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Philipsburg native Matt Adams hits 2 homers in Braves’ win over Nats

As Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters (32) looks on at left, Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams (18) celebrates with teammate Brandon Phillips (4) as he crosses the plate after hitting a three run homer in the third inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Washington.
As Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters (32) looks on at left, Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Adams (18) celebrates with teammate Brandon Phillips (4) as he crosses the plate after hitting a three run homer in the third inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Washington. AP

Philipsburg native Matt Adams once again had a big night for the Atlanta Braves — and was arguably the team MVP in its 11-10 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

“Big City” Adams finished 3 of 4 with two home runs, a game-high four RBIs and three runs. He also reached base in the top of the ninth on a walk.

In the third inning, the Philipsburg-Osceola graduate faced a full count — and then ripped a four-seam fastball over the center-field wall for a three-run homer. Adams’ blast put the Braves ahead 6-4 at that point.

But he was only just getting started.

In the eighth frame, Adams hit his second home run — a solo shot — on the first pitch he saw, a 95-mph two-seam fastball, over right-center field. Atlanta then trailed 9-7. The Braves seized the lead in the ninth on a Tyler Flowers three-run homer, with both Adams and Nick Markakis on base at the time.

Adams now has nine home runs on the season, meaning only Matt Kemp and an injured Freddie Freeman have recorded more for the Braves. Adams is also hitting .277 and has driven in 26 runs.

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