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    Max Scherzer clutch hit in 14th sparks Nationals past Braves

    Jun 3, 2018
    Washington’s Max Scherzer hits a ground ball to center field for a single. AP

    ATLANTA — Nationals ace Max Scherzer singled as a pinch hitter in the 14th inning and scored the tiebreaking run on Wilmer Difo's triple, sparking Washington to a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).

    In his third big league pinch-hit appearance, Scherzer singled up the middle against Miguel Socolovich (0-1) and sped home from first base on Difo's hit to right-center field. Spencer Kieboom added an RBI single. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, touched off a dugout celebration after he scored.

    Justin Miller (2-0) struck out five in three innings, facing the minimum, and Sean Doolittle got three straight outs for his 14th save.

    Juan Soto and Michael Taylor homered for Washington. Johan Camargo hit his third home run this week for Atlanta.

    In Baltimore, Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar homered to help Masahiro Tanaka win his fifth straight decision, as the New York Yankees won, 8-5, to extend the Orioles' losing streak to seven games.

    Tanaka (7-2) allowed four runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over 5-1/3 innings. He is 5-0 in seven road games this season — the best stretch of his career. Brett Gardner had a pair of leadoff doubles and scored a run for the Yankees, who have won four consecutive games.

    Adam Jones, Joey Rickard and Manny Machado hit solo homers for the Orioles, who scored more than three runs for just the second time in 14 games.

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    Washington’s Max Scherzer hits a ground ball to center field for a single. AP
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