Braves 0-6 for 1st time since '88 after 6-4 loss to Nats
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Monday, April 11, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON (AP) Falling to 0-6 for the first time in nearly 30 years, the Atlanta Braves lost 6-4 to the Washington Nationals, who used Wilson Ramos' four singles and two RBIs to help cover up a shaky start by Max Scherzer on Monday night.
Scherzer (1-0), pitching on a full week's rest, won despite allowing two-run doubles to A.J. Pierzynski and Nick Markakis in the first two innings. The righty wound up going six innings and didn't let Atlanta score again in front of a sparse crowd announced as 18,119.
Ramos drove in the go-ahead run off Bud Norris (0-2) in the fifth, breaking a 4-all tie, and added insurance with an RBI single off Alexi Ogando in the seventh.
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Daniel Murphy hit a two-run shot off Norris in the first. He is hitting .471 with two homers and seven RBIs in the first season of a $37.5 million, three-year contract.