ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman homered among his three hits in his return from the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals used an eight-run fourth inning to take control before holding on for an 11-9 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner hit homers in Washington's big fourth inning against Tyrell Jenkins (2-4). The Nationals trailed 3-1 before setting a season high for runs in an inning and taking a 9-3 lead.
Washington set a Nationals record with nine hits in the inning, including eight straight, and had 17 hits in the game.
Max Scherzer (13-7) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, regrouping after giving up three runs in the second.
Mark Melancon gave up a two-run single to Chase d'Arnaud, cutting the lead to two, before recording the final out for his 36th save.
The first-place Nationals have won the first three games of this series and are 11-1 against the last-place Braves this season.
Murphy also had three hits, including two in the fourth. He led off the inning with his 23rd homer, caught by a fan wearing a red Bryce Harper jersey on the first row of the right-field seats. Turner added a three-run homer off Jenkins, who gave up nine runs while lasting only 3 1/3 innings.
Even Scherzer joined the fun with a run-scoring single in the fourth. He beat out an infield hit in the seventh to drive in another run.
Anthony Rendon had four hits and scored three runs.
Zimmerman, who had been out since Aug. 1 with a bruised left wrist, lined a first-pitch homer over the left-field wall in the second inning.
Adonis Garcia had a two-run double in Atlanta's three-run second. Jeff Francoeur drove in a run with a pinch-hit, bases-loaded single off Matt Belisle in the eighth.