Moved to leadoff, Harper hits 3-run homer as Nats win 12-4

WASHINGTON (AP) Moved to the leadoff spot for the first time since 2013, Bryce Harper showed signs of breaking out of his slump.

Harper hit a three-run homer that helped Max Scherzer win his fifth straight start as the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-4 Wednesday night.

''Seriously, I thought I missed that ball,'' Harper said. ''I thought I got the popup down the line more than I did the homer, but it went over the fence, so I'll take it.''

Harper entered in a 5-for-35 slump and had not gotten an extra-base hit since April 16. He grounded out in the first inning against Chad Kuhl (3-2), followed Wilmer Difo's go-ahead homer in the third with a flyout, then gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead in the fifth with his ninth homer this season.

''I really believe, even his first at-bat, he got pitches to hit today, and that was good for him,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''He got to swing the bat, and it felt like he participated, instead of going up there and walking.''

Harper walked for the major league-leading 39th time this season in the sixth, then left the game with Washington ahead 12-0. He led off in 16 games in 2013, his second major league season.

Harper raised his batting average to .250. The home run was the fifth of his career from the leadoff slot.

''You're not going to walk him men on first and second,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Scherzer (6-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walked one as his ERA rose slightly to 1.79. The first six-game winner in the major leagues this year, Scherzer drove in his second run of the season with an RBI single and scored twice.

'' put up the zeroes when I needed to,'' said Scherzer, who allowed just three of his first 21 batters to reach base.

Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer off Scherzer in the seventh, and Max Moroff hit a two-run drive against Carlos Torres in the ninth.

Matt Adams hit two solo home runs for Washington.

Kuhl (3-2) gave up six runs and four hits - all home runs - in 4 2/3 innings. He had allowed three homers over his five previous starts.

''With those guys - especially Bryce - any time in the ballgame they can connect,'' Kuhl said. ''Tonight the ball was just out over the plate. Really got punished on the balls that were out over the plate.''

CAUGHT STEALING

SS Trea Turner was caught attempting to steal second base in the third inning. Turner, second in the NL with 12 stolen bases, was picked off for the first time this season. Turner tied the Nationals record for most stolen bases without getting caught to start a season, equaling Adam Kennedy's mark from 2010.

KANG RETURNS

Pirates INF Jung Ho Kang has reported to the extended spring training. ''The process is to get him as complete as we can within 30 days,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (right shoulder strain) made his first rehab assignment for Class A Bradenton and allowed two runs and five hits in three innings.

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon (bruised toe) is making progress. ''He might end up going on rehab assignment here soon,'' Martinez said.

UP NEXT

RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-3, 3.63 ERA) seeks his first win since April 10 when he starts Wednesday. RHP Ivan Nova (2-1, 3.32 ERA), slated to pitch for Pittsburgh, has gone four straight outings without allowing a walk.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (6-1)L: C. Kuhl (3-2)
  • HR: PIT - C. Dickerson (4), M. Moroff (1), WAS - B. Harper (9), M. Adams 2 (5), W. Difo (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Bell 1B31200100.243.307.339.6465.0
C. Dickerson LF41121012.311.354.534.8886.5
F. Cervelli C20100010.313.394.575.9691.5
b- E. Diaz PH-C20000010.455.500.6361.136-0.5
C. Moran 3B31200101.294.378.435.8135.0
J. Mercer SS40100022.247.296.351.6471.0
C. Kuhl P20000021.143.143.143.286-1.0
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Moroff 2B21121002.278.316.500.8167.0
  • a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Cervelli in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Harper RF32131100.250.459.5541.01410.0
A. Stevenson LF10000011.375.389.500.889-0.5
T. Turner SS31130100.286.384.387.7716.0
R. Bautista RF-CF10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Adams LF43332001.296.397.6301.02615.0
A. Sanchez 3B10000001.214.214.286.5000.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40110011.186.245.373.6181.5
H. Kendrick 2B41100011.286.315.495.8113.5
M. Taylor CF40000031.214.283.369.652-1.5
S. Solis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Torres P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Wieters C40000001.200.333.400.7330.0
M. Scherzer P32110000.263.263.263.5264.0
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a- M. Sierra PH-RF10000000.205.229.250.4790.0
W. Difo 3B-SS23211200.253.352.333.68611.0
  • a-grounded out for Suero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (6), F. Cervelli (5), C. Moran (6), J. Mercer (10)
  • HR - C. Dickerson (4), M. Moroff
  • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (18), M. Moroff 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moroff 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (7)
  • HR - B. Harper (9), M. Adams 2 (5), W. Difo
  • RBI - B. Harper 3 (22), T. Turner 3 (10), M. Adams 3 (13), R. Zimmerman (14), M. Scherzer (2), W. Difo (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner 3 (7), M. Adams 2 (8), R. Zimmerman (7), M. Scherzer (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Kendrick
  • CS - T. Turner
FIELDING
  • E - C. Moran 2 (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (L, 3-2)4.24642345.011.48-1.5
T. Glasnow1.04662107.711.71-8.5
R. Rodriguez2.12000200.961.075.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (L, 3-2)4.2
T. Glasnow1.0
R. Rodriguez2.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 6-1)6.13222811.790.8225.0
W. Suero0.22000000.003.00-2.0
S. Solis1.01000204.911.553.0
C. Torres1.02221117.711.29-1.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 6-1)6.1
W. Suero0.2
S. Solis1.0
C. Torres1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 83-53, T. Glasnow 36-19, R. Rodriguez 33-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 8-4, T. Glasnow 2-0, R. Rodriguez 4-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 21, T. Glasnow 9, R. Rodriguez 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 106-71, W. Suero 15-10, S. Solis 18-13, C. Torres 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-7, S. Solis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, W. Suero 4, S. Solis 4, C. Torres 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Polanco RF30000000.192.303.423.7260.0
R. Rodriguez P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- S. Rodriguez PH10000001.152.278.348.6260.0
S. Marte CF40000020.276.354.431.785-1.0
J. Bell 1B31200100.243.307.339.6465.0
C. Dickerson LF41121012.311.354.534.8886.5
F. Cervelli C20100010.313.394.575.9691.5
b- E. Diaz PH-C20000010.455.500.6361.136-0.5
C. Moran 3B31200101.294.378.435.8135.0
J. Mercer SS40100022.247.296.351.6471.0
C. Kuhl P20000021.143.143.143.286-1.0
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  • a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Cervelli in the 7th
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B. Harper RF32131100.250.459.5541.01410.0
A. Stevenson LF10000011.375.389.500.889-0.5
T. Turner SS31130100.286.384.387.7716.0
R. Bautista RF-CF10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Adams LF43332001.296.397.6301.02615.0
A. Sanchez 3B10000001.214.214.286.5000.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40110011.186.245.373.6181.5
H. Kendrick 2B41100011.286.315.495.8113.5
M. Taylor CF40000031.214.283.369.652-1.5
S. Solis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Torres P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Wieters C40000001.200.333.400.7330.0
M. Scherzer P32110000.263.263.263.5264.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Sierra PH-RF10000000.205.229.250.4790.0
W. Difo 3B-SS23211200.253.352.333.68611.0
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  • a-grounded out for Suero in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (6), F. Cervelli (5), C. Moran (6), J. Mercer (10)
  • HR - C. Dickerson (4), M. Moroff
  • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (18), M. Moroff 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moroff 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (7)
  • HR - B. Harper (9), M. Adams 2 (5), W. Difo
  • RBI - B. Harper 3 (22), T. Turner 3 (10), M. Adams 3 (13), R. Zimmerman (14), M. Scherzer (2), W. Difo (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner 3 (7), M. Adams 2 (8), R. Zimmerman (7), M. Scherzer (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - H. Kendrick
  • CS - T. Turner
FIELDING
  • E - C. Moran 2 (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (L, 3-2)4.24642345.011.48-1.5
T. Glasnow1.04662107.711.71-8.5
R. Rodriguez2.12000200.961.075.0
Total8.0101210464---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (L, 3-2)4.2
T. Glasnow1.0
R. Rodriguez2.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 6-1)6.13222811.790.8225.0
W. Suero0.22000000.003.00-2.0
S. Solis1.01000204.911.553.0
C. Torres1.02221117.711.29-1.5
Total9.08443112---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 6-1)6.1
W. Suero0.2
S. Solis1.0
C. Torres1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 83-53, T. Glasnow 36-19, R. Rodriguez 33-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 8-4, T. Glasnow 2-0, R. Rodriguez 4-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 21, T. Glasnow 9, R. Rodriguez 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 106-71, W. Suero 15-10, S. Solis 18-13, C. Torres 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-7, S. Solis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, W. Suero 4, S. Solis 4, C. Torres 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Moroff homered to right center, Moran scored412
  • 7TH INNING
    Dickerson homered to right, Bell scored212
  • 6TH INNING
    Zimmerman singled to shallow right, Adams scored012
    Adams singled to shallow center, Turner scored011
    Turner doubled to left center, Scherzer, Difo and Harper scored010
    Scherzer singled to shallow left, Kendrick scored07
  • 5TH INNING
    Adams homered to center06
    Harper homered to left center, Scherzer and Difo scored05
  • 4TH INNING
    Adams homered to right02
  • 3RD INNING
    Difo homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carlos Torres relieved Sammy Solis
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moran doubled to right
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer flied out to left
    • M. Moroff: Moroff homered to right center, Moran scored
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
    • Sean Rodriguez hit for Richard Rodriguez
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Frazier to second on fielder's indifference, Rodriguez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Sammy Solis pitching
    • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell doubled to left
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Rafael Bautista in center
    • A. Sanchez: Adrian Sanchez facing Richard Rodriguez
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo singled to shallow right
    • A. Stevenson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • R. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Bautista fouled out to second
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Andrew Stevenson in left
    • Adrian Sanchez at third
    • Rafael Bautista in right
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson homered to right, Bell scored
    • Elias Diaz hit for Francisco Cervelli
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • Wander Suero relieved Max Scherzer
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Moran singled to left
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer doubled to left, Moran to third
    • M. Moroff: Foul, Ball, Ball, Moroff popped out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • R. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters grounded out to pitcher
    • Moises Sierra hit for Wander Suero
    • M. Sierra: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sierra grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Frazier struck out on foul tip
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco popped out to second
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Kendrick singled to left center
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Taylor struck out on foul tip, Kendrick stole second
    • M. Wieters: Wieters grounded out to right, Kendrick to third
    • M. Scherzer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Scherzer singled to shallow left, Kendrick scored
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Difo walked, Scherzer to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Harper walked, Scherzer to third, Difo to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner doubled to left center, Scherzer, Difo and Harper scored
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Adams singled to shallow center, Turner scored
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • Max Moroff at second
    • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Adams to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Zimmerman singled to shallow right, Adams scored
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kendrick grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Zimmerman out at second
    • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Cervelli struck out on foul tip
    • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • C. Kuhl: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kuhl struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Foul, Wieters lined out to left
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Scherzer safe at first on 3rd baseman Moran fielding error
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Difo walked, Scherzer to second
    • B. Harper: Harper homered to left center, Scherzer and Difo scored
    • T. Turner: Turner flied out to center
    • M. Adams: Adams homered to center
    • Tyler Glasnow relieved Chad Kuhl
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Marte flied out to deep right
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Bell singled to shallow center
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams homered to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Zimmerman grounded out to pitcher
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • C. Kuhl: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kuhl struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Scherzer grounded out to third
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Difo homered to right center
    • B. Harper: Harper flied out to deep left
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Foul, Turner safe at first on 3rd baseman Moran fielding error
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell lined out to left
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dickerson flied out to left
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli doubled to deep left
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick lined out to center
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wieters grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco popped out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Harper grounded out to first
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • M. Adams: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adams grounded out to second, Turner to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)