Scherzer, HRs by Rendon, Harper lead Nationals over Mets 5-4

NEW YORK (AP) Max Scherzer isn't going to begin a debate over who should start the All-Star Game for the National League.

He's content to let others sort that out while he keeps winning.

Scherzer made a final pitch to start the Midsummer Classic on his own mound, Anthony Rendon hit two homers and Bryce Harper also connected, leading the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 5-4 Thursday night.

Scherzer (12-5) didn't dominate over his seven innings, but managed to tie Philadelphia's Aaron Nola for the NL lead in wins. He struck out five, boosting his league-leading total to 182.

His first half assessment?

''Pretty good,'' he said. ''I've been pretty consistent, giving the team a chance to win.''

The three-time Cy Young Award winner exited with a 2.41 ERA, and perfectly lined up to pitch on regular rest next Tuesday night in the All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

Scherzer deflected a question on whether he should get the start, saying it was ''an All-Star question'' that he'd talk about at the right time. Before the game, Nationals manager Dave Martinez was more definitive.

''I don't want to be biased,'' he said, ''but Max Scherzer, yeah, of course.''

Fans at Citi Field would rather see Mets ace Jacob deGrom make the start - he tops the majors with a 1.68 ERA, but is just 5-4 in 19 starts because of poor run support.

''I know how good he is,'' Scherzer said. ''He's having a great year.''

Washington won for just the sixth time in 17 games and nudged back over .500 at 47-46. The Mets fell to 37-54, their most losses before the All-Star Game since dropping 60 in 1993.

Scherzer gave up three runs and five hits, including home runs by nemesis Jose Bautista and Kevin Plawecki.

Rendon hit a two-run homer off Steven Matz (4-7) in the first and added a solo drive in the third. His fourth career multihomer performance gave him six homers in 13 games.

Matz was pulled after striking out Juan Soto to start the seventh, and left with a 3.38 ERA.

''He's just maturing as an overall major league pitcher. And his stuff has gotten better,'' manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He's been fantastic for us.''

Rendon singled in the seventh off Tim Peterson and then Harper, already assured a starting spot in the All-Star outfield, greeted lefty Jerry Blevins with his 23rd homer to make it 5-2.

Bautista hit an RBI single in the first and a solo homer in the fourth. He is 11 for 23 lifetime against Scherzer with two home runs and four doubles.

Plawecki homered in the seventh off the Washington ace. Kelvin Herrera relieved to begin the eighth and gave up a solo homer to Asdrubal Cabrera.

Ryan Madson closed for his fourth save.

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Scherzer beat out an infield single for his 11th hit, tied with Colorado's German Marquez for most among pitchers this year. Scherzer also put down his first sacrifice bunt of the season and lined out.

''Max is Max. He wants to be the best at everything. Pitching, hitting, bunting,'' Martinez said. ''He tells me he can play the outfield if need be.''

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Cabrera's 17th homer marked the most by a Mets second baseman before the All-Star break. ... Matz had held opponents hitless in their last 26 at-bats with runners on base until Soto singled with one out in the first and Rendon followed with a home run.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg, out for nearly a month because of shoulder inflammation, threw a bullpen that went well, Martinez said. Strasburg will make rehab start Sunday for Class A Potomac and is expected to throw 80-85 pitches. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (oblique strain), sidelined since May 10, could rejoin the Nationals right after the All-Star break at home vs. Atlanta, Martinez said.

Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes has been taking grounders at first base while rehabbing at the spring complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The oft-injured slugger hasn't played in the majors since mid-May, and the Mets think a position shift might ease the toll on his legs. The team is seeing whether moving to first might be an option for next season.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (3-11, 4.76 ERA) is tied for the major league lead in losses. He got no-decisions in two starts vs. the Mets this season.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06) is expected to come off the disabled list for his first big league start since May 25. The 2016 All-Star has been sidelined by a strained ligament in his right index finger. Callaway is looking forward to lining up a healthy rotation led by ace Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz and Zack Wheeler after the break, when the Mets open up at Yankee Stadium. ''Obviously, the first half was not a success and it was unacceptable,'' Callaway said.

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NYM37-54
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  • W: M. Scherzer (12-5)L: S. Matz (4-7)S: R. Madson (4)
  • HR: WAS - B. Harper (23), A. Rendon 2 (15), NYM - J. Bautista (7), A. Cabrera (17), K. Plawecki (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Soto LF51200021.307.416.536.9522.0
A. Rendon 3B53332001.285.349.534.88315.0
B. Harper RF51121021.213.367.473.8406.0
M. Reynolds 1B50000020.284.356.569.925-1.0
D. Murphy 2B20100200.256.300.341.6413.0
M. Taylor CF40100023.243.306.377.6822.0
M. Wieters C30100101.224.330.355.6852.0
M. Scherzer P20100001.256.289.279.5681.0
a- M. Adams PH10000000.282.353.541.8950.0
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R. Madson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Scherzer in the 8th
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B. Nimmo RF40000020.254.377.504.881-1.0
A. Cabrera 2B42211010.282.330.497.8278.5
J. Bautista 3B31221100.219.367.430.7979.0
M. Conforto LF30100100.216.341.360.7012.0
W. Flores 1B40000003.267.321.465.7870.0
M. den Dekker CF30000113.000.125.000.1250.5
K. Plawecki C41211012.229.357.406.7636.5
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J. Reyes SS30000102.164.246.227.4731.0
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b- A. Rosario PH10000001.245.291.374.6650.0
  • a-struck out for Blevins in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Familia in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (15)
  • HR - A. Rendon 2 (15), B. Harper (23)
  • SH - M. Scherzer
  • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (44), B. Harper 2 (53)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (20)
  • HR - A. Cabrera (17), J. Bautista (7), K. Plawecki (2)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (52), J. Bautista 2 (25), K. Plawecki (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Plawecki (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Taylor (24)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Taylor (2)
  • DP - (Turner-Reynolds)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 12-5)7.05332522.410.9023.5
K. Herrera (H, 2)1.01112112.041.02-0.5
R. Madson (S, 4)1.01000005.131.569.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 12-5)7.0
K. Herrera (H, 2)1.0
R. Madson (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 4-7)6.18332423.381.255.0
T. Peterson0.01110003.520.91-2.0
J. Blevins0.21111114.701.52-2.5
J. Rhame1.01000106.141.432.5
J. Familia1.00000202.951.264.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 4-7)6.1
T. Peterson0.0
J. Blevins0.2
J. Rhame1.0
J. Familia1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 101-73, K. Herrera 25-13, R. Madson 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-10, R. Madson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, K. Herrera 6, R. Madson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 100-64, T. Peterson 5-4, J. Blevins 11-5, J. Rhame 10-8, J. Familia 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 8-7, J. Familia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 29, T. Peterson, J. Blevins 4, J. Rhame 4, J. Familia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS50100005.269.347.407.7542.0
J. Soto LF51200021.307.416.536.9522.0
A. Rendon 3B53332001.285.349.534.88315.0
B. Harper RF51121021.213.367.473.8406.0
M. Reynolds 1B50000020.284.356.569.925-1.0
D. Murphy 2B20100200.256.300.341.6413.0
M. Taylor CF40100023.243.306.377.6822.0
M. Wieters C30100101.224.330.355.6852.0
M. Scherzer P20100001.256.289.279.5681.0
a- M. Adams PH10000000.282.353.541.8950.0
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  • a-flied out for Scherzer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo RF40000020.254.377.504.881-1.0
A. Cabrera 2B42211010.282.330.497.8278.5
J. Bautista 3B31221100.219.367.430.7979.0
M. Conforto LF30100100.216.341.360.7012.0
W. Flores 1B40000003.267.321.465.7870.0
M. den Dekker CF30000113.000.125.000.1250.5
K. Plawecki C41211012.229.357.406.7636.5
T. Kelly PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Reyes SS30000102.164.246.227.4731.0
S. Matz P20000000.097.125.129.2540.0
T. Peterson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Smith PH10000011.183.205.324.529-0.5
J. Rhame P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Familia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Rosario PH10000001.245.291.374.6650.0
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  • a-struck out for Blevins in the 7th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Familia in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (15)
  • HR - A. Rendon 2 (15), B. Harper (23)
  • SH - M. Scherzer
  • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (44), B. Harper 2 (53)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (20)
  • HR - A. Cabrera (17), J. Bautista (7), K. Plawecki (2)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (52), J. Bautista 2 (25), K. Plawecki (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Plawecki (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Taylor (24)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Taylor (2)
  • DP - (Turner-Reynolds)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 12-5)7.05332522.410.9023.5
K. Herrera (H, 2)1.01112112.041.02-0.5
R. Madson (S, 4)1.01000005.131.569.0
Total9.0744463---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 12-5)7.0
K. Herrera (H, 2)1.0
R. Madson (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 4-7)6.18332423.381.255.0
T. Peterson0.01110003.520.91-2.0
J. Blevins0.21111114.701.52-2.5
J. Rhame1.01000106.141.432.5
J. Familia1.00000202.951.264.0
Total9.01266383---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 4-7)6.1
T. Peterson0.0
J. Blevins0.2
J. Rhame1.0
J. Familia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 101-73, K. Herrera 25-13, R. Madson 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-10, R. Madson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, K. Herrera 6, R. Madson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 100-64, T. Peterson 5-4, J. Blevins 11-5, J. Rhame 10-8, J. Familia 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 8-7, J. Familia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 29, T. Peterson, J. Blevins 4, J. Rhame 4, J. Familia 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Cabrera homered to right center54
  • 7TH INNING
    Plawecki homered to left53
    Harper homered to right center, Rendon scored52
  • 4TH INNING
    Bautista homered to left center32
  • 3RD INNING
    Rendon homered to left31
  • 1ST INNING
    Bautista singled to center, Cabrera scored, Bautista out at second21
    Rendon homered to left, Soto scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Jacob Rhame
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Rendon grounded out to third
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Madson relieved Kelvin Herrera
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Plawecki singled to center
    • Ty Kelly ran for Kevin Plawecki
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Reyes reached on fielder's choice to second, Kelly out at second
    • Amed Rosario hit for Jeurys Familia
    • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Rosario grounded into double play shortstop to first, Reyes out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jacob Rhame pitching
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters flied out to center
    • Matt Adams hit for Max Scherzer
    • M. Adams: Strike (foul tip), Adams flied out to center
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner doubled to deep center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kelvin Herrera pitching
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Nimmo flied out to deep center
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera homered to right center
    • J. Bautista: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Conforto walked, Bautista to second
    • W. Flores: Flores fouled out to first
    • M. den Dekker: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, den Dekker struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • Timothy Peterson relieved Steven Matz
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rendon singled to shallow center
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Timothy Peterson
    • B. Harper: Ball, Harper homered to right center, Rendon scored
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds flied out to left
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Flores flied out to center
    • M. den Dekker: Ball, den Dekker popped out to shortstop
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Plawecki homered to left
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reyes walked
    • Dominic Smith hit for Jerry Blevins
    • D. Smith: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Taylor flied out to center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked, Murphy to second
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Scherzer reached on an infield single to shortstop, Murphy to third, Wieters to second
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Turner popped out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Bautista lined out to center
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto lined out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Turner lined out to right
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto singled to center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soto out at second
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Foul, Reyes grounded out to second
    • S. Matz: Matz popped out to second
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Murphy grounded out to second
    • M. Taylor: Taylor singled to center
    • M. Wieters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Taylor stole second, Strike looking, Wieters flied out to deep center, Taylor to third
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Scherzer lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista homered to left center
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto singled to center
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flores flied out to deep left
    • M. den Dekker: Strike (foul tip), Foul, den Dekker popped out to shortstop
    • K. Plawecki: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Plawecki popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soto grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon homered to left
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Matz lined out to left
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Murphy singled to left
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Wieters singled to left, Murphy to second
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Murphy to third, Wieters to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores lined out to right
    • M. den Dekker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, den Dekker walked
    • K. Plawecki: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Reyes grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Soto singled to left
    • A. Rendon: Rendon homered to left, Soto scored
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harper grounded out to first
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera doubled to center
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista singled to center, Cabrera scored, Bautista out at second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Conforto grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)