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75-53, 1st in NL East

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper on Nats rookie sensation Trea Turner: "That's somebody that's super special. I was thinking tonight, imagine if he was up in May, June, and July, or before that. We might have already ran away with this thing. Having him at the top of the lineup, there's nobody like him."

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Gonzalez earns 100th win as Nats beat Rockies

Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy hit solo homers and drove in two runs each, and Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career victory as the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Friday nig

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's not abnormal to hear M-V-P chants at Nats Park. What is abnormal is hearing them for Daniel Murphy (not Bryce Harper). But that's what's starting to happen in DC. Murphy, who hit his 25th homer tonight, leads the NL in average (.346), slugging (.615), OPS (1.005), and extra-base hits (67). In related news, the Nats won again (8-5 over Colorado) and have an 8.5 game lead in the NL East.

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Nats fan introduces the belly of distraction (0:21)
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Murphy hits 25th homer (0:23)

Lineup: Nationals (74-53) vs. Rockies (60-67)

  • 1. Trea Turner, CF (R)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  • 4. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 5. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 6. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 7. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 8. Jose Lobaton, C (S)
  • 9. Gio Gonzalez, LHP
  • Daily lineups

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Scherzer's four-peat

Max Scherzer allowed only two hits, zero walks and struck out 10 in eight innings against the Orioles on Thursday night. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the fourth time in his career that Scherzer allowed no more than two hits with no walks and at least 10 strikeouts, the most such games since 1893.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Picture day isn't just for Little Leaguers. Here, the Nats get ready for their annual close-up. The presidents don't look happy about not being included.

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Thursday's longest home runs

Josh Donaldson's 29th home run of the season on Thursday traveled 456 feet for the longest of the day. Jayson Werth, James McCann, Adrian Beltre and Robinson Cano round out the list of long balls.

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Scherzer heating up at right time (1:16)
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Scherzer delivers gem in win over Orioles (1:00)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer stopped the Nats' four-game losing streak, stopped a hot-hitting Orioles team (8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 10 K), and stopped fans from panicking with Strasburg on the DL. He even stopped a ground ball between his legs - backwards. Pretty sure that makes him a stopper.

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Scherzer goes reverse five-hole to field grounder (0:29)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You know it's your night when you field a comebacker in between your legs with your back to home plate, like Max Scherzer just did. And when your line looks like this so far: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Trivia time: At Nats Park, Bryce Harper just stole his 18th base of the season. That's A) three times more than he had last year, B) tied for his career-high, C) good enough for 11th in the NL, D) all of the above, E) none of above.

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Another day, another gold medalist

Wrestler Helen Maroulis, who captured gold in Rio, was honored before Thursday's Orioles-Nationals game, one day after Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch. However, Gio Gonzalez didn't have to hold Maroulis' medal for her.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

zep-CHIN-ski. That's how you pronounce the last name of reliever Marc Rzepczynski, whom the Nats acquired from the A's today in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock. The 30-year old southpaw joins a Washington pen whose 3.28 ERA leads the NL, but lacks lefty options with vet Oliver Perez struggling and rookie Sammy Solis sidelined (shoulder). In 56 games with Oakland, zep-CHIN-ski posted a 3.00 ERA, but his 14.2% walk rate was the highest among AL relievers (min. 30 IP).

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

If you've never seen Glenn Donnellan play his Electric Slugger - an amped violin that he custom-crafted out of a bat - you're missing out. If you've never seen Nats pitching coach Mike Maddux play the Electric Slugger...well, you're probably OK. Here's Maddux fiddling around after Donnellan's national anthem soundcheck at Nats Park.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

How do Nationals rank in intangibles?

Trea Turner uses his speed as well as any player in the major leagues, but is he No. 1? Ben Revere is also a good runner, but that's not the tool that lands him on one of these lists. Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)

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Manny Machado owns the Nationals

Machado went 4-for-6 with a home run on Wednesday, improving his lifetime batting average against the Nats to .391 (27-for-69). That's the fifth-highest average by any player with at least 60 at-bats against the Expos/Nats franchise, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Carl Crawford (.457)
  • Bernie Williams (.435)
  • Randall Simon (.421)
  • Sean Casey (.398)

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Trea Turner is a hit machine

Turner rapped eight straight hits before striking out in the ninth inning on Wednesday. He's the first rookie with eight consecutive hits since Cameron Maybin in 2008, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs6166th
Batting Average.25616th
On Base Percentage.3287th
Slugging Percentage.4338th
Earned Run Average3.442nd
Quality Starts78Tied-2nd
WHIP1.193rd
BAA.2333rd

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