Scherzer loses 2nd start in row, Blue Jays blank Nats 2-0

TORONTO (AP) Max Scherzer had gone more than two months without a defeat. Now the Washington Nationals ace has lost consecutive starts for the first time in nearly three years.

Marco Estrada took a shutout into the seventh inning, Devon Travis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Scherzer and the Nationals 2-0 on Saturday.

Scherzer (10-3) gave up four hits, including the two-run homer by Travis, in six innings. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out 10, increasing his major league-leading total to 152.

Scherzer has 10 double-digit strikeout games this season, four more than any other pitcher.

Beaten by a two-run home run from San Francisco's Brandon Crawford in his previous outing, Scherzer saw this start turn on another two-run homer, with Travis jumping on a hanging slider in the fifth.

''This is Major League Baseball,'' Scherzer said. ''One pitch can cost you a game. Now I've had it happen twice in back-to-back starts. You can get beat like that. I've got to keep executing every single pitch I throw.''

Scherzer last lost two straight starts in a three-game skid in August 2015.

''He pitched really well,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''One mistake.''

Travis homered for the second game in a row, going deep to right after Scherzer hit Luke Maile with a pitch.

''He doesn't make many mistakes so when he does, you'd better hope you take advantage of it,'' Travis said. ''If not, it's probably the only one you're going to get for the day.''

Estrada (4-6) allowed three hits, one a bunt single, over 6 2/3 innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

''He's a big-game pitcher and that's a really tough lineup over there,'' Travis said of Estrada. ''He did a fantastic job today.''

The Blue Jays posted their first shutout since Aug. 10, 2017 against the Yankees, snapping a franchise-long 117-game span between shutouts.

Trea Turner hit a two-out double in the sixth, but Estrada struck out Bryce Harper looking. An exasperated Harper was caught looking again to end the eighth, stranding a runner at first. Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .221.

''What I think I'd like for him to do is maybe not swing so much,'' Martinez said. ''He's been swinging a lot, and I really think now is the time to take less swings and just go play.''

Washington has been blanked three times in five games, including Scherzer's 2-0 loss to San Francisco on June 10 and a 3-0 road loss to the Yankees on June 12.

''It's surprising but it happens,'' Martinez said. ''Sometimes you run into good pitchers.''

Estrada left after Michael A. Taylor's two-out single put runners at first and second in the seventh. Danny Barnes came on and needed two pitches to retire Wilmer Difo on a groundout.

Barnes and Aaron Loup each got two outs and former Nationals closer Tyler Clippard finished the three-hitter for his third save in six opportunities.

SWEET DREAMS

Travis said it can be tough to get a good night's rest when Scherzer is scheduled to pitch the following day.

''He's a guy when you go to sleep at night, you know you're facing Max Scherzer the next day and your heart starts to beat a little bit already,'' Travis said. ''You know you're up for a big challenge. He's the best in the game.''

SEEN YOU BEFORE

Travis was drafted by Detroit, where Scherzer played from 2010 to 2014. During his first spring training with the Tigers, Travis faced Scherzer multiple times during intrasquad games.

RARE FEAT

Scherzer hadn't given up a homer to a right-handed batter since Giancarlo Stanton connected for Miami on Aug. 7, 2017.

HOME COOKING

Toronto has won six straight at home after losing 10 of its previous 11 at Rogers Centre.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Matt Adams was out of the lineup one day after taking a pitch off his left hand while attempting to bunt. X-rays Friday were inconclusive because of swelling, so Adams will have another X-ray when the Nationals return home Monday. With Adams unavailable, Daniel Murphy started at first, his first defensive action since returning from knee surgery Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (3-7, 3.63) faces Blue Jays RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 3.66) in Sunday's series finale. Roark has won just once in his past seven starts. Gaviglio allowed a season-worst five earned runs in Monday's loss at Tampa Bay, his second straight losing decision.

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  • W: M. Estrada (4-6)L: M. Scherzer (10-3)S: T. Clippard (3)
  • HR: TOR - D. Travis (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rendon 3B20000200.260.340.442.7822.0
D. Murphy 1B40000002.067.125.067.1920.0
J. Soto LF40000022.319.417.5971.014-1.0
M. Taylor CF30200010.226.293.385.6781.5
W. Difo 2B30000004.237.304.345.6490.0
P. Severino C30000010.197.296.250.546-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson RF40100020.253.370.438.8080.0
    R. Grichuk RF00000000.174.252.358.6100.0
    J. Smoak 1B40000022.227.359.413.772-1.0
    Y. Solarte 3B40000000.256.310.470.7800.0
    T. Hernandez LF20000120.259.309.532.8410.0
    K. Morales DH30100011.221.280.360.6410.5
    K. Pillar CF30000032.251.287.422.709-1.5
    A. Diaz SS30000010.226.273.387.660-0.5
    L. Maile C21000010.240.342.404.7461.5
    D. Travis 2B31221010.229.283.381.6657.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Turner (12)
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Travis (4)
      • RBI - D. Travis 2 (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Scherzer (L, 10-3)6.042211012.060.8414.0
      W. Suero2.00000303.381.137.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Scherzer (L, 10-3)6.0
      W. Suero2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (W, 4-6)6.23002404.661.3225.0
      D. Barnes (H, 7)0.20000003.671.440.0
      A. Loup (H, 4)0.20001103.961.36-0.5
      T. Clippard (S, 3)1.00000103.241.1710.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (W, 4-6)6.2
      D. Barnes (H, 7)0.2
      A. Loup (H, 4)0.2
      T. Clippard (S, 3)1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Scherzer (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 108-75, W. Suero 23-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-4, W. Suero 2-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, W. Suero 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 109-76, D. Barnes 3-3, A. Loup 14-7, T. Clippard 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-11, D. Barnes 1-1, A. Loup 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 25, D. Barnes 2, A. Loup 3, T. Clippard 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Eaton DH40000000.320.382.520.9020.0
      T. Turner SS30100100.257.340.386.7263.0
      B. Harper RF40000022.221.361.489.850-1.0
      A. Rendon 3B20000200.260.340.442.7822.0
      D. Murphy 1B40000002.067.125.067.1920.0
      J. Soto LF40000022.319.417.5971.014-1.0
      M. Taylor CF30200010.226.293.385.6781.5
      W. Difo 2B30000004.237.304.345.6490.0
      P. Severino C30000010.197.296.250.546-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Granderson RF40100020.253.370.438.8080.0
        R. Grichuk RF00000000.174.252.358.6100.0
        J. Smoak 1B40000022.227.359.413.772-1.0
        Y. Solarte 3B40000000.256.310.470.7800.0
        T. Hernandez LF20000120.259.309.532.8410.0
        K. Morales DH30100011.221.280.360.6410.5
        K. Pillar CF30000032.251.287.422.709-1.5
        A. Diaz SS30000010.226.273.387.660-0.5
        L. Maile C21000010.240.342.404.7461.5
        D. Travis 2B31221010.229.283.381.6657.5
        Total2824211135-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Turner (12)
          BATTING
          • HR - D. Travis (4)
          • RBI - D. Travis 2 (11)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Scherzer (L, 10-3)6.042211012.060.8414.0
          W. Suero2.00000303.381.137.5
          Total8.04221131---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Scherzer (L, 10-3)6.0
          W. Suero2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Estrada (W, 4-6)6.23002404.661.3225.0
          D. Barnes (H, 7)0.20000003.671.440.0
          A. Loup (H, 4)0.20001103.961.36-0.5
          T. Clippard (S, 3)1.00000103.241.1710.5
          Total9.0300360---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Estrada (W, 4-6)6.2
          D. Barnes (H, 7)0.2
          A. Loup (H, 4)0.2
          T. Clippard (S, 3)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Scherzer (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 108-75, W. Suero 23-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-4, W. Suero 2-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, W. Suero 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 109-76, D. Barnes 3-3, A. Loup 14-7, T. Clippard 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-11, D. Barnes 1-1, A. Loup 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 25, D. Barnes 2, A. Loup 3, T. Clippard 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Travis homered to left center, Maile scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Aaron Loup
            • Randal Grichuk in right field
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep center
            • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Murphy popped out to third
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Soto struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Barnes Pitching:
            • P. Severino: Severino popped bunt out to pitcher
            • Aaron Loup relieved Danny Barnes
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to third
            • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner walked
            • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Suero Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
            • Y. Solarte: Solarte lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
            • D. Murphy: Murphy lined out to center
            • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Soto flied out to center
            • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Taylor singled to shallow center, Rendon to second
            • Danny Barnes relieved Marco Estrada
            • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Wander Suero relieved Max Scherzer
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Maile grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • P. Severino: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Severino struck out on foul tip
            • A. Eaton: Foul, Eaton grounded out to third
            • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner doubled to left center
            • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Scherzer Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • K. Morales: Morales singled to right
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • J. Soto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soto grounded out to second
            • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
            • W. Difo: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Difo fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Scherzer Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Maile hit by pitch
            • D. Travis: Foul, Travis homered to left center, Maile scored
            • C. Granderson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Granderson flied out to deep left
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • B. Harper: Harper fouled out to catcher
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon lined out to left
            • D. Murphy: Strike swinging, Murphy lined out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Scherzer Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte fouled out to third
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Morales lined out to third
            • K. Pillar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Severino lined out to third
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Eaton flied out to shallow center
            • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Scherzer Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Diaz fouled out to third
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis singled to shallow right
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Granderson reached on an infield single to second, Travis to second
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
            • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy flied out to shallow right
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
            • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor reached on bunt single to shortstop, Rendon to second
            • W. Difo: Ball, Difo flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Scherzer Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
            • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Scherzer Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Smoak grounded out to catcher
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)