Harper, Zimmerman HRs send Nats past Braves 8-3 in 1st game

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper is on a roll, Max Scherzer is no longer the lone effective starting pitcher and a former World Series winner has been welcomed into the bullpen.

After sputtering for much of the season, the Washington Nationals appear ready to make a serious move in the NL East.

Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive homers to spark a four-run fourth inning, and the surging Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Tuesday in the opener of a split doubleheader.

Washington has won nine of 12 - outscoring the opposition 84-38 - to move four games over .500 (58-54) for the first time since June 29. The Nationals are chasing first-place Philadelphia and Atlanta in the NL East.

''We've been playing really well,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''We're swinging the bats a lot better. We starting to drive in runs not only just by hitting home runs, but by (using) the whole field and getting big hits.''

Zimmerman went 3 for 5 and Harper had two hits and two RBIs. In his last eight games, Harper is 13 for 28 with two homers and eight RBIs.

Rookie right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one run and three hits in five innings to earn his first major victory. He also got his first big league hit and scored a run.

Maybe this streaky play is contagious. Greg Holland, who went 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA with St. Louis, struck out the side during a scoreless seventh inning in his Nationals debut.

Holland, who starred for Kansas City in the 2014 World Series, was signed Tuesday morning as a free agent.

The Braves had won five of six before running into the Washington buzz saw. Charlie Culberson homered for Atlanta, and Nick Markakis contributed two hits and an RBI.

Harper led off the fourth with his 27th home run, and Zimmerman followed a drive far over the center-field wall for a 2-1 lead. After Rodriguez doubled with two outs, Trea Turner and Juan Soto hit RBI singles.

All the damage came against 20-year-old Kolby Allard (1-1), recalled from the minors to be the 26th man in the doubleheader. Starter Max Fried was struck in the lower back by a line drive in the second inning and removed with a left groin strain.

''It was a freak thing. I saw the ball come at me and I just tried to make a quick movement,'' Fried said. ''It's just unfortunate and frustrating.''

Not what the Braves needed, especially with Scherzer - Washington's ace - poised to pitch the nightcap.

''He was doing fine, I thought,'' manager Brian Snitker said of Fried. ''I didn't want to take him out, not in the second inning. It's really tough.''

Washington pulled away with a four-run sixth. After Anthony Rendon delivered a sacrifice fly, Harper singled in a run and Zimmerman hit a two-run double.

The game was the makeup of a rainout on July 21.

TRAPPED

The weirdest play of the game came in the third inning, when Soto hit a liner to center with Turner on first base. Center fielder Ender Inciarte leaped at the wall, and the ball appeared to bounce from his glove into the mitt of left fielder Adam Duvall. Turner scampered back to first. After a replay, it was determined that Inciarte trapped the ball against the wall and Soto was called out for passing Turner on the basepath.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Fried's injury occurred on the final play of the second inning. He was replaced by pinch-hitter Kevin Gausman, a pitcher whose career batting average is .000. Gausman was hit by a pitch.

UP NEXT

Braves: Atlanta planned to start Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.23 ERA) in the second game.

Nationals: Scherzer (15-5, 2.33 ERA) was seeking to win his sixth straight start.

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  • W: J. Rodriguez (1-1)L: K. Allard (1-1)
  • HR: ATL - C. Culberson (7), WAS - R. Zimmerman (7), B. Harper (27)
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C. Culberson LF11111000.279.327.467.7946.0
J. Camargo 3B40110001.253.339.448.7872.0
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  • a-walked for Fried in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Allard in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Rendon 3B40110015.287.345.513.8581.5
B. Harper RF52221022.236.380.501.8828.0
R. Zimmerman 1B51331012.238.304.463.76711.5
D. Murphy 2B30000001.288.340.424.7640.0
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M. Taylor CF40000003.239.303.370.6740.0
S. Kieboom C22000200.205.298.247.5444.0
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W. Difo 2B10000100.246.304.350.6541.0
  • a-was walked intentionally for Miller in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Solis in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (33)
  • HR - C. Culberson (6)
  • RBI - N. Markakis (69), C. Culberson (28), J. Camargo (50)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (18), R. Zimmerman 2 (8), J. Rodriguez
  • HR - B. Harper (27), R. Zimmerman (7)
  • SF - A. Rendon (5)
  • RBI - T. Turner (48), J. Soto (38), A. Rendon (56), B. Harper 2 (70), R. Zimmerman 3 (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (27), J. Soto (19), B. Harper (23), R. Zimmerman 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (31)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Turner-Zimmerman)
  • E - A. Rendon (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried2.01001203.141.365.0
K. Allard (L, 1-1)2.074411210.292.71-10.5
J. Venters1.01000003.001.112.0
S. Carle1.02444003.151.25-7.0
L. Jackson2.01001303.911.265.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried2.0
K. Allard (L, 1-1)2.0
J. Venters1.0
S. Carle1.0
L. Jackson2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)5.03111305.841.5018.5
M. Grace (H, 3)0.12110002.811.13-3.0
J. Miller (H, 4)0.20000003.481.040.0
G. Holland1.00001307.622.193.5
S. Solis1.01000004.641.362.0
W. Suero1.01110213.201.032.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)5.0
M. Grace (H, 3)0.1
J. Miller (H, 4)0.2
G. Holland1.0
S. Solis1.0
W. Suero1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Carle 2 (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 42-25, K. Allard 43-27, J. Venters 11-6, S. Carle 29-13, L. Jackson 36-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 2-2, J. Venters 3-0, S. Carle 2-1, L. Jackson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 8, K. Allard 13, J. Venters 4, S. Carle 9, L. Jackson 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 64-43, M. Grace 11-6, J. Miller 9-7, G. Holland 22-12, S. Solis 5-4, W. Suero 22-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 7-5, M. Grace 1-0, S. Solis 1-1, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 19, M. Grace 3, J. Miller 2, G. Holland 4, S. Solis 3, W. Suero 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Duvall LF30000013.204.285.392.677-0.5
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  • a-walked for Fried in the 3rd
  • b-grounded out for Allard in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS51310001.271.342.417.7598.0
J. Soto LF21210301.316.435.560.9947.0
A. Rendon 3B40110015.287.345.513.8581.5
B. Harper RF52221022.236.380.501.8828.0
R. Zimmerman 1B51331012.238.304.463.76711.5
D. Murphy 2B30000001.288.340.424.7640.0
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M. Taylor CF40000003.239.303.370.6740.0
S. Kieboom C22000200.205.298.247.5444.0
J. Rodriguez P21100010.125.125.250.3752.5
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  • a-was walked intentionally for Miller in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Solis in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (33)
  • HR - C. Culberson (6)
  • RBI - N. Markakis (69), C. Culberson (28), J. Camargo (50)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (18), R. Zimmerman 2 (8), J. Rodriguez
  • HR - B. Harper (27), R. Zimmerman (7)
  • SF - A. Rendon (5)
  • RBI - T. Turner (48), J. Soto (38), A. Rendon (56), B. Harper 2 (70), R. Zimmerman 3 (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (27), J. Soto (19), B. Harper (23), R. Zimmerman 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (31)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Turner-Zimmerman)
  • E - A. Rendon (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried2.01001203.141.365.0
K. Allard (L, 1-1)2.074411210.292.71-10.5
J. Venters1.01000003.001.112.0
S. Carle1.02444003.151.25-7.0
L. Jackson2.01001303.911.265.5
Total8.01288762---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried2.0
K. Allard (L, 1-1)2.0
J. Venters1.0
S. Carle1.0
L. Jackson2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)5.03111305.841.5018.5
M. Grace (H, 3)0.12110002.811.13-3.0
J. Miller (H, 4)0.20000003.481.040.0
G. Holland1.00001307.622.193.5
S. Solis1.01000004.641.362.0
W. Suero1.01110213.201.032.0
Total9.0733281---
PITCHERSIP
J. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)5.0
M. Grace (H, 3)0.1
J. Miller (H, 4)0.2
G. Holland1.0
S. Solis1.0
W. Suero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Carle 2 (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 42-25, K. Allard 43-27, J. Venters 11-6, S. Carle 29-13, L. Jackson 36-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 2-2, J. Venters 3-0, S. Carle 2-1, L. Jackson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 8, K. Allard 13, J. Venters 4, S. Carle 9, L. Jackson 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 64-43, M. Grace 11-6, J. Miller 9-7, G. Holland 22-12, S. Solis 5-4, W. Suero 22-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 7-5, M. Grace 1-0, S. Solis 1-1, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 19, M. Grace 3, J. Miller 2, G. Holland 4, S. Solis 3, W. Suero 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Culberson homered to left38
  • 6TH INNING
    Zimmerman doubled to deep left, Soto and Harper scored28
    Harper singled to left, Turner scored, Soto to second26
    Rendon hit sacrifice fly to right, Kieboom scored, Turner to third25
    Markakis singled to shallow center, Albies scored24
  • 4TH INNING
    Soto singled to center, Rodriguez scored, Turner to second14
    Turner singled to left, Kieboom scored, Rodriguez to third13
    Zimmerman homered to center12
    Harper homered to right11
    Camargo singled to shallow left, Freeman scored, Markakis to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Foul, Culberson homered to left
    • J. Camargo: Camargo flied out to center
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Swanson safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon throwing error, Swanson to second
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Sammy Solis relieved Greg Holland
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Albies out at second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Markakis lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Jackson Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman flied out to center
    • Adam Eaton hit for Sammy Solis
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Greg Holland pitching
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Jackson pitching
    • Charlie Culberson in left field
    • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kieboom grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Difo lined out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Turner doubled to deep left
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Matt Grace relieved Jefry Rodriguez
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies doubled to deep left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second, Albies to third
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis singled to shallow center, Albies scored
    • Wilmer Difo at second base
    • Justin Miller pitching
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Foul, Duvall flied out to deep left
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Camargo lined out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ronald Acuna in left field
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kieboom walked
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Difo walked, Kieboom to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kieboom to third, Difo out at second
    • J. Soto: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner stole second, Ball, Soto intentionally walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon hit sacrifice fly to right, Kieboom scored, Turner to third
    • B. Harper: Harper singled to left, Turner scored, Soto to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman doubled to deep left, Soto and Harper scored
    • Matt Adams hit for Justin Miller
    • M. Adams: Adams intentionally walked
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Swanson flied out to center
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Kolby Allard
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Flaherty grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jonny Venters pitching
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harper grounded out to first
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman doubled to left center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy grounded out to second, Zimmerman to third
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Albies flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to left center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Markakis singled to left, Freeman to second
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Camargo singled to shallow left, Freeman scored, Markakis to second
    • T. Flowers: Flowers lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Allard Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper homered to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman homered to center
    • D. Murphy: Murphy flied out to left
    • M. Taylor: Taylor flied out to deep center
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kieboom walked
    • J. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez doubled to left, Kieboom to third
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner singled to left, Kieboom scored, Rodriguez to third
    • J. Soto: Soto singled to center, Rodriguez scored, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 7 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Kevin Gausman hit for Max Fried
    • K. Gausman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gausman hit by pitch
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kolby Allard pitching
    • J. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner singled to right
    • J. Soto: Soto singled to deep center, Soto out at second
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Duvall flied out to deep left
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Camargo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy grounded out to first
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor flied out to deep right
    • S. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kieboom lined out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner lined out to center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon singled to center, Soto to second
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)