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Before Trea Turner took the field Sunday, baseball fans in the nation's capital hadn't seen this kind of a baserunning performance in nearly a century.
Although his Washington Nationals dropped a 5-1 contest to the New York Mets, Turner made sure the day wasn't a complete letdown with a history-making performance on the bases. The shortstop tied a Nationals/Expos franchise record by stealing four bases in Sunday's contest, all of them coming at the expense of Mets backstop Travis d'Arnaud.
Turner - who joined the Angels' Cameron Maybin as the only players with four stolen bases in a game this season - is the first Nationals player to steal four bases in one game since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005, and the ninth to do it when counting the Expos years (1969-2004). Before Sunday, the last member of the Nationals/Expos franchise to steal four in a game was Montreal's Marquis Grissom on July 21, 1992. Hall of Famer Tim Raines did it five times as an Expo.
Turner also became the first member of a Washington, D.C. Major League Baseball team to steal four bases in a game since 1920, when Braggo Roth of the original AL Senators (now the Minnesota Twins) stole four against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds.
The 23-year-old Turner has now swiped 26 bases this season, moving him just three behind Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton for the major-league lead.
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