Birthday boy Scherzer strikes out 11, Nats pound Marlins

MIAMI (AP) A few more starts like this, and Max Scherzer could be collecting his fourth Cy Young Award.

Scherzer allowed one unearned run and struck out 11 in eight innings on his 34th birthday, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 9-1 on Friday night.

''He was good,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''His cutter was really, really filthy today. He was good all day today. Kudos to him. He works his butt off and he comes out and competes every time he goes out there.''

Scherzer (14-5) allowed three hits and did not walk a batter while throwing 74 of his 106 pitches for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 2.30.

''He looked like he was on both edges,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''Guys were coming back shaking their heads.''

Scherzer struck out the side in both the third and the sixth on his way to his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season - his first since striking out 10 on June 16 at Toronto.

''We knew they were going to come out aggressive and they did, and how do we work around that?'' Scherzer said. ''For (catcher Matt) Wieters back there, we were on the same page of what we needed to do and tonight we came up with a good game plan. When we have a good game plan, that's when Wieters and I can have a lot of success.''

He reached the 200-strikeout mark for the seventh consecutive season, tying Roger Clemens and Walter Johnson for the second-longest streak in major league history. Tom Seaver had nine straight.

''It's special,'' Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy said. ''There's really no other way to describe it. I've said it before that I think that one day I'll look back on this time watching Max. He's almost so good that you take it for granted, but I think one day 10 or 15 years from now when he's probably being enshrined in Cooperstown and I'll tell my son I got to play behind him.''

Scherzer did not allow a baserunner until the fourth, when he hit Brian Anderson with a pitch, and did not allow a hit until the fifth, when Martin Prado grounded one up the middle with one out.

His counterpart, Pablo Lopez (2-2), allowed nine hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

''The way he competes on the mound is something that I admire,'' Lopez said. ''I've always been a Scherzer fan. Watching him has been fun, but at the same time there is a job that needs to be done and go out and do my job with the support of my teammates.''

Juan Soto homered, tripled and drove in three runs, Matt Adams had three hits and two RBIs and Bryce Harper drove in two for the Nationals, who beat the Marlins for the 16th time in 17 games, including eight straight in Miami.

A day after scoring 10 runs on 13 hits, including nine extra-base hits, the Nationals recorded at least one hit in every inning and finished with 16 hits - five going for extra bases.

''You want to just put teams away and we've been able to do that the last few games,'' Martinez said. ''It's good to see. These guys are starting to swing the bats a lot better.''

Soto's 13th home run, the third in as many games for the 19-year-old rookie, gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead in the second.

Washington added two more runs in the third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Harper.

The Marlins scored in the seventh after third baseman Mark Reynolds committed two errors on one play, putting Starlin Castro on second. Reynolds could have been charged with another miscue on the next play as Martin Prado's ground ball got by him, allowing the run to score.

Harper singled through the left side for a 5-1 lead in the eighth. Adams followed by knocking in a run, Soto added a two-run triple and Daniel Murphy had an RBI single.

''We piled on runs and we blew the doors open,'' Scherzer said.

SOTO TIES MANTLE

Soto tied Mickey Mantle for sixth-most home runs all-time as a teenager with 13.

PRADO VS. SCHERZER

Prado went 2 for 3 against Scherzer to raise his career batting average against the three-time Cy Young Award winner to .474 (18 for 38). The 18 hits are the most by any player against Scherzer.

''He's an attacker,'' Prado said. ''I just try to stay calm and wait for that location. I know he's going to attack. And sometimes you get lucky.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck) received a shot on Thursday and could resume throwing after a three-day rest period depending on how he feels. He is expected to return to the team in Miami on Saturday after being in Los Angeles. ''I actually think it's good news,'' Martinez said. ''We know it's not his shoulder and we know exactly what it is, so now it's just getting him better, getting him right. He's one of the best in baseball and we miss him and we need him. We really do. I want him totally healthy and ready to go.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-7, 3.94 ERA) will start the third game of the series on Saturday night. Gonzalez is 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in seven starts in his hometown.

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-5, 4.41) is 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA over his last six starts.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (14-5)L: P. Lopez (2-2)
  • HR: WAS - J. Soto (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Harper CF41220021.219.364.476.8404.0
M. Taylor CF00000000.239.299.370.6700.0
M. Adams 1B51320002.287.363.555.9186.0
J. Soto LF52331003.315.423.5811.00513.0
D. Murphy 2B40310100.277.325.384.7096.0
W. Difo 2B00000000.240.300.339.6390.0
M. Reynolds 3B40000104.278.363.540.9031.0
S. Solis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Wieters C31000112.200.300.314.6141.5
a- S. Kieboom PH-C10000010.230.294.262.556-0.5
M. Scherzer P21100001.277.320.298.6183.0
b- M. Reynolds PH-3B10100000.154.214.154.3681.0
  • a-struck out for Wieters in the 9th
  • b-singled for Scherzer in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF40000032.283.348.454.802-1.5
B. Anderson RF30000012.283.363.414.7770.5
J. Realmuto C40100012.309.359.535.8940.5
J. Bour 1B40000023.231.352.406.759-1.0
S. Castro 2B41000010.286.332.405.7370.5
M. Prado 3B40210000.238.281.305.5864.0
J. Riddle SS40000012.236.267.394.661-0.5
M. Sierra CF20000011.100.100.100.200-0.5
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Lopez P10000010.250.333.250.583-0.5
C. Maybin CF10000100.253.339.343.6821.0
  • a-flied out for Hernandez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (7), T. Turner (16), D. Murphy (6)
  • 3B - J. Soto
  • HR - J. Soto (13)
  • SF - B. Harper (7)
  • SH - M. Scherzer (2)
  • RBI - B. Harper 2 (62), M. Adams 2 (43), J. Soto 3 (36), D. Murphy (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (17), M. Adams 2 (18), J. Soto 2 (17), D. Murphy (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Prado (7)
  • RBI - M. Prado (11)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Murphy, M. Reynolds 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Sierra (2)
  • DP - (Prado-Castro-Bour)
  • E - C. Maybin (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 14-5)8.031011102.300.9035.5
S. Solis1.00000005.041.453.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 14-5)8.0
S. Solis1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 2-2)5.29442315.341.29-3.5
E. Hernandez1.11002205.911.581.0
J. Guerra1.05551008.311.73-8.0
K. Barraclough1.01000102.401.072.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 2-2)5.2
E. Hernandez1.1
J. Guerra1.0
K. Barraclough1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 106-74, S. Solis 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-8, S. Solis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 31, S. Solis 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Lopez (2)
  • IBB - E. Hernandez (3)
  • HBP - P. Lopez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 97-58, E. Hernandez 30-17, J. Guerra 33-21, K. Barraclough 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 7-5, J. Guerra 2-1, K. Barraclough 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 27, E. Hernandez 7, J. Guerra 9, K. Barraclough 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF41100202.314.407.418.8255.0
T. Turner SS62200026.265.337.412.7494.0
B. Harper CF41220021.219.364.476.8404.0
M. Taylor CF00000000.239.299.370.6700.0
M. Adams 1B51320002.287.363.555.9186.0
J. Soto LF52331003.315.423.5811.00513.0
D. Murphy 2B40310100.277.325.384.7096.0
W. Difo 2B00000000.240.300.339.6390.0
M. Reynolds 3B40000104.278.363.540.9031.0
S. Solis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Wieters C31000112.200.300.314.6141.5
a- S. Kieboom PH-C10000010.230.294.262.556-0.5
M. Scherzer P21100001.277.320.298.6183.0
b- M. Reynolds PH-3B10100000.154.214.154.3681.0
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  • a-struck out for Wieters in the 9th
  • b-singled for Scherzer in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF40000032.283.348.454.802-1.5
B. Anderson RF30000012.283.363.414.7770.5
J. Realmuto C40100012.309.359.535.8940.5
J. Bour 1B40000023.231.352.406.759-1.0
S. Castro 2B41000010.286.332.405.7370.5
M. Prado 3B40210000.238.281.305.5864.0
J. Riddle SS40000012.236.267.394.661-0.5
M. Sierra CF20000011.100.100.100.200-0.5
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Rojas PH10000001.254.310.347.6570.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Lopez P10000010.250.333.250.583-0.5
C. Maybin CF10000100.253.339.343.6821.0
Total32131011113-----
  • a-flied out for Hernandez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (7), T. Turner (16), D. Murphy (6)
  • 3B - J. Soto
  • HR - J. Soto (13)
  • SF - B. Harper (7)
  • SH - M. Scherzer (2)
  • RBI - B. Harper 2 (62), M. Adams 2 (43), J. Soto 3 (36), D. Murphy (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (17), M. Adams 2 (18), J. Soto 2 (17), D. Murphy (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Prado (7)
  • RBI - M. Prado (11)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Murphy, M. Reynolds 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Sierra (2)
  • DP - (Prado-Castro-Bour)
  • E - C. Maybin (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 14-5)8.031011102.300.9035.5
S. Solis1.00000005.041.453.0
Total9.03101110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 14-5)8.0
S. Solis1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 2-2)5.29442315.341.29-3.5
E. Hernandez1.11002205.911.581.0
J. Guerra1.05551008.311.73-8.0
K. Barraclough1.01000102.401.072.5
Total9.01699561---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 2-2)5.2
E. Hernandez1.1
J. Guerra1.0
K. Barraclough1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 106-74, S. Solis 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-8, S. Solis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 31, S. Solis 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Lopez (2)
  • IBB - E. Hernandez (3)
  • HBP - P. Lopez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 97-58, E. Hernandez 30-17, J. Guerra 33-21, K. Barraclough 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 7-5, J. Guerra 2-1, K. Barraclough 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 27, E. Hernandez 7, J. Guerra 9, K. Barraclough 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Murphy singled to right, Soto scored91
    Soto tripled to right center, Harper and Adams scored81
    Adams singled to center, Turner scored, Harper to third61
    Harper singled to left, Wieters scored, Turner to second51
  • 7TH INNING
    Prado doubled to left, Castro scored41
  • 3RD INNING
    Harper hit sacrifice fly to left, Eaton scored40
    Scherzer scored, Eaton to third on wild pitch30
  • 2ND INNING
    Soto homered to right center20
  • 1ST INNING
    Adams singled to center, Turner scored, Adams out at second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Javy Guerra
    • Spencer Kieboom hit for Matt Wieters
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kieboom struck out looking
    • Matt Reynolds hit for Max Scherzer
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Eaton lined out to center
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Reynolds out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Sammy Solis pitching
    • S. Castro: Castro flied out to right
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Prado grounded out to second
    • J. Riddle: Riddle lined out to left
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wieters to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Eaton flied out to center
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner reached on an infield single to second, Wieters to third
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Harper singled to left, Wieters scored, Turner to second
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams singled to center, Turner scored, Harper to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto tripled to right center, Harper and Adams scored
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy singled to right, Soto scored
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wilmer Difo at second base
    • Michael Taylor in center field
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Anderson lined out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Realmuto singled to center, Maybin to second
    • J. Bour: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Bour struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Adams fouled out to catcher
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soto singled to center, Soto to second on center fielder Maybin fielding error
    • D. Murphy: Murphy intentionally walked
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Bour flied out to right
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro safe at first on 1st baseman Reynolds fielding error, Castro to second
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado doubled to left, Castro scored
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Riddle grounded out to first, Prado to third
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Elieser Hernandez
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy doubled to deep center
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Strike swinging, Ball, Scherzer hit by pitch
    • Elieser Hernandez pitching
    • Cameron Maybin in center field
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Eaton walked, Murphy to third, Scherzer to second
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin safe at first on 2nd baseman Murphy fielding error
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Realmuto struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked
    • T. Turner: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Harper singled to left, Eaton to second
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Adams flied out to right
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Soto grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Castro lined out to center
    • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Prado singled to center
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Riddle lined out to center
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Sierra grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds walked, Murphy to second
    • M. Wieters: Strike swinging, Wieters reached on fielder's choice to second, Murphy to third, Reynolds out at second
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Scherzer grounded into double play third to second to first, Wieters out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson hit by pitch
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Realmuto reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Anderson out at second
    • J. Bour: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Scherzer singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton doubled to right, Scherzer to third
    • T. Turner: Ball, Scherzer scored, Eaton to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
    • B. Harper: Ball, Harper hit sacrifice fly to left, Eaton scored
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams singled to right
    • J. Soto: Soto grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • M. Sierra: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • P. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto homered to right center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Murphy lined out to left
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds flied out to right
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Bour flied out to center
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton lined out to left
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner doubled to right center
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Adams singled to center, Turner scored, Adams out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson popped out to second
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto lined out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)