Soroka silences Nationals' bats in 5-0 Braves win

WASHINGTON (AP) Nick Markakis didn't show any rust in his return from the injured list.

Markakis went 2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly, Mike Soroka allowed one hit over six innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Friday night.

Atlanta moved 9 1/2 games in front of Washington in the NL East and reduced its magic number to six.

''I was just up there trying to get comfortable again,'' sad Markakis, who missed 43 games with a fractured wrist.

''Your first game back after seven weeks against a pitcher like (Max Scherzer) is not the easiest feat, so I was pleased. I didn't see as many pitches as I would like to but when I did see my pitch, I tried not to miss it.''

Playing left field for the first time this season with lefty Matt Joyce in right against Scherzer, Markakis also made a sliding catch to take a hit away from Victor Robles.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was lifted for precautionary reasons in the fourth inning with right elbow soreness after aggravating a bone spur while diving for a ground ball.

''I've had it. I've felt it. I've played through it,'' Freeman said of the spur. ''Just today it was kind of a little bit more than I expected. Now it's calmed completely down so I'm hoping that I'll wake up and be able to play tomorrow.''

After giving up four runs on seven hits while losing to the Nationals and Scherzer Sunday in Atlanta, Soroka (12-4) bounced back.

''Anytime you get a chance for a rematch after an outing didn't go your way the first time, I think you have a little more incentive and a little more giddy-up the second time around,'' Soroka said.

Soroka, who struck out four and walked three, didn't allow a hit until Adam Eaton's leadoff double in the fourth.

Scherzer (10-6) gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings. Since returning from a trip to the injured list with a mid-back strain, he's 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA in five starts.

''It's new but there's no excuses in this league,'' Scherzer said of working his way back. ''You've got to post, and you've got to go out there with everything you've got and you've got to execute. Everything's on the line every single time you take the mound, so this is Major League baseball.''

Atlanta has won 10 of its past 14 games against Washington, which leads the NL wild card race.

Washington's Juan Soto had a double and walked twice. Anthony Rendon went 0 for 4, ending his 27-game on-base streak.

Markakis doubled with one out in the fourth. Joyce singled him home and later scored on Dansby Swanson's double.

''It's pretty amazing with not really any at-bats - he had one little simulation game - he goes out there and hits missiles all over the yard,'' Freeman said of Markakis.

With one out in the fifth, Markakis flied to the warning track, scoring Ronald Acuna Jr.

Albies led off the seventh with his 23rd homer.

BYE-BYE BOGAR

Nationals first-base coach Tim Bogar was ejected for arguing a check swing call on Howie Kendrick in the eighth inning. ''You usually don't see that from Tim,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''He just got a little irritated. He didn't think (Kendrick) swung, (first base umpire) Tim (Timmons) said he did. More so, Tim's trying to keep Howie in the game, because Howie said something, so he defended him.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: INF John Camargo was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shin fracture. Manager Brian Snitker said Camargo could return before the season ends.

Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki (right elbow inflammation) may start swinging a bat by the end of the weekend, Martinez said. ... 1B Matt Adams, who left Thursday's game at Minnesota after hurting his left triceps, was being evaluated by team doctors.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (6-5, 5.00 ERA) allowed eight runs on eight hits over four innings in a no-decision June 22 at Washington.

Nationals: RHP Austin Voth (1-1, 4.00) is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, 13 strikeouts and two walks in two starts against Atlanta this season.

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  • W: M. Soroka (12-4)L: M. Scherzer (10-6)
  • HR: ATL - O. Albies (23)
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O. Albies 2B41311110.293.352.501.8538.5
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C. Culberson 1B30000025.259.294.437.731-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B40200101.263.386.539.9253.0
N. Markakis LF41210002.286.359.432.7915.0
M. Joyce RF32210112.295.405.474.8795.5
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T. Flowers C50000025.230.319.425.744-1.0
D. Swanson SS30110112.252.324.437.7613.5
M. Soroka P20000113.080.148.080.2280.5
C. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Ortega PH-RF10110000.197.269.282.5513.0
  • a-popped out for Greene in the 9th
  • b-doubled for Martin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40000001.296.354.478.8320.0
A. Eaton RF40100010.284.370.441.8111.5
A. Rendon 3B40000011.332.415.6261.041-0.5
J. Soto LF20100200.297.407.580.9874.0
A. Cabrera 2B30000113.256.338.434.7720.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30000004.248.306.434.7410.0
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Robles CF30100001.249.322.427.7492.0
Y. Gomes C30000011.210.310.362.671-0.5
M. Scherzer P10000010.176.176.176.353-0.5
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T. Rainey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Kendrick 1B10000001.330.380.547.9260.0
  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (23), D. Swanson (24), R. Ortega (3)
  • HR - O. Albies (23)
  • SF - N. Markakis (6)
  • RBI - O. Albies (79), N. Markakis (56), M. Joyce (22), D. Swanson (62), R. Ortega (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, C. Culberson 2 (20), J. Donaldson, M. Joyce (16), T. Flowers (23), M. Soroka 2 (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (24), J. Soto (29), V. Robles (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner (29), A. Cabrera (54), R. Zimmerman 2 (22), V. Robles (53)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Donaldson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Zimmerman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 12-4)6.01003402.571.0926.0
C. Martin1.00000003.541.033.0
S. Greene1.01000002.160.992.0
J. Blevins1.01000203.681.303.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 12-4)6.0
C. Martin1.0
S. Greene1.0
J. Blevins1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 10-6)5.07332602.651.031.0
T. Rainey2.02111214.611.593.0
H. Strickland0.12111005.211.26-4.0
J. Guerra1.21001304.551.232.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 10-6)5.0
T. Rainey2.0
H. Strickland0.1
J. Guerra1.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 94-57, C. Martin 12-7, S. Greene 14-9, J. Blevins 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 6-7, C. Martin 1-2, S. Greene 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 21, C. Martin 3, S. Greene 4, J. Blevins 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Guerra (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 99-63, T. Rainey 26-17, H. Strickland 21-11, J. Guerra 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 2-7, T. Rainey 3-0, H. Strickland 1-0, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, T. Rainey 8, H. Strickland 4, J. Guerra 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF51100023.280.365.514.8791.0
O. Albies 2B41311110.293.352.501.8538.5
F. Freeman 1B20000011.302.392.566.958-0.5
C. Culberson 1B30000025.259.294.437.731-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B40200101.263.386.539.9253.0
N. Markakis LF41210002.286.359.432.7915.0
M. Joyce RF32210112.295.405.474.8795.5
S. Greene P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Duvall PH10000001.253.317.527.8440.0
J. Blevins P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Flowers C50000025.230.319.425.744-1.0
D. Swanson SS30110112.252.324.437.7613.5
M. Soroka P20000113.080.148.080.2280.5
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Total375125151125-----
  • a-popped out for Greene in the 9th
  • b-doubled for Martin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40000001.296.354.478.8320.0
A. Eaton RF40100010.284.370.441.8111.5
A. Rendon 3B40000011.332.415.6261.041-0.5
J. Soto LF20100200.297.407.580.9874.0
A. Cabrera 2B30000113.256.338.434.7720.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30000004.248.306.434.7410.0
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Robles CF30100001.249.322.427.7492.0
Y. Gomes C30000011.210.310.362.671-0.5
M. Scherzer P10000010.176.176.176.353-0.5
a- A. Stevenson PH10000010.333.467.375.842-0.5
T. Rainey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Kendrick 1B10000001.330.380.547.9260.0
Total2903003612-----
  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (23), D. Swanson (24), R. Ortega (3)
  • HR - O. Albies (23)
  • SF - N. Markakis (6)
  • RBI - O. Albies (79), N. Markakis (56), M. Joyce (22), D. Swanson (62), R. Ortega (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, C. Culberson 2 (20), J. Donaldson, M. Joyce (16), T. Flowers (23), M. Soroka 2 (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (24), J. Soto (29), V. Robles (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner (29), A. Cabrera (54), R. Zimmerman 2 (22), V. Robles (53)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Donaldson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Zimmerman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 12-4)6.01003402.571.0926.0
C. Martin1.00000003.541.033.0
S. Greene1.01000002.160.992.0
J. Blevins1.01000203.681.303.0
Total9.0300360---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 12-4)6.0
C. Martin1.0
S. Greene1.0
J. Blevins1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 10-6)5.07332602.651.031.0
T. Rainey2.02111214.611.593.0
H. Strickland0.12111005.211.26-4.0
J. Guerra1.21001304.551.232.5
Total9.012555111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 10-6)5.0
T. Rainey2.0
H. Strickland0.1
J. Guerra1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 94-57, C. Martin 12-7, S. Greene 14-9, J. Blevins 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 6-7, C. Martin 1-2, S. Greene 3-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 21, C. Martin 3, S. Greene 4, J. Blevins 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Guerra (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 99-63, T. Rainey 26-17, H. Strickland 21-11, J. Guerra 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 2-7, T. Rainey 3-0, H. Strickland 1-0, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, T. Rainey 8, H. Strickland 4, J. Guerra 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Ortega doubled to deep right, Joyce scored, Swanson to third50
  • 7TH INNING
    Albies homered to right center40
  • 5TH INNING
    Markakis hit sacrifice fly to center, Acuna scored, Culberson to third30
  • 4TH INNING
    Swanson doubled to deep right center, Joyce scored20
    Joyce singled to right center, Markakis scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Donaldson singled to right center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to first, Donaldson to second
    • Adam Duvall hit for Shane Greene
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Foul, Duvall popped out to third
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jerry Blevins pitching
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon fouled out to third
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto doubled to left center
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Tanner Rainey
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Joyce singled to left
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Flowers grounded out to shortstop, Joyce to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Swanson walked
    • Rafael Ortega hit for Chris Martin
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ortega doubled to deep right, Joyce scored, Swanson to third
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • Howie Kendrick at first base
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies intentionally walked
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Shane Greene pitching
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Robles doubled to left
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes grounded out to third
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick grounded out to first, Robles to third
    • Tr. Turner: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Rainey Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies homered to right center
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson singled to shallow right
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded into double play shortstop to first, Donaldson out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Martin relieved Mike Soroka
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto flied out to deep left
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Tanner Rainey pitching
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Flowers grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swanson grounded out to third
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soroka walked
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Eaton lined out to right
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Acuna singled to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Albies singled to left, Acuna to second
    • C. Culberson: Culberson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Acuna to third, Albies out at second
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Donaldson walked, Culberson to second
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Strike looking, Markakis hit sacrifice fly to center, Acuna scored, Culberson to third
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Robles flied out to left
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Max Scherzer
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Stevenson struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Donaldson lined out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis doubled to deep center
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Joyce singled to right center, Markakis scored
    • T. Flowers: Flowers flied out to deep center
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Swanson doubled to deep right center, Joyce scored
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Foul, Soroka grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Charlie Culberson at first base
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton doubled to deep right center
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon flied out to left
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher, Eaton to third, Soto to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna flied out to center
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Albies struck out on foul tip
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Gomes grounded out to first
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Scherzer struck out looking
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to center
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked, Markakis to second
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • M. Soroka: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Soroka struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Soto to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Zimmerman grounded into double play third to second to first, Soto to third, Cabrera out at second
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Robles grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna lined out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies singled to right
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Freeman lined out to right
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Donaldson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to deep left
    • A. Eaton: Eaton popped out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)