Braves beat Nationals 3-1 to salvage split after 8-3 defeat

WASHINGTON (AP) Not too many teams locked in a pennant race get excited about a doubleheader split.

That wasn't the case with the Atlanta Braves, who were absolutely delighted after Ender Inciarte snapped a ninth-inning tie with a two-run triple in a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

The thing is, the Braves had already lost the opener 8-3 and were going up against three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer in the latter half of the day-night doubleheader.

Seeking to win his sixth straight start, Scherzer left in a tie game and Atlanta jumped on Washington's bullpen in the ninth.

''It's huge for us, splitting today after a tough loss in the first one,'' said Charlie Culberson, who homered in each game. ''We battled, we stayed in there and Ender came up big for us with that hit in the ninth.''

Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis singled off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) before Inciarte hit a liner down the first-base line. The ball bounced off a low barrier in foul ground and momentarily eluded Bryce Harper, who had no options by the time he picked it up in right field.

That was the final pitch thrown by Herrera, who left after a visit from Washington's trainer.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Herrera's right shoulder tightened up him. The closer will have an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the damage.

Jesse Biddle (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings and A.J. Minter got three outs for his ninth save.

The defeat ended Washington's run of nine wins in 12 games. The Nationals are chasing first-place Philadelphia and Atlanta in the NL East.

''Two good teams tonight,'' Scherzer said. ''Everybody was out there grinding. It just happens that they won. Proud of everybody's effort. Doubleheader, hot day, this was good baseball.''

Scherzer gave up one run and four hits in seven innings with six strikeouts. He remains unbeaten since July 2.

Sean Newcomb allowed one run and five hits over six sharp innings for the Braves, who have won seven of nine.

The Nationals went up 1-0 in the first inning when 19-year-old Juan Soto homered on an opposite-field drive to left.

Atlanta put runners on the corners with no outs in the fourth before Scherzer deftly worked out of the jam.

But Culberson tied it in the sixth with a drive to left . Four of his seven home runs this season have come against Washington.

In the first game, Ryan Zimmerman and Trea Turner had three hits apiece and Harper added two hits and two RBIs.

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

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

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, Turner and 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.

TRAPPED

The weirdest play of Game 1 came in the third inning, when Soto hit a liner to center with Turner on first base. 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 hopes to avoid a trip to the disabled list. ''Physically, where the ball hit me I'll be fine,'' he said. ''Groin, I'm not expecting it to be a long time.''

UP NEXT

Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (8-7, 3.04 ERA) starts Wednesday night, looking for a sufficient encore to his last outing against Washington, a two-hit shutout with 11 Ks on June 1.

Nationals: LH Tommy Milone (1-0, 3.00 ERA) makes his first career start against Atlanta. He yielded four runs in two relief appearances last year.

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  • W: J. Biddle (3-0)L: K. Herrera (2-3)S: A. Minter (9)
  • HR: ATL - C. Culberson (7), WAS - J. Soto (14)
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  • a-struck out for Biddle in the 9th
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  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 3B - E. Inciarte (3)
  • HR - C. Culberson (7)
  • RBI - C. Culberson (29), E. Inciarte 2 (42)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Zimmerman (9), M. Taylor (20)
  • HR - J. Soto (14)
  • RBI - J. Soto (39)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Culberson-Swanson-Freeman; Camargo-Albies)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb6.05112613.151.2016.0
D. Winkler0.11000002.961.05-1.0
J. Biddle (W, 3-0)1.20000402.221.0712.0
A. Minter (S, 9)1.01000002.911.199.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb6.0
D. Winkler0.1
J. Biddle (W, 3-0)1.2
A. Minter (S, 9)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer7.04111612.280.9021.0
R. Madson1.00000204.321.394.0
K. Herrera (L, 2-3)0.13220002.531.22-10.0
J. Miller0.20001203.411.050.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer7.0
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera (L, 2-3)0.1
J. Miller0.2
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Minter (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 102-65, D. Winkler 6-4, J. Biddle 26-18, A. Minter 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 5-6
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 24, D. Winkler 2, J. Biddle 5, A. Minter 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Miller
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 113-83, R. Madson 12-10, K. Herrera 6-5, J. Miller 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 6-9
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 26, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 4, J. Miller 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Culberson 2B-SS41111010.279.326.478.8035.5
F. Freeman 1B31100120.315.397.521.9182.0
N. Markakis RF41200000.323.388.492.8803.0
K. Suzuki C40000014.250.317.410.727-0.5
E. Inciarte CF40220002.253.315.357.6726.0
J. Camargo 3B30100102.254.341.447.7882.0
D. Swanson SS30000022.241.296.385.681-1.0
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Biddle P0000-000.500.5001.000.000-
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S. Newcomb P20000010.057.083.086.169-0.5
O. Albies 2B20000012.277.310.497.807-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Biddle in the 9th
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T. Turner SS30000112.269.341.414.7550.5
J. Soto LF41111033.315.432.567.9994.5
A. Rendon 3B40000020.284.341.507.848-1.0
B. Harper RF40000020.234.377.496.873-1.0
R. Zimmerman 1B30300100.253.321.480.8015.0
D. Murphy 2B40000014.280.331.413.744-0.5
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M. Wieters C40100003.198.292.317.6091.0
M. Scherzer P20100001.300.340.320.6601.0
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  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 3B - E. Inciarte (3)
  • HR - C. Culberson (7)
  • RBI - C. Culberson (29), E. Inciarte 2 (42)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Zimmerman (9), M. Taylor (20)
  • HR - J. Soto (14)
  • RBI - J. Soto (39)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Culberson-Swanson-Freeman; Camargo-Albies)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb6.05112613.151.2016.0
D. Winkler0.11000002.961.05-1.0
J. Biddle (W, 3-0)1.20000402.221.0712.0
A. Minter (S, 9)1.01000002.911.199.0
Total9.07112101---
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb6.0
D. Winkler0.1
J. Biddle (W, 3-0)1.2
A. Minter (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer7.04111612.280.9021.0
R. Madson1.00000204.321.394.0
K. Herrera (L, 2-3)0.13220002.531.22-10.0
J. Miller0.20001203.411.050.0
Total9.07332101---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer7.0
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera (L, 2-3)0.1
J. Miller0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Minter (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 102-65, D. Winkler 6-4, J. Biddle 26-18, A. Minter 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 5-6
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 24, D. Winkler 2, J. Biddle 5, A. Minter 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Miller
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 113-83, R. Madson 12-10, K. Herrera 6-5, J. Miller 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 6-9
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 26, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 4, J. Miller 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Inciarte tripled to right, Freeman and Markakis scored31
  • 6TH INNING
    Culberson homered to left11
  • 1ST INNING
    Soto homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kelvin Herrera relieved Ryan Madson
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to left
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Markakis singled to left, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki lined out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte tripled to right, Freeman and Markakis scored
    • Justin Miller relieved Kelvin Herrera
    • J. Camargo: Camargo intentionally walked
    • Adam Duvall hit for Jesse Biddle
    • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Zimmerman doubled to deep left
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy fouled out to shortstop
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor hit by pitch
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wieters lined into double play third to second, Zimmerman out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Albies flied out to center
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Biddle Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ozzie Albies at second base
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • M. Taylor: Taylor flied out to right
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wieters singled to shallow left
    • Matt Adams hit for Max Scherzer
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Dan Winkler
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson homered to left
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis lined out to third
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Suzuki flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Rendon struck out on foul tip
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Harper flied out to left
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Zimmerman singled to shallow center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Murphy flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Newcomb grounded out to second
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Acuna popped out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor doubled to right
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Wieters grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer popped out to first
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Markakis singled to center, Freeman to third
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Inciarte popped out to second
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Camargo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rendon flied out to deep center
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman singled to left
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Newcomb struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Acuna lined out to center
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Culberson flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Wieters flied out to left
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Scherzer singled to right
    • T. Turner: Foul, Foul, Turner reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Scherzer out at second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki popped out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte singled to right
    • J. Camargo: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Camargo singled to left, Inciarte to third
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman walked
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Zimmerman out at second
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna grounded out to third
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Foul, Culberson lined out to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Freeman struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to deep center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Soto homered to left
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Harper grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)