Scherzer steals, throws 5th shutout, Nats top Braves

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) celebrates the final out with catcher Pedro Severino at the end of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Monday, April 9, 2018 in Washington. Nationals won 2-0. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer stole the first base of his professional career and allowed only two singles in his fifth big league shutout, and the Washington Nationals ended a five-game losing skid while getting back to .500 with a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.