Scherzer dominates, Nats end 3-game skid, beat Rockies 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Before Saturday's game at Washington, Colorado manager Bud Black stated the obvious in saying that Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was one of the three best pitchers in baseball.

Black admitted afterward that Scherzer was even ''better than we expected.''

Scherzer dominated after an early hiccup, striking out 11 and retiring his final 20 batters as the Nationals ended a three-game skid by beating Colorado 6-2.

Scherzer (3-1) issued a one-out walk in the first inning and Charlie Blackmon followed with a home run. That was all the Rockies managed against Scherzer, who has won the last two NL Cy Young Awards.

''Try and keep throwing up zeroes, keep working quick and let the goose eggs keep going and that seems to provide momentum for the offense,'' Scherzer said.

Scherzer did his part, striking out the next five batters after the homer and going seven innings. He has fanned at least 10 in three of his four starts this year.

Matt Wieters hit his first homer of the season, connecting in the fourth. He added an RBI single in a four-run sixth that broke the game open for Washington.

Washington had scored just one run in each of the first two games of the series and had put up a combined five runs in Scherzer's previous three starts. None of that worried Scherzer, who trusted the Nationals offense to break through, even if he had to get it on the act a bit.

Scherzer got Washington's third hit of the game and reached second on a throwing error, one inning before the Nationals turned four hits into four runs in the sixth.

The Nationals scored their most runs in an outing since putting up six at Atlanta on April 3, a span of 10 games.

Blackmon, who had missed the last four games for Colorado with right quad tightness, hit his fifth homer of the season. The Rockies had won three in a row.

Jon Gray (1-3) allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out six.

''I can't stress how frustrating it is to go out there and cruise, and let it all go to waste,'' Gray said.

Bryce Harper doubled and singled. He scored to give the Nationals their first lead at 3-2 in the sixth after Washington manager Dave Martinez challenged the ruling on the field that Harper was out at the plate on a bunt by Michael A. Taylor, a call that was overturned.

''From where I was he looked safe, he really did,'' Martinez said. ''I thought he slid under the tag and had his feet in and it worked out.''

Moises Sierra drove in two runs for Washington in his first big league start since 2014 with the White Sox. He played in place of outfielder Brian Goodwin was a late scratch with a sore left wrist, which has sidelined him since he left in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Braves.

SERVING TIME

Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension for his part in Wednesday's brawl with the Padres. Outfielder Gerardo Parra, who is facing a four-game suspension for the same incident, was in the lineup and scored on Blackmon's home run in the first after drawing a walk.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon (toe) was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. He left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his left big toe in the fifth inning. ''He's sore, real sore,'' Martinez said. ''He's probably going to be day-to-day. The X-rays are negative so that's a good sign. He took a pretty big blow to his big toe so we'll see how he feels.'' ... Martinez said Goodwin became sore taking swings in the cage during warmups and will be reevaluated on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (0-0, 5.65) had a season-high eight strikeouts in his last start against the Padres on April 10.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-1, 2.21) is 4-4 with a 3.97 ERA in eight career starts against the Rockies.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (3-1)L: J. Gray (1-3)
  • HR: COL - C. Blackmon (5), WAS - M. Wieters (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B40000022.308.375.569.944-1.0
G. Parra LF31000110.245.315.327.6411.5
C. Blackmon CF41121030.279.380.6741.0545.5
C. Gonzalez RF40000010.236.259.473.731-0.5
I. Desmond 1B30000020.185.196.370.567-1.0
C. Rusin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Story SS30000020.190.277.379.656-1.0
R. McMahon 3B30100020.087.192.087.2790.0
T. Wolters C20000110.188.316.188.5030.5
J. Gray P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Turner SS40100103.211.338.281.6194.0
    W. Difo 2B41210021.286.394.393.7873.0
    B. Harper RF31200100.292.456.6881.1437.0
    M. Adams 1B40000016.185.333.481.815-0.5
    R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    M. Wieters C42221002.214.353.429.7829.0
    M. Taylor CF41110020.167.196.185.3822.0
    M. Sierra LF40120010.222.222.444.6673.5
    M. Reynolds 3B40100010.125.125.125.2500.5
    M. Scherzer P20100000.300.300.300.6001.0
    a- R. Zimmerman PH-1B11100100.136.224.250.4743.0
    • a-singled for Scherzer in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Blackmon (5)
    • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (8)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Harper, M. Sierra (2)
    • HR - M. Wieters
    • RBI - W. Difo, M. Wieters 2 (2), M. Taylor (2), M. Sierra 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Wieters
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Turner (6), B. Harper (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Blackmon
    • E - C. Gonzalez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray (L, 1-3)5.28551616.231.52-1.0
    A. Senzatela0.12110009.001.63-3.0
    C. Rusin2.02002107.001.562.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray (L, 1-3)5.2
    A. Senzatela0.1
    C. Rusin2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Scherzer (W, 3-1)7.012211111.330.6732.5
    R. Madson1.01001102.351.571.5
    S. Doolittle1.00000202.570.714.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Scherzer (W, 3-1)7.0
    R. Madson1.0
    S. Doolittle1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Rusin
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 94-64, A. Senzatela 13-8, C. Rusin 32-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-7, C. Rusin 2-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, A. Senzatela 3, C. Rusin 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 103-70, R. Madson 23-16, S. Doolittle 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-6, R. Madson 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 23, R. Madson 5, S. Doolittle 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B40000022.308.375.569.944-1.0
    G. Parra LF31000110.245.315.327.6411.5
    C. Blackmon CF41121030.279.380.6741.0545.5
    C. Gonzalez RF40000010.236.259.473.731-0.5
    I. Desmond 1B30000020.185.196.370.567-1.0
    C. Rusin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Story SS30000020.190.277.379.656-1.0
    R. McMahon 3B30100020.087.192.087.2790.0
    T. Wolters C20000110.188.316.188.5030.5
    J. Gray P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Senzatela P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    P. Valaika 1B10000002.067.097.100.1970.0
    Total2922212144-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Turner SS40100103.211.338.281.6194.0
      W. Difo 2B41210021.286.394.393.7873.0
      B. Harper RF31200100.292.456.6881.1437.0
      M. Adams 1B40000016.185.333.481.815-0.5
      R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      M. Wieters C42221002.214.353.429.7829.0
      M. Taylor CF41110020.167.196.185.3822.0
      M. Sierra LF40120010.222.222.444.6673.5
      M. Reynolds 3B40100010.125.125.125.2500.5
      M. Scherzer P20100000.300.300.300.6001.0
      a- R. Zimmerman PH-1B11100100.136.224.250.4743.0
      Total34612613712-----
      • a-singled for Scherzer in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Blackmon (5)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (8)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Harper, M. Sierra (2)
      • HR - M. Wieters
      • RBI - W. Difo, M. Wieters 2 (2), M. Taylor (2), M. Sierra 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Wieters
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Turner (6), B. Harper (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Blackmon
      • E - C. Gonzalez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (L, 1-3)5.28551616.231.52-1.0
      A. Senzatela0.12110009.001.63-3.0
      C. Rusin2.02002107.001.562.5
      Total8.01266371---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (L, 1-3)5.2
      A. Senzatela0.1
      C. Rusin2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Scherzer (W, 3-1)7.012211111.330.6732.5
      R. Madson1.01001102.351.571.5
      S. Doolittle1.00000202.570.714.0
      Total9.02222141---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Scherzer (W, 3-1)7.0
      R. Madson1.0
      S. Doolittle1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Rusin
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 94-64, A. Senzatela 13-8, C. Rusin 32-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-7, C. Rusin 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, A. Senzatela 3, C. Rusin 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 103-70, R. Madson 23-16, S. Doolittle 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-6, R. Madson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 23, R. Madson 5, S. Doolittle 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Difo singled to right, Zimmerman scored, Turner to second26
      • 6TH INNING
        Sierra doubled to deep right center, Wieters and Taylor scored, Sierra out at third25
        Taylor reached on bunt single to pitcher, Harper scored, Wieters to second23
        Wieters singled to left, Difo scored, Harper to third22
      • 4TH INNING
        Wieters homered to right center21
      • 1ST INNING
        Blackmon homered to right, Parra scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Ryan Madson
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Madson pitching
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, McMahon singled to deep right center
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked, McMahon to second
        • P. Valaika: Valaika popped out to shortstop
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sierra grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds singled to center
        • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmerman walked
        • T. Turner: Turner flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to second
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Zimmerman hit for Max Scherzer
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zimmerman singled to right
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Turner singled to right, Zimmerman to third
        • Chris Rusin pitching
        • Pat Valaika at first
        • W. Difo: Difo singled to right, Zimmerman scored, Turner to second
        • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked, Turner to third, Difo to second
        • M. Adams: Adams grounded into double play second to catcher to first, Turner out at home, Difo to third, Harper to second
        • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Wieters popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Gray: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gray grounded out to third
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike swinging, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to second
        • G. Parra: Parra popped bunt out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Difo singled to left
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Harper singled to center, Difo to third
        • M. Adams: Ball, Harper stole second, Foul, Foul, Adams popped out to first
        • M. Wieters: Wieters singled to left, Difo scored, Harper to third
        • M. Taylor: Taylor reached on bunt single to pitcher, Harper scored, Wieters to second
        • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Sierra doubled to deep right center, Wieters and Taylor scored, Sierra out at third
        • Antonio Senzatela relieved Jon Gray
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds popped out to second
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Story popped out to first
        • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wolters flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Sierra: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Scherzer singled to right, Scherzer to second on right fielder Gonzalez fielding error
        • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harper lined out to right
        • M. Adams: Adams lined out to center
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Wieters homered to right center
        • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Gray: Strike looking, Gray grounded out to first
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Parra flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Scherzer: Scherzer grounded out to pitcher
        • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Turner walked
        • W. Difo: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner stole second, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • T. Story: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, McMahon struck out looking
        • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Wieters: Wieters lined out to left
        • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
        • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sierra flied out to deep left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra walked
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon homered to right, Parra scored
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
        • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Harper doubled to left center
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)