Washington Nationals: Matt Adams plunders the Pirates

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: Matt Adams #15 of the Washington Nationals retires Corey Dickerson #12 (not pictured) of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at Nationals Park on May 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: Matt Adams #15 of the Washington Nationals retires Corey Dickerson #12 (not pictured) of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at Nationals Park on May 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Despite Max Scherzer being on the mound, it was Matt Adams who stole the show. He hit 2 home runs in a Washington Nationals 12-2 blowout win.

On a night where Pittsburgh faced DC on two fronts, the Washington Nationals led by example for their hockey counterparts. They hit four home runs, two from Matt Adams who showed exactly why he was promoted to third in the order.

Adams who has started five of the last seven games continues to heat up at the plate. He’s 9 for his last 17 with 3 three HRs, so he’s likely to keep seeing regular time in left field.

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Another backup impressing of late is Wilmer Difo. A 2 for 2 performance with two walks, the fill-in third-baseman is heating up at the plate too.

Difo hit a rocket over the fence in the third inning to start off the Nationals onslaught on Pirates pitching. He’s been in the hit column for fourth straight game, so looks like he’ll need to stay away from the dreadlocks.

Bryce Harper hits leadoff, goes yard

In his first start hitting atop the Washington Nationals batting order, Bryce Harper hit a HR off Chad Kuhl in the fifth inning. He pounced on a first pitch fastball, and deposited it into the left field bleachers.

A bold decision from manager Davey Martinez paid off in a big way. Harper came up with two runners on base, and the Nats hottest hitter, Trea Turner, lurking behind him. The perfect recipe for a pitch that he could drive, and he did.

Max Scherzer cruises to win once again

Aside from a two-run home run in the sixth inning, Max Scherzer was on autopilot on a warm Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

The Nats ace allowed two runs and stuck out eight in what seemed like just another day at the office. He’s now won four straight games and not allowed more than two earned runs all season. A model of consistency in an inconsistent season for the team.

Next: Roark rakes way to victory

On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals will look to replicate the Capitals and win game three of the series against Pittsburgh behind Stephen Strasburg.

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