.92-3.5
B. Kintzler1.03110112.781.14-0.5
M. Grace1.00000004.601.443.0
S. Kelley1.00001107.661.582.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 14-6)6.0
B. Kintzler1.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Kelley1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Gohara 71-52, D. Winkler 12-8, A. Minter 16-12, L. Sims 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Gohara 3-7, D. Winkler 1-0, L. Sims 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Gohara 22, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 4, L. Sims 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Scherzer (2)
  • HBP - S. Kelley
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 116-74, B. Kintzler 15-11, M. Grace 10-7, S. Kelley 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-6, B. Kintzler 1-1, M. Grace 2-1, S. Kelley 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 30, B. Kintzler 6, M. Grace 3, S. Kelley 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B31110201.293.361.467.8284.0
D. Swanson SS51120002.237.322.340.6624.0
F. Freeman 1B41000120.319.417.6121.0291.0
M. Kemp LF42141120.280.322.472.79410.0
L. Sims P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Markakis RF40200101.281.363.398.7623.0
T. Flowers C40210012.286.380.449.8294.5
R. Ruiz 3B50000015.198.271.310.582-0.5
L. Adams CF42300102.309.397.515.9128.0
L. Gohara P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- J. Peterson PH11000112.197.292.287.5791.5
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Johnson LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Gohara in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS42300000.285.335.450.7857.0
W. Difo 2B40110022.281.330.390.7201.0
A. Rendon 3B40110001.301.399.533.9333.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000022.300.357.552.909-1.0
H. Kendrick LF40000011.327.380.491.870-0.5
M. Taylor CF30100010.277.324.496.820-0.5
J. Werth RF30100010.241.339.422.7611.5
M. Wieters C30000021.230.288.349.637-1.0
S. Kelley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Scherzer P20000021.175.230.228.458-1.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Read C10000010.333.333.333.667-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Grace in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (15)
  • 3B - L. Adams
  • HR - M. Kemp (19)
  • RBI - O. Albies (19), D. Swanson 2 (47), M. Kemp 4 (63), T. Flowers (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies (8), T. Flowers (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (37), J. Werth (7)
  • RBI - W. Difo (21), A. Rendon (92)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - O. Albies
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (40)
  • CS - M. Taylor (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman
  • E - L. Gohara
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Gohara (W, 1-1)6.06210606.301.4024.0
D. Winkler1.00000201.930.754.0
A. Minter1.01000303.120.813.5
L. Sims1.00000105.361.433.5
Total9.07210120---
PITCHERSIP
L. Gohara (W, 1-1)6.0
D. Winkler1.0
A. Minter1.0
L. Sims1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 14-6)6.07776702.590.92-3.5
B. Kintzler1.03110112.781.14-0.5
M. Grace1.00000004.601.443.0
S. Kelley1.00001107.661.582.5
Total9.01088791---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 14-6)6.0
B. Kintzler1.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Kelley1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Gohara 71-52, D. Winkler 12-8, A. Minter 16-12, L. Sims 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Gohara 3-7, D. Winkler 1-0, L. Sims 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Gohara 22, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 4, L. Sims 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Scherzer (2)
  • HBP - S. Kelley
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 116-74, B. Kintzler 15-11, M. Grace 10-7, S. Kelley 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-6, B. Kintzler 1-1, M. Grace 2-1, S. Kelley 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 30, B. Kintzler 6, M. Grace 3, S. Kelley 5
  • 7TH INNING
    Kemp homered to left, Albies, Swanson and Freeman scored82
    Swanson singled to left, Adams and Peterson scored, Albies to third, Swanson to second42
  • 6TH INNING
    Difo singled to left center, Turner scored22
    Flowers doubled to deep right, Kemp scored21
  • 5TH INNING
    Albies singled to right, Adams scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Rendon doubled to left center, Turner scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Shawn Kelley pitching
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kemp flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Ball, Flowers hit by pitch, Markakis to second
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
    • L. Adams: Adams reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Flowers out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Micah Johnson in left
    • Lucas Sims pitching
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon flied out to left
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kendrick grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Matt Grace relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Swanson grounded out to third
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Freeman lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A.J. Minter relieved Dan Winkler
    • M. Wieters: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • Raudy Read hit for Matt Grace
    • R. Read: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Read struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner singled to center
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • L. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adams walked
    • Jace Peterson hit for Luiz Gohara
    • J. Peterson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Peterson walked, Adams to second
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Albies walked, Adams to third, Peterson to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson singled to left, Adams and Peterson scored, Albies to third, Swanson to second
    • F. Freeman: Freeman intentionally walked
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Max Scherzer
    • M. Kemp: Kemp homered to left, Albies, Swanson and Freeman scored
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to second
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike swinging, Flowers singled to right
    • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ruiz lined out to left
    • L. Adams: Adams singled to center, Flowers to second
    • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • J. Werth: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Werth struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp walked
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to second, Kemp to second
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Flowers doubled to deep right, Kemp scored
    • R. Ruiz: Ruiz grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner singled to right center
    • W. Difo: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Turner to third on Gohara fielding error, Strike looking, Foul, Difo singled to left center, Turner scored
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rendon flied out to shallow right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Zimmerman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Difo out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ruiz grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Adams: Adams tripled to deep left
    • L. Gohara: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gohara struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to right, Adams scored
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Swanson flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • J. Werth: Strike looking, Werth flied out to deep left
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters flied out to center
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman flied out to right
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis singled to left
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Taylor lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • L. Adams: Adams singled to deep left
    • L. Gohara: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gohara struck out bunting foul
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies flied out to center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
    • W. Difo: Difo flied out to right
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Markakis singled to center
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Flowers grounded out to third, Markakis to second
    • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ruiz fouled out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor singled to right center
    • J. Werth: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Taylor picked off at second, pitcher to first, Werth doubled to deep left
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Scherzer struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies caught stealing, catcher to second, Swanson fouled out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner stole second, Rendon doubled to left center, Turner scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Zimmerman grounded out to third
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)