Turner, Zimmerman HR, Nats beat Pirates 3-1 for 4-game sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) Throughout the bumpy opening weeks of the Washington Nationals' season, first-year manager Dave Martinez counseled patience and reiterated that victories would eventually materialize.

They've come this week at the expense of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Trea Turner and Ryan Zimmerman homered in the sixth inning and the Nationals beat Pittsburgh 3-1 Thursday, completing a four-game sweep and extending their winning streak to a season-high five games.

''For us to gather four or five wins in a row, it's awesome,'' Martinez said. ''I just want them to keep going, keep playing hard. That's it.''

Jeremy Hellickson and four relievers combined on a five-hitter for Washington, which won with just four hits.

Sammy Solis (1-1) retired the only batter he faced on one pitch, ending the sixth to keep the game scoreless. Sean Doolittle earned his sixth save in as many attempts, recording his first five-out save since Sept. 30, 2015, and only the second of his career.

The two-time NL East champions improved to 16-16, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since April 20. It has played the entire season without injured second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Outfielder Adam Eaton and third baseman Anthony Rendon went on the disabled list last month, providing Martinez with plenty of challenges.

''One of the things I've been most impressed with Davey about is he hasn't really changed,'' Zimmerman said. ''Obviously not the best April you want to have with wins and losses and kind of injuries and things like that. Stayed exactly the same, positive and energetic and now it's starting to kind of turn a little bit so the balls are starting to fall get some big hits when we need to.''

Trevor Williams (4-2) allowed only two runners over the first five innings. Wilmer Difo led off with a single, and after Bryce Harper flied out, Turner hit his second home run of the season.

Two batters later, Zimmerman connected for his fifth homer.

''I'm disappointed with how I gave up three runs in the sixth,'' Williams said. ''Other than that, it was just two bad pitches today. We executed some good pitches today and gave our team a chance to win.''

''Sometimes, balls just don't fall your way. We had a lot of loud outs and had a lot of guys that were making great defensive plays on their end. It was just bad bounces for us this series,'' he said.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the eighth against Ryan Madson on a hit batter, a single and an error. Doolittle entered and got Gregory Polanco on an RBI grounder and retired Starling Marte on a flyball.

The Pirates scored only 10 runs during the series. They were 3 for 22 with runners in scoring position over the four games, including 0 for 5 on Thursday.

''We didn't get on base very often,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We only had a handful of times where we had two runners on base in the four games. Then when the opportunities presented themselves, we weren't able to shoot that ball in the gap. We weren't able to get that big swing.''

Hellickson pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, retiring 13 in a row before yielding a two-out single in the sixth to Adam Frazier. That ended the right-hander's day, as manager Martinez was unwilling to permit Hellickson to venture too deep into Pittsburgh's lineup for a third time.

Hellickson struck out four and allowed three hits. He has not gotten a victory since Aug. 25 when he was with Baltimore, a span of nine starts.

DIFO'S BIG SERIES

Difo was 7 of 12 in the series with a homer, four walks and three RBIs. He had three multihit games against the Pirates, matching his total from his first 26 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Rendon (bruised toe) will serve as the designated hitter Thursday night as he starts a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Potomac.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Nick Kingham (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his major league debut Sunday against St. Louis, gets another turn in the rotation Friday as Pittsburgh begins a three-game series in Milwaukee.

Nationals: Washington's homestand continues as Philadelphia arrives for a three-game series. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.67) starts Friday and is 10-7 with a 2.69 ERA in 23 career starts against the Phillies.

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  • W: S. Solis (1-1)L: T. Williams (4-2)S: S. Doolittle (6)
  • HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman (5), T. Turner (2)
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  • a-singled for Feliz in the 8th
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M. Adams LF40000001.295.403.6391.0420.0
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  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Polanco (8)
  • RBI - G. Polanco (17)
BATTING
  • HR - T. Turner (2), R. Zimmerman (5)
  • SH - J. Hellickson
  • RBI - T. Turner 2 (12), R. Zimmerman (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (8)
FIELDING
  • E - H. Kendrick (5)
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T. Williams (L, 4-2)5.24331322.631.103.5
E. Santana0.10000004.381.140.0
M. Feliz1.00000103.461.153.5
G. Kontos1.00001003.211.212.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 4-2)5.2
E. Santana0.1
M. Feliz1.0
G. Kontos1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson5.23000403.001.0514.0
S. Solis (W, 1-1)0.10000004.631.467.0
B. Kintzler (H, 7)1.01000003.941.192.0
R. Madson (H, 5)0.11100105.651.74-0.5
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.20000001.840.4810.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson5.2
S. Solis (W, 1-1)0.1
B. Kintzler (H, 7)1.0
R. Madson (H, 5)0.1
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 90-53, E. Santana 3-1, M. Feliz 14-7, G. Kontos 21-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 9-5, M. Feliz 1-1, G. Kontos 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, E. Santana, M. Feliz 3, G. Kontos 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Madson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 61-44, S. Solis 1-1, B. Kintzler 15-10, R. Madson 16-10, S. Doolittle 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-5, R. Madson 1-0, S. Doolittle 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 19, S. Solis, B. Kintzler 4, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte CF40000013.276.355.423.778-0.5
D. Freese 1B-3B40100011.261.340.435.7740.5
C. Dickerson LF40100001.315.355.523.8781.0
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C. Moran 3B21000000.287.376.425.8022.0
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  • a-singled for Feliz in the 8th
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B. Harper RF40000014.257.451.5741.026-0.5
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M. Adams LF40000001.295.403.6391.0420.0
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H. Kendrick 2B30000010.292.319.496.815-0.5
M. Taylor CF30000010.207.273.351.624-0.5
M. Wieters C30100000.208.333.396.7291.0
J. Hellickson P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Difo 3B11100200.275.379.363.7414.0
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  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Polanco (8)
  • RBI - G. Polanco (17)
BATTING
  • HR - T. Turner (2), R. Zimmerman (5)
  • SH - J. Hellickson
  • RBI - T. Turner 2 (12), R. Zimmerman (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (8)
FIELDING
  • E - H. Kendrick (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (L, 4-2)5.24331322.631.103.5
E. Santana0.10000004.381.140.0
M. Feliz1.00000103.461.153.5
G. Kontos1.00001003.211.212.0
Total8.0433242---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 4-2)5.2
E. Santana0.1
M. Feliz1.0
G. Kontos1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson5.23000403.001.0514.0
S. Solis (W, 1-1)0.10000004.631.467.0
B. Kintzler (H, 7)1.01000003.941.192.0
R. Madson (H, 5)0.11100105.651.74-0.5
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.20000001.840.4810.0
Total9.0510050---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson5.2
S. Solis (W, 1-1)0.1
B. Kintzler (H, 7)1.0
R. Madson (H, 5)0.1
S. Doolittle (S, 6)1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 90-53, E. Santana 3-1, M. Feliz 14-7, G. Kontos 21-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 9-5, M. Feliz 1-1, G. Kontos 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, E. Santana, M. Feliz 3, G. Kontos 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Madson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 61-44, S. Solis 1-1, B. Kintzler 15-10, R. Madson 16-10, S. Doolittle 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-5, R. Madson 1-0, S. Doolittle 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 19, S. Solis, B. Kintzler 4, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Polanco reached on fielder's choice to second, Moran scored, Bell to third, Frazier out at second13
  • 6TH INNING
    Zimmerman homered to center03
    Turner homered to left, Difo scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Rafael Bautista in left
    • D. Freese: Ball, Freese grounded out to first
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson flied out to deep left
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz popped out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Moran hit by pitch
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • Josh Bell hit for Michael Feliz
    • J. Bell: Bell singled to left, Moran to second
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Frazier safe at first on 2nd baseman Kendrick fielding error, Moran to third, Bell to second
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Ryan Madson
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Polanco reached on fielder's choice to second, Moran scored, Bell to third, Frazier out at second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • George Kontos pitching
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Difo walked
    • Br. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Harper lined out to right
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner flied out to center
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Adams grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Sammy Solis
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte flied out to right
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freese singled to center
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson flied out to left
    • E. Diaz: Diaz popped out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Feliz relieved Edgar Santana
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Wieters flied out to left
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Rodriguez lined out to left
    • T. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Williams grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier singled to center
    • Sammy Solis relieved Jeremy Hellickson
    • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Polanco flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Difo singled to right
    • Br. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Harper lined out to right
    • Tr. Turner: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Turner homered to left, Difo scored
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Adams grounded out to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman homered to center
    • Edgar Santana relieved Trevor Williams
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Kendrick lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to second
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz lined out to pitcher
    • C. Moran: Moran grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Wieters fouled out to left
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hellickson grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco popped out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to third
    • D. Freese: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freese grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Adams fouled out to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • T. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike swinging, Ball, Wieters singled to center
    • J. Hellickson: Hellickson hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wieters to second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Difo walked
    • Br. Harper: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Tr. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Dickerson singled to right
    • E. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Diaz grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Dickerson out at second
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran lined out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman lined out to center
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick fouled out to first
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco doubled to deep right
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • Br. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Harper grounded out to first
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adams grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)