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  • May 16, 2019
    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.
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    , 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
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    , 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.TRAPPEDThe 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
    ROOMBraves: 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 NEXTBraves: 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. Purple Row’s Sam Bradfield joined the BSN
    Rockies podcast to recap the Rockies’ performance in the Arizona Fall
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    financial reasons, but “change of scenery” deals are also possible motivations.
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    agency | Beyond the Box ScoreAs Luis Torres of Beyond the Box Score points out,
    there aren’t many options available to 38-year-old Nelson Cruz in free agency.
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