Baseball Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer suffers walk-off loss, Miami Marlins drive in homers

The Atlanta Braves walked off against the Washington Nationals, while only four of 12 home teams won in MLB on Thursday.

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Cameron Maybin's walk-off single sent the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals, as they saw off Max Scherzer.

Scherzer, who pitched for the entirety for the Nats, was taken for a single by Maybin at the bottom of the ninth to hand the ace to his sixth loss of the season.

The Braves were one of just four teams to win at home on Thursday, in 12 fixtures.

A solo homer from pitcher Jose Fernandez and a three-run blast by Justin Bour were to thank as the Miami Marlins secured a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco Giants.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (8-1 over the Colorado Rockies) and the Oakland Athletics (4-0 against the Seattle Mariners) were the other home winners.

Extra-innings winners on away soil were the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres.

Adam Lind's 11th-inning single scored Jonathan Lucroy as the Brewers edged out the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7, while the Padres gave Shawn Kelley his first win of the season as Will Venable's two-run homer completed a 5-3 victory over the St Louis Cardinals.

Kyle Gibson pitched eight innings of four-hit ball to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 2-0 shutout of the Kansas City Royals, while the Texas Rangers downed the Baltimore Orioles by the same scoreline - Yovani Gallardo failing to earn the win despite allowing just two hits in six innings.

An eight-run first inning catapulted the Boston Red Sox to a 12-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, with Alejandro De Aza batting in four runs off three hits.

The Chicago Cubs restrained the New York Mets 6-1, the Pittsburgh Pirates defied a comeback from the Detroit Tigers to win 8-4 and the Cleveland Indians posted a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays after 10 innings.

IMPACT PLAYERS
Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates: Hitting the only home run for the Pirates, Cervelli finished two-for-four and scored the final run.

Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox: Bogaerts had four of the Red Sox's 19 hits, finishing four-for-six with two RBIs.

Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics: Recording his fifth win of the season, Kazmir threw eight shutout innings, allowing just two singles while striking out seven Mariners.

KEY INJURIES
The Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. He's expected to miss six weeks.

Braves All-Star Freddie Freeman (wrist) said he'll be out through the All-Star break. He's hoping to rehabilitate during the break and rejoin the Braves shortly after.

The Cardinals placed outfielder Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1, with a left wrist bone bruise.

The Phillies placed pitcher Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list with left foot plantar fasciitis.

Making his first career start, Braves pitcher Manny Banuelos exited after 5 2/3 shutout innings due to cramping and dehydration.

REACTIONS
"We're definitely still in it. To say we're out of it would be ludicrous. Quite frankly, the Pirates played much better than we did this series. We've been at .500 before. We're in the middle of the season now, but we're definitely still in this thing. Not for a second do I think we're not in this thing." - Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on his team's play-off aspirations, via MLB.com.

FACT OF THE DAY
Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo extended his scoreless streak to 29.1, passing Nationals ace Scherzer's streak (24.2) for the longest of the season.

SURPRISE PERFORMERS
Good: Braves outfielder Maybin's one-out single off Scherzer in the bottom of the ninth inning was a match-winning one.

Bad: Blue Jays starter Matt Boyd failed to record an out in his second career start. He allowed seven runs on six hits, including back-to-back home runs, to the Red Sox.

LOOKING AHEAD
Jake Peavy will continue his hunt for a win this season, when he leads out the Giants against the Nats, Drew Hutchison is on the mound for the Blue Jays against the Tigers, while Clayton Kershaw's three-game losing streak is the talking point ahead of the Dodgers' hosting of the Mets.

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