Max Scherzer walked Nick Markakis to lead off the seventh inning Monday. On Hector Olivera's grounder to third base, Markakis slid wide into second base and upended Daniel Murphy after he took the throw from third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Murphy's throw to first base was late, but Olivera was ruled out at first for the double play because the slide by Markakis took him too far inside the bag. The slide was ruled too wide, even though Markakis initially touched the bag. Murphy pointed to Markakis immediately after the play.
Asked if he thought Markakis was too wide on his slide, Nationals manager Dusty Baker smiled and said, "That new rule kind of worked in our favor.''
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez left the dugout briefly but did not argue the ruling.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.