Scherzer fans 11, pitches Nationals past Diamondbacks 3-1

PHOENIX (AP) Energized by teammate Trea Turner's leadoff home run and working out of an early jam, Max Scherzer cruised to another victory Friday night.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award struck out 11 over seven innings of four-hit ball, and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

Scherzer (7-1) retired 15 in a row after giving up a home run to David Peralta leading off the third inning. The five-time All-Star also hit an RBI double, and remained unbeaten since April 4.

''It could have been quick outs in the beginning or quick outs in the end,'' Scherzer said. ''I was on the attack.''

Anthony Rendon also homered for the Nationals, who have won five of six. Sean Doolittle earned his second save in as many nights and eighth of the season.

Doolittle gave up a hit to struggling slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who after going 1 for 4 Friday is 3 for his last 38.

''You feel bad and you want to contribute to the team. I have gone 0-for-4, 0-for-5 and punched out plenty of times and know that (manager Torey Lovullo) has to deal with questions from you guys,'' Goldschmidt said. ''I feel bad that my lack of production wears on other guys on this team and wears on the manager and he has to deal with it.''

Matt Koch (2-1) went eight innings and allowed three runs and seven hits. The Diamondbacks have lost three straight for the second time this month.

Turner opened the game with his seventh career leadoff home run, landing near the Arizona bullpen. Peralta tied it at 1 with his seventh homer.

''He gives us a chance to win every outing,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of Scherzer. ''We got that run for him early and for him, he doesn't want to let the guys down.''

The Diamondbacks had runners on second and third and none out against Scherzer in the bottom of the first, after a Peralta single and bunt single by Jarrod Dyson on which Scherzer overthrew first base. But Scherzer retired the next three hitters without allowing a run, two on strikeouts.

Scherzer was charged with his first error the season. He helped himself in the fourth with a two-out, ground rule double that gave Washington the lead.

''I love RBIs, man,'' Scherzer said. ''I compete at the plate.''

Washington left fielder Andrew Stevenson made a diving catch in the fifth to take away a hit from Nick Ahmed.

Rendon connected for his third home run in the eighth. The next batter, Matt Adams, had a potential homer taken away by right fielder Chris Owings, who reached over the fence for the catch.

''I know our bullpen has been used quite a bit lately, so that is what I am always trying to do. Go as deep as I can,'' Koch said.

STAR TURN TIMES THREE

Koch faced a former Cy Young Award winner for the third consecutive start in Scherzer. On May 1 he was matched up against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, and on May 6, Justin Verlander of the Astros.

CART SHARK

Doolittle came out from the bullpen in the visitors' bullpen cart for the second straight night, again with successful results.

''Maybe we need to bring that to Nats Park,'' Scherzer said.

BRIEFLY BARRETT

The Diamondbacks called up right-handed pitcher Jake Barrett from Triple-A Reno before Friday's game, after optioning reliever Silvino Bracho to Reno after Thursday's game. Barrett pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning then was returned to Reno to make room for Saturday's starter, Troy Scribner.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: OF Adam Eaton was placed on the 60-day disabled list after arthroscopic ankle surgery on Thursday, and will be out until at least early June. ... C Matt Wieters went on the 10-day DL after suffering a left hamstring strain in Thursday night's game. C Spencer Kieboom was brought up from Triple-A Syracuse.

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller pitched three scoreless innings with five strikeouts in an extended spring training game on Friday, his first rehab outing since undergoing Tommy John surgery a year ago.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (4-3, 3.52 earned run average) is also 4-3 in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks, the team he faces on Saturday.

Diamondbacks: Scribner was 2-1 with 5.68 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Reno this season.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (7-1)L: M. Koch (2-1)S: S. Doolittle (8)
  • HR: WAS - A. Rendon (3), T. Turner (4), ARI - D. Peralta (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS41111010.273.374.409.7835.5
B. Harper RF40100000.229.400.527.9272.0
A. Rendon 3B31111111.284.370.469.8396.5
M. Adams 1B40000012.284.394.6701.065-0.5
A. Stevenson LF31000001.294.333.353.6862.0
M. Taylor CF40100011.190.260.321.5811.5
P. Severino C40100001.266.385.328.7131.0
M. Scherzer P30210001.292.292.333.6254.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Sierra PH10000000.173.224.212.4360.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Difo 2B30000004.270.368.380.7480.0
  • a-grounded out for Kintzler in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF41211010.302.390.524.9146.5
J. Dyson CF30100010.176.239.329.5690.5
a- D. Marrero PH10000010.196.250.235.485-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100022.219.344.394.7380.0
D. Descalso 3B30000012.263.357.516.872-0.5
b- A. Pollock PH10000011.295.351.640.991-0.5
C. Owings RF40000013.212.274.337.611-0.5
A. Avila C30000030.138.263.231.494-1.5
K. Marte 2B30100000.219.282.314.5963.0
N. Ahmed SS30000011.213.284.418.702-0.5
M. Koch P20000011.143.250.143.393-0.5
c- S. Souza PH10000010.143.280.143.423-0.5
J. Barrett P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Dyson in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Descalso in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Koch in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (3), M. Taylor (9), M. Scherzer
  • HR - T. Turner (4), A. Rendon (3)
  • RBI - T. Turner (14), A. Rendon (9), M. Scherzer (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Scherzer (3)
BATTING
  • 3B - K. Marte (3)
  • HR - D. Peralta (7)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (20)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Scherzer
FIELDING
  • DP - (Goldschmidt-Ahmed)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 7-1)7.041101111.690.8231.5
B. Kintzler (H, 9)1.00000103.481.263.5
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.01000201.530.5110.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 7-1)7.0
B. Kintzler (H, 9)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Koch (L, 2-1)8.07331322.430.9912.5
J. Barrett1.00000100.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Koch (L, 2-1)8.0
J. Barrett1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 99-72, B. Kintzler 10-7, S. Doolittle 17-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 1-9, B. Kintzler 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 25, B. Kintzler 3, S. Doolittle 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Koch (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Koch 97-67, J. Barrett 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Koch 8-12, J. Barrett 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Koch 32, J. Barrett 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS41111010.273.374.409.7835.5
B. Harper RF40100000.229.400.527.9272.0
A. Rendon 3B31111111.284.370.469.8396.5
M. Adams 1B40000012.284.394.6701.065-0.5
A. Stevenson LF31000001.294.333.353.6862.0
M. Taylor CF40100011.190.260.321.5811.5
P. Severino C40100001.266.385.328.7131.0
M. Scherzer P30210001.292.292.333.6254.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Sierra PH10000000.173.224.212.4360.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Difo 2B30000004.270.368.380.7480.0
Total3337321411-----
  • a-grounded out for Kintzler in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF41211010.302.390.524.9146.5
J. Dyson CF30100010.176.239.329.5690.5
a- D. Marrero PH10000010.196.250.235.485-0.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100022.219.344.394.7380.0
D. Descalso 3B30000012.263.357.516.872-0.5
b- A. Pollock PH10000011.295.351.640.991-0.5
C. Owings RF40000013.212.274.337.611-0.5
A. Avila C30000030.138.263.231.494-1.5
K. Marte 2B30100000.219.282.314.5963.0
N. Ahmed SS30000011.213.284.418.702-0.5
M. Koch P20000011.143.250.143.393-0.5
c- S. Souza PH10000010.143.280.143.423-0.5
J. Barrett P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Dyson in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Descalso in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Koch in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (3), M. Taylor (9), M. Scherzer
  • HR - T. Turner (4), A. Rendon (3)
  • RBI - T. Turner (14), A. Rendon (9), M. Scherzer (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Scherzer (3)
BATTING
  • 3B - K. Marte (3)
  • HR - D. Peralta (7)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (20)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Scherzer
FIELDING
  • DP - (Goldschmidt-Ahmed)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 7-1)7.041101111.690.8231.5
B. Kintzler (H, 9)1.00000103.481.263.5
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.01000201.530.5110.0
Total9.05110141---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 7-1)7.0
B. Kintzler (H, 9)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Koch (L, 2-1)8.07331322.430.9912.5
J. Barrett1.00000100.000.003.5
Total9.0733142---
PITCHERSIP
M. Koch (L, 2-1)8.0
J. Barrett1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 99-72, B. Kintzler 10-7, S. Doolittle 17-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 1-9, B. Kintzler 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 25, B. Kintzler 3, S. Doolittle 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Koch (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Koch 97-67, J. Barrett 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Koch 8-12, J. Barrett 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Koch 32, J. Barrett 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Rendon homered to center31
  • 4TH INNING
    Scherzer doubled to deep right, Stevenson scored, Severino to third21
  • 3RD INNING
    Peralta homered to right11
  • 1ST INNING
    Turner homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jake Barrett pitching
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • P. Severino: Severino grounded out to shortstop
    • Moises Sierra hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sierra grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • Deven Marrero hit for Jarrod Dyson
    • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt singled to left
    • A.J. Pollock hit for Daniel Descalso
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • C. Owings: Foul, Strike looking, Owings lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Harper grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon homered to center
    • M. Adams: Foul, Ball, Adams flied out to deep right
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Stevenson flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Max Scherzer
    • N. Ahmed: Ahmed lined out to right
    • Steven Souza hit for Matt Koch
    • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Scherzer singled to center
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Difo grounded into double play shortstop to first, Scherzer out at second
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Ball, Strike swinging, Owings lined out to right
    • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Foul, Marte popped bunt out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • A. Stevenson: Strike (foul tip), Stevenson lined out to left
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Taylor flied out to center
    • P. Severino: Severino lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Dyson fouled out to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined out to right
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Descalso grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Foul, Harper lined out to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adams grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ahmed lined out to left
    • M. Koch: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Koch lined out to right
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Stevenson hit by pitch
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Taylor lined out to center
    • P. Severino: Severino singled to left, Stevenson to second
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer doubled to deep right, Stevenson scored, Severino to third
    • W. Difo: Foul, Difo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Owings flied out to deep right
    • A. Avila: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Avila struck out looking
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner flied out to shallow right
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper flied out to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Peralta homered to right
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Taylor doubled to left
    • P. Severino: Foul, Foul, Severino grounded out to second, Taylor to third
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo popped out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte tripled to deep center
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
    • M. Koch: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Koch struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Koch Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Turner homered to left
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Harper doubled to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep right, Harper to third
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams flied out to shallow center
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Strike swinging, Stevenson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Ball, Peralta singled to left center
    • J. Dyson: Foul, Dyson reached on bunt single to pitcher, Peralta to third on pitcher Scherzer fielding error
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt struck out looking
    • D. Descalso: Descalso popped out to first
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)