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Wire Taps: Nationals win 3rd of 4 with Braves; Max Scherzer = hero + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Braves in Atlanta...

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Michael A. Taylor and Juan Soto homered, but Max Scherzer’s pinch-hit single and Wilmer Difo’s RBI triple decided things in the 14th inning of Saturday’s game with the Braves.

Now the Nationals have a shot at a series split in SunTrust Park. Series finale at 1:35 PM EDT.


Scherzer ignites 14th-inning rally to propel Nats over Braves (MASN)
"Max Scherzer - yes, Max Scherzer - delivered the one-out single that got a 14th-inning rally jumpstarted..."

Max Scherzer scores winning run in extras (
"Martinez knew he was managing with a short bench, and if the game extended deep into extras, he would turn to Scherzer."

Max Scherzer delivers in a pinch, and Nationals hang on to beat Braves in 14 innings (WaPost)
"The unlikeliest chapter in the legend of Max Scherzer ended with the ace as the hero on a day he didn’t pitch..."

Matt Adams exits after fouling ball off foot (
"The Nationals did not offer much further detail on Adams' status after the game, other than to say that they plan to re-evaluate him on Sunday."

Matt Adams leaves Saturday’s Nationals game with sore right foot (WaPo)
"Adams is splitting time at first with Mark Reynolds, whom the Nationals called up to replace Ryan Zimmerman, another injured first baseman."


Blake Treinen named American League Reliever of the Month (Mercury News)
"Though he had some trouble in the role with the Nationals, Treinen has taken full control of the closer’s job with the A’s..."

Max Scherzer's surprise single, mad dash beat Braves (ESPN)
"Scherzer's hit off Braves reliever Miguel Socolovich with one out in the 14th was far from a screamer."


Kyle Barraclough takes over as Marlins closer (
"Kyle Barraclough doesn't believe the closer role is more important than any other on the field, but he knows there's definitely something unique to the position."

"Mets waste another strong outing by deGrom (Newsday)
"For Jacob deGrom, utter dominance isn’t enough. Such is the plight of an ace on a losing team."

Phillies could have multiple All-Stars (
"The Phillies probably have three legitimate candidates to make the team, based on their performance through Friday..."