Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Jacob Turner: Turner yields three runs in 5 1/3 vs Pirates

Jacob Turner: Turner yields three runs in 5 1/3 vs Pirates

With the bullpen already missing Turner and the spot starter unlikely to turn in a long outing, the game very well could come down to the back of the Nationals' bullpen again.

One vicious swing on Tuesday night checked it off the list.

Harper's laser to the last row of seats in right field in the ninth gave the 24-year-old star a home run in every ballpark in the National League.

The Nationals played a doubleheader on Sunday, which necessitated an extra arm in manager Dusty Baker's rotation. Even so, they will look for that unit to do even more than usual on Wednesday, as right-hander Jacob Turner will be called from the bullpen to make a spot start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Or a lot of the time if you happen to be Harper or the other bats in baseball's most explosive lineup. He went 0 for 4, including 0 for 2 and a strikeout with runners in scoring position. Zimmerman's two RBI pushed his total to a major league-leading 38, two clear of Harper. The Nationals' three hits were a season low. He issued four walks against just one strikeout.

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"We've got to get his pitch count down so he can go the next day and the next day", Baker said. "It wasn't my best, but they picked me up".

MINNEAPOLIS - Charlie Blackmon hit a towering two-run homer during a four-run sixth inning and finished with three hits to lead Colorado. It was his first multi-steal game of the season.

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The lineup wasted little time getting to Kuhl, who hasn't won since beating Atlanta six weeks ago. He struck out three and walked two, his lone hiccup coming on Brian Goodwin's RBI double in the seventh. Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg couldn't get an out in the seventh on Tuesday. Josh Bell stepped in next and got all of a 3-1 fastball that he sent out to right for a three-run home run that made it 3-0 Pirates. Kuhl's ERA ballooned to 6.69 in eight starts. "I hate falling behind hitters".

The Washington Nationals have a ton of bullpen issues. Blake Treinen - who began the season as the closer before being demoted - got Harrison to hit into a double play, then struck out Andrew McCutchen to end the threat.

SAN FRANCISCO - Eduardo Nunez was credited with a two-run infield single when Los Angeles pitcher Brandon McCarthy lost track of a baserunner and San Francisco beat the Dodgers for its season-high fourth straight win. "It was in the fifth or sixth inning before we knew what kind of happened". "But in the meantime our offense is doing the job".

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Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco was given the day off to give his strained left hamstring some rest.

Zimmerman, 32, has had six seasons with at least 20 home runs in his 13-year career but none since 2013.

Gerrit Cole shut down the best offense in the majors, holding the Washington Nationals to three hits in seven innings to win for the first time in a month as the Pittsburgh Pirates eased to a 6-1 victory Wednesday night.

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