The Nationals exploded for 9 runs on 17 hits, and as a result now trail the Braves by 9 games in the NL East.
Washington struck early and never looked back, as Adam Eaton followed Trea Turner‘s leadoff single in the top of the first with a 2 run homer, and Yan Gomes and Juan Soto kept the homer streak alive with solo shots in the 2nd and 3rd innings respectively.
Matt Joyce‘s 2nd inning solo homer opened the scoring for the Braves. Joyce added a 1-out double in the 4th to give the Braves runners on 2nd and 3rd, but Max Scherzer came back to strike out Dansby Swanson and Tyler Flowers. Those were the only 2 hits Scherzer allowed, and he struck out 9 in his 6 innings.
Mike Soroka allowed 7 hits and a lone walk to go with 7 strikeouts in his 6 innings, and turned a 4 – 1 deficit over to the bullpen. If the bullpen hadn’t allowed 5 runs, then the 3 runs the Braves scored in the bottom of the 9th would have been a lot more interesting. Chad Sobotka, A.J. Minter, and Jeremy Walker combined to give up 10 hits in the last 3 innings, one of which was Gomes’s 2nd homer.
Charlie Culberson led the charge in the 9th with a solo homer, and Johan Camargo, Francisco Cervelli, and Adam Duvall also responded to an opportunity to get sharp with base hits. Nonetheless, the previously built Guerra Gap allowed Javy Guerra the luxury to finish off the last 2 innings without bothering any other Nationals relievers.
The Braves 9 game winning streak comes to an end, and they finish the series at 3 – 1 (2 – 1 in games started by Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, or Scherzer.) A 7 game road trip starts Monday at 7:05, with the first of 4 against Philadelphia. Mike Foltynewicz vs. Aaron Nola scheduled.