Pirates' five-game winning streak ended by Nationals


Harper is certainly an unconventional leadoff hitter given his huge power, but his.458 on-base percentage is obviously excellent for a table-setter. Matt Adams gave Washington three hits including two homers, three RBI's and three runs while Trea Turner drove in three.

Kuhl (3-2) gave up six runs and four hits - all home runs - in 4 2/3 innings.

The Nationals jumped on Pirates starter Chad Kuhl (3-2) for solo home runs by Wilmer Difo, his first of the season, and Adams in the third and fourth innings, respectively, to take a 2-0 lead before exploding in the fifth and sixth.

Max Moroff completed the scoring for Pittsburgh with a two-run homer, his first of the season, for the Pirates in the ninth. "I thought I got the popup down the line more than I did the homer, but it went over the fence, so I'll take it". Every single day, going in, having a good mentality about it and just trying to be the best I can.

Two batters later, Adams hit his second homer of the night to make it 6-0.

The Bucs and Nationals play again tonight at 7:05pm.

"The offense exploded there in the fifth", Scherzer said. "I was able to pitch with all four pitches".

"I really believe, even his first at-bat, he got pitches to hit today, and that was good for him", Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. They've got 10 guys now on the disabled list - Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton among them - but the comparison to a Class AAA team isn't exactly fair: Not many Class AAA teams have the tandem of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg at the front of their rotation, or, for that matter, a hitter like Harper in the middle of their lineups.

Scherzer, however, was almost untouchable most of the night, fanning eight before allowing a two-run homer in the seventh to Corey Dickerson. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits over six innings, walking two and striking out five.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 4 • Kendrys Morales homered twice for Toronto and reached base all five times he batted, including an intentional walk in the 10th in Minnesota. The first six-game victor in the major leagues this year, Scherzer drove in his second run of the season with an RBI single and scored twice.