WASHINGTON – – Trea Turner thought of three bags the moment he made contact. As are everyone in the stadium.
Turner completed his record-breaking third career round on Wednesday, netting a sixth inning treble for the Washington Nationals, achieving the feat on his 28th birthday in a 15-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. .
The quick shortstop became the fifth player in major league history with three rounds, joining Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel and John Reilly, according to the Elias Athletic Bureau.
“I think triple out of the box,” Turner said of his last shot, which he drove towards the right-field wall, “and I just hope he doesn’t pick it up right away and wont fit it in until I usually do. make up my mind.
As Turner’s fourth hit came down the line, the crowd immediately rose to their feet, waiting for a play in third place.
And the Rays were prepared. Manuel Margot hit the cut man Mike Brosseau. The second baseman’s throw was true.
But Turner narrowly beat Yandy Diaz’s tag with a headfirst slide.
“Everyone was getting up,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of his shelter. “They practically all wanted to go out on the pitch. And when he was safe there was a great cheer. … I love watching him run.
Turner joins a club that is as old-fashioned as it is exclusive.
Apart from Beltre, the others with three cycles obtained them before the mid-1930s.
“I think that’s luck, these are tools to be able to hit for power and have at least some speed,” said Turner. “I remember when Adrian Beltre did it awhile ago, I remember thinking it was quite interesting that he was tied for the lead with three. Because you don’t see him as a speed guy.
Turner scored in Tampa Bay’s opener Drew Rasmussen, doubled in the third against Ryan Sherriff (0-1), then hit his 14th home run in the fourth against Michael Wacha.
Ryan Zimmerman made a nip in the seventh for Turner, who got his finger stuck on his slide but is hand in hand.
“It’s just a testament to how good a hitter he is,” Martinez said of Turner. “When he’s doing well, you don’t know where he can hit the ball and hit the ball with power.
The contemporary offense came from the rest of the Nationals.
Starlin Castro hit his third home run, hit a single and scored four. Josh Bell had three runs and Juan Soto had three hits and two runs batted in.
Jordy Mercer added his first homer of the season for the Nationals, who have scored 18 hits and have run 24 homers since June 19.
Washington scored four in the third, three in the sixth and four more in the eighth.
Jon Lester (2-3) allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out three and walking two.
Mike Zunino had his 18th home run and his fourth in his last five games with Tampa Bay. Díaz added his third for the Rays, who lost their eighth straight road game.
“I’m happy for Z,” Cash said of Zunino, a now batting .210 wide receiver with 36 RBIs. “I would like to see him be part of this all-star team. He played like an All-Star for us.
Sherriff allowed four runs and only struck out two hitters after coming in to start the third on the same day he was recalled from the Durham Triple-A.
Spokes: RHP Chaz Roe (sprained shoulder) underwent end-of-season surgery on Wednesday. … Tampa Bay placed RHP Ryan Thompson on the 10-day injured shoulder list, retroactive to Monday.
Nationals: RHP Daniel Hudson (right elbow) started a 25-length bullpen session and will start another on Friday. … RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck) threw a long throw on Wednesday and will throw a reliever box on Friday in the 50-55 throw range.
HISTORY TIMES TWO
Turner’s feat continued a historic two-game set.
On Tuesday night, Kyle Schwarber became just the second player in major league history to hit 12 home runs in 10 games since at least 1901. Albert Belle did so in 1995 as well.
Rasmussen scored a single for his first big league hit in his second career at the bat, crushing a second in the second that Mercer hit but couldn’t circle.
Rays: Will start a three-game series against Toronto in Buffalo on Friday, but has yet to decide on a starting pitcher for Game 1.
Nationals: Open a four-game home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday with LHP Patrick Corbin (5-6, 5.33) aiming for his third win in five starts.