Scherzer gets to 2,000 Ks, but Rangers beat Nationals 5-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Max Scherzer's milestone performances don't usually result in this kind of feeling.

The ace right-hander struck out 10 to move past 2,000 for his career, but was outpitched by Austin Bibens-Dirkx and the Texas Rangers beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Sunday for a sweep of their weekend series.

''It's really cool,'' said Scherzer, who also has two no-hitters, a 20-strikeout game and an NL Cy Young Award since joining Washington before the 2015 season. ''But one of these days, I'll actually reflect on it. It stings a little bit when you get it in a loss. But you just keep marching on.''

Scherzer (7-4) has 2,005 career strikeouts after fanning at least 10 batters seven times this season. He allowed three runs - two earned - and three hits in 7 1/3 innings.

By the end of the eighth, the Rangers had grabbed control against the NL East leaders on just one hit, aided by an error and a passed ball.

''It's a tough loss, a tough series,'' Nationals catcher Matt Wieters said. ''But we've got to move past this and be ready to go to tomorrow.''

Bibens-Dirkx (2-0) allowed a run and three hits in seven innings in his second career start. The 32-year-old rookie retired 19 straight after Brian Goodwin's first career leadoff homer and a single by Bryce Harper.

''I told my family I have to face Max Scherzer and (my wife said) `No, you get to,''' Bibens-Dirkx said. ''(I said), `You're right. I've earned the right to be here.'''

Shin-Soo Choo slugged his ninth homer and second in as many games as Texas completed its first road sweep of the season.

Scherzer reached the 2,000 mark when he got Nomar Mazara swinging a 1-2 slider that tailed inside to open the fourth inning.

He struck out the side in the fifth and cruised until the eighth, when he exited after Delino DeShields reached on third baseman Anthony Rendon's error and pinch hitter Jurickson Profar walked.

''It's just an unfortunate error, an unfortunate hop,'' Scherzer said. ''Sometimes that happens. And then I just couldn't stay within the zone there in the eighth against Profar.''

Oliver Perez walked Choo to load the bases. DeShields scored on Wieters' passed ball. Elvis Andrus hit a two-run triple and scored on Mazara's sacrifice fly.

Bibens-Dirkx was sailing along before Rendon singled in the seventh. Adam Lind followed with a walk. After a visit from pitching coach Doug Brocail, Bibens-Dirkx got Wieters to ground out to end the threat.

''Very gutsy performance by Austin,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister, ''going against a premier pitcher in Major League Baseball in Max Scherzer, knowing that you really have to limit any chances this lineup has.''

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After losing 11 of 14 overall before arriving in Washington, the Rangers' sweep improved their interleague record to 10-2. Texas is 20-30 against the AL.

A QUICK 2,000

In terms of innings pitched (1,784), Scherzer is the third-fastest to hit 2,000 strikeouts behind Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

''It's crazy I'm even mentioned, I'm even among those guys,'' Scherzer said. ''Those are my pitching idols. I'm growing up watching those guys.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet surgery) said he is ready to make his Texas debut after averaging 90 pitches over his last two rehab starts at Triple-A Round Rock. Banister did not commit to a return date. ''My expectation is that if all things go well, his next start would be in the big leagues,'' Banister said. ''When that day is is undecided.''

Nationals: Closer Koda Glover was placed on the 10-day disabled list with lower back stiffness. Glover blew his second save in Saturday's 6-3, 11-inning loss and afterward told manager Dusty Baker he had been dealing with ''nagging'' back pain all day. ... Ryan Zimmerman (back) was out of the starting lineup for the third game in four days.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Begin a three-game series Monday at Houston. RHP Yu Darvish (5-4, 3.18 ERA) is winless with a 5.81 ERA in his last six outings against the Astros.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg starts the series opener against Atlanta on Monday. He's 6-1 with a 2.68 ERA against the Braves since 2015.

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  • W: A. Bibens-Dirkx (2-0)L: M. Scherzer (7-4)
  • HR: TEX - S. Choo (9), WAS - B. Goodwin (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Beltre 3B40000011.333.410.515.925-0.5
R. Odor 2B40100010.206.247.359.6060.5
J. Lucroy C40000011.260.303.387.690-0.5
J. Gallo 1B30000110.201.300.513.8120.5
D. DeShields CF41000021.293.350.357.7072.0
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J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hoying CF0000-000.232.279.321.000-
  • a-walked for Bibens-Dirkx in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin LF31111000.226.263.434.6976.0
a- R. Raburn PH10000000.214.214.214.4290.0
B. Harper RF40100000.315.424.6061.0301.0
D. Murphy 2B40000001.335.382.543.9250.0
A. Rendon 3B30100000.288.389.519.9091.0
A. Lind 1B20000100.325.393.597.9911.0
M. Wieters C30000002.264.325.399.7240.0
S. Drew SS30000020.267.314.433.748-1.0
M. Taylor CF30000020.246.282.425.708-1.0
M. Scherzer P20000000.138.167.138.3050.0
O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Treinen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- W. Difo PH10000010.184.245.264.509-0.5
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
  • a-grounded out for Goodwin in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Treinen in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - E. Andrus (2)
  • HR - S. Choo (9)
  • SF - N. Mazara (2)
  • RBI - S. Choo (29), E. Andrus 2 (35), N. Mazara (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (9)
BATTING
  • HR - B. Goodwin (2)
  • RBI - B. Goodwin (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. DeShields (13), J. Profar
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rendon (5)
  • PB - M. Wieters (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-0)7.03111213.281.0127.0
J. Leclerc1.00000301.840.954.5
A. Claudio1.00000002.590.993.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-0)7.0
J. Leclerc1.0
A. Claudio1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 7-4)7.133211012.360.8518.0
O. Perez0.00111004.971.34-2.0
B. Treinen0.21110006.331.81-2.0
J. Blanton1.00001108.781.882.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 7-4)7.1
O. Perez0.0
B. Treinen0.2
J. Blanton1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 94-59, J. Leclerc 13-9, A. Claudio 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 11-7, A. Claudio 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 24, J. Leclerc 3, A. Claudio 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 109-78, O. Perez 4-0, B. Treinen 9-6, J. Blanton 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 9-4, B. Treinen 1-1, J. Blanton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, O. Perez, B. Treinen 3, J. Blanton 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Choo RF32211100.255.375.427.8029.0
E. Andrus SS41120021.301.342.463.8065.0
N. Mazara LF30010011.288.352.457.8090.5
A. Beltre 3B40000011.333.410.515.925-0.5
R. Odor 2B40100010.206.247.359.6060.5
J. Lucroy C40000011.260.303.387.690-0.5
J. Gallo 1B30000110.201.300.513.8120.5
D. DeShields CF41000021.293.350.357.7072.0
A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Bibens-Dirkx P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- J. Profar PH01000100.114.264.114.3784.0
J. Leclerc P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hoying CF0000-000.232.279.321.000-
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  • a-walked for Bibens-Dirkx in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin LF31111000.226.263.434.6976.0
a- R. Raburn PH10000000.214.214.214.4290.0
B. Harper RF40100000.315.424.6061.0301.0
D. Murphy 2B40000001.335.382.543.9250.0
A. Rendon 3B30100000.288.389.519.9091.0
A. Lind 1B20000100.325.393.597.9911.0
M. Wieters C30000002.264.325.399.7240.0
S. Drew SS30000020.267.314.433.748-1.0
M. Taylor CF30000020.246.282.425.708-1.0
M. Scherzer P20000000.138.167.138.3050.0
O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Treinen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- W. Difo PH10000010.184.245.264.509-0.5
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Goodwin in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Treinen in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - E. Andrus (2)
  • HR - S. Choo (9)
  • SF - N. Mazara (2)
  • RBI - S. Choo (29), E. Andrus 2 (35), N. Mazara (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo (9)
BATTING
  • HR - B. Goodwin (2)
  • RBI - B. Goodwin (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. DeShields (13), J. Profar
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rendon (5)
  • PB - M. Wieters (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-0)7.03111213.281.0127.0
J. Leclerc1.00000301.840.954.5
A. Claudio1.00000002.590.993.0
Total10.0311181---
PITCHERSIP
A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 2-0)7.0
J. Leclerc1.0
A. Claudio1.0
Total10.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 7-4)7.133211012.360.8518.0
O. Perez0.00111004.971.34-2.0
B. Treinen0.21110006.331.81-2.0
J. Blanton1.00001108.781.882.5
Total9.04543111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 7-4)7.1
O. Perez0.0
B. Treinen0.2
J. Blanton1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 94-59, J. Leclerc 13-9, A. Claudio 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 11-7, A. Claudio 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 24, J. Leclerc 3, A. Claudio 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 109-78, O. Perez 4-0, B. Treinen 9-6, J. Blanton 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 9-4, B. Treinen 1-1, J. Blanton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, O. Perez, B. Treinen 3, J. Blanton 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Mazara hit sacrifice fly to left, Andrus scored51
    Andrus tripled to deep left, Profar and Choo scored41
    DeShields scored, Profar to third, Choo to second on passed ball21
  • 3RD INNING
    Choo homered to center11
  • 1ST INNING
    Goodwin homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Joe Blanton pitching
    • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Odor grounded out to first
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo walked
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, DeShields flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Claudio relieved Delino DeShields
    • Ryan Raburn hit for Brian Goodwin
    • Jared Hoying in center
    • R. Raburn: Strike looking, Raburn grounded out to first
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Harper grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy lined out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Gallo grounded out to second
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon fielding error
    • Jurickson Profar hit for Austin Bibens-Dirkx
    • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Profar walked, DeShields to second
    • Oliver Perez relieved Max Scherzer
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, DeShields stole third Profar to second, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
    • Blake Treinen relieved Oliver Perez
    • E. Andrus: Ball, DeShields scored, Profar to third, Choo to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus tripled to deep left, Profar and Choo scored
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara hit sacrifice fly to left, Andrus scored
    • A. Beltre: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Beltre grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Jose Leclerc pitching
    • S. Drew: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Drew struck out looking
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Wilmer Difo hit for Blake Treinen
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lucroy grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Harper flied out to left
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy lined out to left
    • A. Rendon: Rendon singled to left
    • A. Lind: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lind walked, Rendon to second
    • M. Wieters: Wieters grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to second
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Scherzer grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Goodwin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bibens-Dirkx struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lind grounded out to second
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wieters grounded out to first
    • S. Drew: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Drew fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor singled to center
    • J. Lucroy: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lucroy flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Harper flied out to right
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, DeShields struck out on foul tip
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bibens-Dirkx struck out looking
    • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Choo homered to center
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Andrus flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Scherzer lined out to right
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Goodwin grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Odor grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy lined out to right
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • A. Lind: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lind flied out to right
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Ball, Foul, Wieters grounded out to second
    • S. Drew: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Drew struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo singled to left
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mazara flied out to left
    • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Beltre struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin homered to right center
    • B. Harper: Harper singled to right
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Harper out at second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)