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Scherzer picks up first career stolen base

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WASHINGTON -- In the midst of another gem on the mound, Max Scherzer surprised the Braves in the seventh inning Monday with his ability on the basepaths.

After a leadoff single, Scherzer swiped second base without a throw, catching Atlanta off guard. It was Scherzer's first career stolen base.

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WASHINGTON -- In the midst of another gem on the mound, Max Scherzer surprised the Braves in the seventh inning Monday with his ability on the basepaths.

After a leadoff single, Scherzer swiped second base without a throw, catching Atlanta off guard. It was Scherzer's first career stolen base.

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Scherzer stole the base because of the benefit of a huge secondary lead. The Major League average for a secondary lead is about 20 feet, but Scherzer got a 33.6-foot secondary lead against right-hander Peter Moylan that allowed him to swipe the base easily.

To that point, Scherzer had tossed seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts, blanking the Braves' rolling offense.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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