Nats' Jayson Werth leaves game with groin spasm

Dickey's knuckleball presenting challenges tonight (Nats win 3-2)

Teheran has not had great success against the Nationals. Then, Harper seemingly goes from mere transcendent slugger to almost impossible out.

Washington slugger Bryce Harper owns Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran and the same could be said about the Nationals against the Braves.

This time, there was no doubt the game was over - though Washington's Jayson Werth continued to gripe at Bucknor as the umpires left the field.

The last time the Nationals hit two grand slams in one game was July 27, 2009 at Milwaukee, when Josh Willingham hit both. The call was changed to a hit after the umpires huddled. He has a 0.95 ERA over his first three starts, allowing just two earned runs in 19 innings.

Joe Ross, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, got plenty of support from Harper and Ryan Zimmerman in a 20-hit Nationals outburst and went seven innings to win his season debut.

Harper smashed a grand slam in the second inning after a bases-empty homer in the first off Teheran and finished 4-for-4 overall with an intentional walk as the Nationals won 14-4 on Wednesday night for their 31st victory in the past 40 games against Atlanta.

"He knows that we've been struggling some in the bullpen". He was replaced by Chris Heisey at the plate.

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Harper didn't waste time in obliterating Teheran. Matt Wieters led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Wilmer Difo, his first RBI of the season.

Phillies 6, Mets 2, 10 innings: Cameron Rupp drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly, and Philadelphia scored four times in the 10th inning to beat struggling NY. The ratio is equivalent to 112 home runs in 608 plate appearances, which is standard for a season.

Pujols' second homer of the season gives him 54 in his career against the Astros, the most by any player against Houston.

"It was just a bad day", Teheran said.

Former Mariners star Ichiro, 43, hit a home run in the ninth inning of Miami's defeat on the road - his first homer since April 2012.

The lone blemish against Ross after the first inning: Freeman's solo homer in the third. He allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one. "That's all I've got to say". "And it kind of paid off". Miller (2-1) kept the Padres off balance most of the night, including four 1-2-3 innings. "He was spiking his slider, you know what I mean, which usually he doesn't do and evidently he didn't have a very good feel for that slider, because one was - a run was scored on a wild pitch, in the first inning he was headed for a 10-12-pitch first inning and then the walk to [Matt] Carpenter and the wild pitch and then the [double] to Stephen Piscotty". "That's kind of been a strength during my career". By the end of the night, he was batting.404 with a 1.362 OPS.

Mookie Betts entered Wednesday in the midst of an incredible streak of consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout. However, Harper got caught wandering too far off the bag and was thrown out at second base.

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