Soto's 2-run double carries Nationals past Orioles 4-2

WASHINGTON (AP) A teenager among men, Juan Soto has impressed his teammates on the Washington Nationals with his maturity and, even more so, his potent bat.

Soto hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, and Washington beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday night in the deciding matchup of a three-game interleague series between neighboring rivals.

Soto, a 19-year-old rookie, is batting .326 with 16 RBIs in 28 games. Starting in the cleanup spot for the first time, he drew a walk and delivered the game's pivotal hit.

''I think we're all amazed every single day,'' Washington ace Max Scherzer said. ''He puts together great ABs. He has antics and has some flair. He's a great young player. He's just enjoying himself.''

Bryce Harper led off the eighth with a double off Mychal Givens (0-4) and Trea Turner followed with a single. After Anthony Rendon struck out, Soto hit a liner into the gap in left-center.

''He's got unbelievable poise,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of Soto. ''No matter what the situation is, he goes out there with a game plan.''

Whatever that plan is, it's effective.

''I just try to be focused and keep working,'' Soto said.

Rendon homered for the Nationals, who received seven strong innings from Scherzer and flawless work from their bullpen.

Newcomer Kelvin Herrera (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Sean Doolittle got three straight outs for his 20th save in 21 tries.

Seeking to end a rare run of two straight losses, Scherzer left a tied game after allowing two runs - both on solo homers - and striking out nine.

Afterward, the right-hander heaped praise upon Soto for the manner in which he's adapted to playing in the big leagues.

''He has a great feel for the strike zone,'' Scherzer said. ''To have that type of eye, it's remarkable for him to be able to do that at this time and this age and this level.''

Activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, Colby Rasmus homered for the Orioles in his first at-bat since April 6.

''Me and Max, we go way back, so I felt real good,'' said Rasmus, who had been sidelined with a hip injury.

In addition, Rasmus made an outstanding throw from right field to the plate, nailing Wilmer Difo on a tag-up play in the seventh inning with the score tied.

Mark Trumbo also homered for Baltimore, his sixth of the season and third in four games.

Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman gave up two runs and four hits over six innings. The right-hander was lifted with the score tied, leaving him winless in his last seven starts.

WALK THIS WAY

Martinez put Harper in the leadoff spot for the first time since May for this reason: ''The thinking is if he's hitting up top, he'll start taking his walks again and it will get him going.'' It worked. Harper walked twice.

DAVIS COMEBACK

Struggling Orioles slugger Chris Davis will start Friday night in Atlanta, manager Buck Showalter said. Davis hasn't played since June 11, when an 0-for-5 outing against Boston dropped his batting average to .150. Since then, he's been working on his swing and mental approach in an effort to turn around his unproductive season.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

In addition to activating Rasmus from the DL, the Orioles optioned OF Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk and moved LHP Richard Bleier (latissimus tear) to the 60-day DL. Also, DH Pedro Alvarez cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Norfolk.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) will next pitch for Class A Delmarva after allowing three runs in two innings for lower Class A Aberdeen on Wednesday night.

Nationals: RHP Brandon Kintzler (flexor strain) is close to coming off the DL. Martinez hopes the reliever can pitch an inning on a rehabilitation assignment before being is activated. ... Martinez said RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right hamstring strain) will soon go on a rehab assignment and pitch five or six innings.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-9, 7.14 ERA) helps Baltimore open a three-game series on the road Friday night against the Braves, who lead the NL East.

Nationals: Tanner Roark (3-7, 3.87) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game set against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, who entered play Thursday in a second-place tie with Washington.

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  • W: K. Herrera (2-1)L: M. Givens (0-4)S: S. Doolittle (20)
  • HR: BAL - M. Trumbo (6), C. Rasmus (1), WAS - A. Rendon (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Peterson LF40200010.209.328.348.6762.5
A. Jones CF40000002.292.316.454.7690.0
M. Machado SS40100012.304.369.554.9231.5
M. Trumbo 1B41111022.262.317.450.7665.0
J. Schoop 2B40000011.209.257.363.619-0.5
C. Rasmus RF31111010.125.192.292.4845.5
a- C. Gentry PH10000000.241.302.302.6030.0
C. Joseph C30000000.172.200.310.5100.0
S. Wilkerson 3B20000100.000.333.000.3331.0
K. Gausman P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- D. Valencia PH10000011.283.349.461.809-0.5
M. Givens P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Rasmus in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Gausman in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Harper RF11110200.213.352.469.8216.0
T. Turner SS31100102.267.350.404.7543.0
A. Rendon 3B41111024.282.357.480.8375.0
J. Soto LF30120100.326.426.5981.0245.0
M. Reynolds 1B40000012.241.291.481.772-0.5
M. Taylor CF40100001.242.308.394.7021.0
W. Difo 2B31200001.245.306.354.6605.0
P. Severino C30100001.188.285.243.5282.0
M. Scherzer P20000022.250.289.278.567-1.0
a- D. Murphy PH10000001.103.133.138.2710.0
K. Herrera P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Scherzer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Peterson (8), M. Machado (16)
  • HR - M. Trumbo (6), C. Rasmus
  • RBI - M. Trumbo (16), C. Rasmus
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (8), J. Soto (7), P. Severino (8)
  • 3B - W. Difo (4)
  • HR - A. Rendon (7)
  • SF - B. Harper (6)
  • RBI - B. Harper (45), A. Rendon (28), J. Soto 2 (16)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Rasmus
  • DP - 3 (Schoop-Trumbo; Machado-Schoop-Trumbo; Rasmus-Joseph)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman6.04224314.381.3912.5
M. Givens (L, 0-4)2.04220204.191.42-4.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman6.0
M. Givens (L, 0-4)2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer7.05221922.090.8520.5
K. Herrera (W, 2-1)1.00000000.980.7610.0
S. Doolittle (S, 20)1.00000001.650.5510.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer7.0
K. Herrera (W, 2-1)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 20)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 114-72, M. Givens 31-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 6-7, M. Givens 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 24, M. Givens 9
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Scherzer (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 102-72, K. Herrera 13-9, S. Doolittle 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-7, K. Herrera 1-2, S. Doolittle 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, K. Herrera 3, S. Doolittle 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Peterson LF40200010.209.328.348.6762.5
A. Jones CF40000002.292.316.454.7690.0
M. Machado SS40100012.304.369.554.9231.5
M. Trumbo 1B41111022.262.317.450.7665.0
J. Schoop 2B40000011.209.257.363.619-0.5
C. Rasmus RF31111010.125.192.292.4845.5
a- C. Gentry PH10000000.241.302.302.6030.0
C. Joseph C30000000.172.200.310.5100.0
S. Wilkerson 3B20000100.000.333.000.3331.0
K. Gausman P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- D. Valencia PH10000011.283.349.461.809-0.5
M. Givens P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total322522198-----
  • a-lined out for Rasmus in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Gausman in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Harper RF11110200.213.352.469.8216.0
T. Turner SS31100102.267.350.404.7543.0
A. Rendon 3B41111024.282.357.480.8375.0
J. Soto LF30120100.326.426.5981.0245.0
M. Reynolds 1B40000012.241.291.481.772-0.5
M. Taylor CF40100001.242.308.394.7021.0
W. Difo 2B31200001.245.306.354.6605.0
P. Severino C30100001.188.285.243.5282.0
M. Scherzer P20000022.250.289.278.567-1.0
a- D. Murphy PH10000001.103.133.138.2710.0
K. Herrera P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Scherzer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Peterson (8), M. Machado (16)
  • HR - M. Trumbo (6), C. Rasmus
  • RBI - M. Trumbo (16), C. Rasmus
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (8), J. Soto (7), P. Severino (8)
  • 3B - W. Difo (4)
  • HR - A. Rendon (7)
  • SF - B. Harper (6)
  • RBI - B. Harper (45), A. Rendon (28), J. Soto 2 (16)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Rasmus
  • DP - 3 (Schoop-Trumbo; Machado-Schoop-Trumbo; Rasmus-Joseph)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman6.04224314.381.3912.5
M. Givens (L, 0-4)2.04220204.191.42-4.0
Total8.0844451---
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman6.0
M. Givens (L, 0-4)2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer7.05221922.090.8520.5
K. Herrera (W, 2-1)1.00000000.980.7610.0
S. Doolittle (S, 20)1.00000001.650.5510.0
Total9.0522192---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer7.0
K. Herrera (W, 2-1)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 20)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 114-72, M. Givens 31-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 6-7, M. Givens 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 24, M. Givens 9
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Scherzer (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 102-72, K. Herrera 13-9, S. Doolittle 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-7, K. Herrera 1-2, S. Doolittle 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, K. Herrera 3, S. Doolittle 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Soto doubled to left center, Harper and Turner scored24
  • 6TH INNING
    Rendon homered to center22
  • 4TH INNING
    Trumbo homered to center21
  • 3RD INNING
    Harper hit sacrifice fly to left, Difo scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Rasmus homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Kelvin Herrera
    • M. Trumbo: Trumbo lined out to shortstop
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
    • Craig Gentry hit for Colby Rasmus
    • C. Gentry: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gentry lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kelvin Herrera pitching
    • J. Peterson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Peterson flied out to deep left
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
    • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Givens Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Harper doubled to right
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner singled to center, Harper to third
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto doubled to left center, Harper and Turner scored
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Taylor flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Rasmus: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rasmus struck out swinging
    • C. Joseph: Foul, Strike swinging, Joseph grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wilkerson walked
    • Danny Valencia hit for Kevin Gausman
    • D. Valencia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Valencia struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mychal Givens pitching
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Difo tripled to deep right
    • P. Severino: Severino grounded out to first
    • Daniel Murphy hit for Max Scherzer
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy lined into double play right to catcher, Difo out at home
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones popped out to second
    • M. Machado: Machado doubled to left center
    • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon homered to center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto grounded out to first
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Taylor lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wilkerson grounded out to second
    • K. Gausman: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gausman struck out swinging
    • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino flied out to deep right
    • M. Scherzer: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Scherzer struck out looking
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Trumbo: Trumbo homered to center
    • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Schoop lined out to shortstop
    • C. Rasmus: Rasmus flied out to deep center
    • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Joseph flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Soto out at second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor reached on an infield single to third
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Difo grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • K. Gausman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gausman struck out swinging
    • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Peterson doubled to left
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to third
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Peterson to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Machado flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Difo singled to left
    • P. Severino: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Severino doubled to deep left, Difo to third
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Harper hit sacrifice fly to left, Difo scored
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • C. Rasmus: Strike swinging, Ball, Rasmus homered to center
    • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph flied out to deep center
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Wilkerson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Soto grounded out to catcher
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds lined out to right
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Peterson: Peterson singled to right
    • A. Jones: Foul, Jones lined out to left
    • M. Machado: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Machado struck out on foul tip
    • M. Trumbo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Turner lined into double play second to first, Harper out at first
    • A. Rendon: Rendon flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)