Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings, Nats beat Braves 3-1

Since then, his plate appearances have gone: intentional walk, walk, double, two-run home run, double, solo home run, single, walk, walk, single, walk, solo home run. But then again, nothing about the end of Tuesday night's Washington Nationals-Atlanta Braves game went by convention.

Overall, Freeman reached base in 12 consecutive plate appearances going back to last weekend against the Padres, before Ross finally got him to ground out in the bottom of the sixth. Kelley threw it - he said as hard as he could - and beat d'Arnaud again with it. Wieters caught the ball cleanly, squashing any possible foul tip debate for the 27th out.

White Sox 4, Yankees 1 • Miguel Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning to win a road start for the first time in two years, Leury Garcia and Avisail Garcia homered off Luis Severino, and visiting Chicago stopped New York's eight-game winning streak.

From Nationals Manager Dusty Baker's vantage point, it looked as if Chase d'Arnaud missed the Shawn Kelley's slider in the dirt "by a foot". Next thing I know, I'm back up there. D'Arnaud was Atlanta's last hope, and it appeared the game was over when he flailed at a third strike.

The Nationals were displeased with the umpiring crew's reversal and Jayson Werth - already miffed with Bucknor's strike zone - had some words for the umpire as he walked off the field.

Scherzer (2-1) had three walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings and has won five consecutive starts against the Braves. It's just one start, but the reigning NL Cy Young Award victor showed why he has just as good a chance to win the award again in 2017.

The Nationals broke a scoreless tie in the fifth.

Harper's second double came in the eighth against reliever Eric O'Flaherty. Scherzer sacrificed Difo to second, and the runner scored on Adam Eaton's single up the middle.

Treinen had another grim outing and might be on the verge of losing the closer's job. Teheran entered with a 0.95 ERA in three starts and exited with a 3.52 ERA.

"When you see a guy like Max doing all he has. we always tell our pitchers 'shutdown innings, ' and he went out and showed them how to shut down after you get a couple of runs", Baker said.

Braves OF Matt Kemp will test his right hamstring in a rehab game at Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, pushing back his return to the active roster.

RED SOX 8, BLUE JAYS 7: Brian Johnson earned his first major league win after being called up from the minors earlier in the day, Mookie Betts hit his first home run of the season and the Boston Red Sox hung on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays for their season-high fourth straight victory. He gave up two hits and walked two, including light-hitting Kurt Suzuki with the bases loaded to give the Braves a shot. He will take his 1-1 record and 3.52 ERA into his next start versus the Mets on Tuesday in the first of a two-start week. The 23-year-old made 19 starts for Washington a year ago, going 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA.

  • Salvatore Jensen