Scherzer picks up 16th win, Nationals beat Marlins 8-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Max Scherzer is using all his tools to help keep the Nationals' playoff hopes alive.

Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings, doubled and scored twice as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-2 on Friday night for his major league-leading 16th win.

After throwing seven shutout innings against the Cubs on Sunday only to watch Chicago win on a walk-off grand slam, Scherzer (16-5) left with a 5-0 lead and watched the Nationals thwart a Marlins rally.

Scherzer allowed at least one baserunner in four of six innings but worked out of trouble as Washington opened a six-game homestand with little margin for error as it seeks to get back into playoff contention.

''They grinded me,'' Scherzer said. ''There were some spots in the game that could have swung the game the other way, and (Matt) Wieters did a great job behind the plate finding the right pitch to throw at the right time.''

Scherzer struck out seven with one walk and is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA over his last six starts.

Ryan Zimmerman and Wieters homered, and Bryce Harper and Adam Eaton had three hits each for Washington, which has won two straight after losing seven of its previous nine.

Scherzer, who also reached on a fielders' choice, has hit safely in seven of his last eight starts and is batting .296.

''I think biggest thing with Max is in big pressure situations ... he has the ability to put the ball in play to where you don't have that kind of strikeout sitting in the nine hole,'' Wieters said.

Austin Dean homered for his first career hit for the Marlins, who have lost six straight. Miami made two errors and Harper took advantage of center fielder Magneuris Sierra's tentative play to turn a single into a double.

''We should have some pride in what we're doing out there and I think we've showed that through the course of the season for the most part, but here in the recent days it's just unacceptable in what we're watching,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Miami's Dan Straily (4-6) allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings.

Mattingly was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes after Derek Dietrich was called out on a 3-2 pitch that appeared to be outside.

The Nationals went ahead 1-0 in the second on Zimmerman's 10th home run. After Wieters' solo shot made it 3-0 in the fourth, Scherzer doubled and scored on Eaton's double.

''That's why I put in the work, run in between days so I can run the bases and pitch,'' Scherzer said. ''For me, that's part of the game.''

Harper picked up his 500th career RBI with a single in the seventh, and Daniel Murphy extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The Marlins got two runs in the seventh off Trevor Gott, but three relievers held them scoreless for the final 2 1/3 innings.

ON APPEAL

Miami's Jose Urena is appealing his six-game suspension for intentionally hitting the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch. Mattingly didn't rule out using Urena this weekend against the Nationals.

RIDE SHARE

The Nationals introduced their new bullpen cart, which will transport relief pitchers to the front of their respective dugouts before they take the mound. The Nationals are the third team in 2018 to use a bullpen vehicle, joining the Diamondbacks and the Tigers. None of Friday's relievers rode in the cart.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Kyle Barraclough (lower back stiffness) is scheduled to throw off a mound again on Saturday. ... INF Martin Prado (left quad strain) started baseball activity Friday with hitting and throwing.

Nationals: Manager Dave Martinez said an MRI on RHP Jeremy Hellickson's right wrist revealed a ''bad sprain'' and he'll go on the disabled list when the team determines the corresponding move. ... RHP Stephen Strasburg (cervical nerve impingement) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-9, 5.32) makes his third start of the season against the Nationals. He's 0-1 with 6.17 ERA versus Washington in 2018.

Nationals: LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 5.24) opposes the Marlins for the second time this season. He allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings of a no-decision on July 26.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (16-5)L: D. Straily (4-6)
  • HR: MIA - A. Dean (1), WAS - R. Zimmerman (10), M. Wieters (5)
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S. Castro 2B40100002.281.329.399.7281.0
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  • a-singled for Straily in the 7th
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M. Taylor CF10000000.238.300.377.6770.0
T. Turner SS50000004.267.336.407.7430.0
B. Harper CF-RF42320000.248.384.518.9028.0
A. Rendon 3B21210000.298.356.508.8645.0
J. Soto LF40110014.293.414.530.9441.5
R. Zimmerman 1B41111001.257.327.503.8296.0
D. Murphy 2B40100000.306.348.454.8021.0
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  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Dean
  • RBI - A. Dean, M. Rojas (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Ortega, D. Dietrich 2 (2), S. Castro, D. Straily 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (9), B. Harper (23), M. Scherzer (2)
  • HR - R. Zimmerman (10), M. Wieters (5)
  • SF - A. Rendon (7)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (21), B. Harper 2 (79), A. Rendon (60), J. Soto (44), R. Zimmerman (36), M. Wieters (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton (11), B. Harper (28), R. Zimmerman (20), M. Wieters (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, J. Soto 3 (3), M. Wieters 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Ortega
FIELDING
  • DP - (Riddle-Dietrich)
  • E - J. Garcia (2), R. Ortega
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rendon-Murphy-Zimmerman; Wieters-Rendon)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Straily (L, 4-6)6.09550224.601.410.0
J. Garcia0.12220005.031.27-4.0
T. Guerrero0.23110104.241.54-3.5
J. Guerra1.00000105.401.503.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Straily (L, 4-6)6.0
J. Garcia0.1
T. Guerrero0.2
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 16-5)6.05001702.110.8925.5
T. Gott0.23220015.681.53-5.0
M. Grace (H, 4)0.10000102.601.130.5
W. Suero1.01000103.381.132.5
G. Holland1.00000106.602.033.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 16-5)6.0
T. Gott0.2
M. Grace (H, 4)0.1
W. Suero1.0
G. Holland1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Straily
  • HBP - D. Straily (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Straily 101-65, J. Garcia 12-6, T. Guerrero 19-13, J. Guerra 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Straily 7-8, J. Garcia 1-0, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Straily 27, J. Garcia 3, T. Guerrero 5, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 96-62, T. Gott 17-11, M. Grace 6-3, W. Suero 18-13, G. Holland 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-5, T. Gott 2-0, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 22, T. Gott 5, M. Grace, W. Suero 4, G. Holland 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Realmuto C30100101.293.351.504.8552.0
B. Anderson 3B40000024.276.354.400.754-1.0
D. Dietrich 1B40100023.269.333.428.7610.0
S. Castro 2B40100002.281.329.399.7281.0
A. Dean LF41111001.143.143.571.7146.0
J. Riddle SS41200010.216.254.347.6022.5
M. Sierra CF40000023.169.169.197.366-1.0
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  • a-singled for Straily in the 7th
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A. Eaton RF41310000.290.374.376.7506.0
M. Taylor CF10000000.238.300.377.6770.0
T. Turner SS50000004.267.336.407.7430.0
B. Harper CF-RF42320000.248.384.518.9028.0
A. Rendon 3B21210000.298.356.508.8645.0
J. Soto LF40110014.293.414.530.9441.5
R. Zimmerman 1B41111001.257.327.503.8296.0
D. Murphy 2B40100000.306.348.454.8021.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Wieters C41211012.226.315.355.6696.5
M. Scherzer P22100001.296.333.333.6674.0
a- M. Reynolds PH10000010.260.343.507.850-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Dean
  • RBI - A. Dean, M. Rojas (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Ortega, D. Dietrich 2 (2), S. Castro, D. Straily 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (9), B. Harper (23), M. Scherzer (2)
  • HR - R. Zimmerman (10), M. Wieters (5)
  • SF - A. Rendon (7)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (21), B. Harper 2 (79), A. Rendon (60), J. Soto (44), R. Zimmerman (36), M. Wieters (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton (11), B. Harper (28), R. Zimmerman (20), M. Wieters (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, J. Soto 3 (3), M. Wieters 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Ortega
FIELDING
  • DP - (Riddle-Dietrich)
  • E - J. Garcia (2), R. Ortega
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rendon-Murphy-Zimmerman; Wieters-Rendon)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Straily (L, 4-6)6.09550224.601.410.0
J. Garcia0.12220005.031.27-4.0
T. Guerrero0.23110104.241.54-3.5
J. Guerra1.00000105.401.503.5
Total8.01488042---
PITCHERSIP
D. Straily (L, 4-6)6.0
J. Garcia0.1
T. Guerrero0.2
J. Guerra1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 16-5)6.05001702.110.8925.5
T. Gott0.23220015.681.53-5.0
M. Grace (H, 4)0.10000102.601.130.5
W. Suero1.01000103.381.132.5
G. Holland1.00000106.602.033.5
Total9.09221101---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 16-5)6.0
T. Gott0.2
M. Grace (H, 4)0.1
W. Suero1.0
G. Holland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Straily
  • HBP - D. Straily (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Straily 101-65, J. Garcia 12-6, T. Guerrero 19-13, J. Guerra 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Straily 7-8, J. Garcia 1-0, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Straily 27, J. Garcia 3, T. Guerrero 5, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 96-62, T. Gott 17-11, M. Grace 6-3, W. Suero 18-13, G. Holland 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-5, T. Gott 2-0, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 22, T. Gott 5, M. Grace, W. Suero 4, G. Holland 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Soto singled to left, Rendon scored28
    Rendon singled to right center, Harper scored, Rendon to second on right fielder Ortega throwing error27
    Harper singled to right, Eaton scored26
    Rojas singled to deep right center, Riddle scored25
    Dean homered to left15
  • 5TH INNING
    Rendon hit sacrifice fly to left, Harper scored05
  • 4TH INNING
    Eaton doubled to left center, Scherzer scored04
    Wieters homered to right03
  • 3RD INNING
    Harper singled to right, Scherzer scored, Eaton to third02
  • 2ND INNING
    Zimmerman homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland relieved Wander Suero
    • A. Dean: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dean lined out to second
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Riddle grounded out to first
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • Michael Taylor in center field
    • Wilmer Difo at second base
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Realmuto singled to center
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson fouled out to first
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Castro flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Javy Guerra relieved Tayron Guerrero
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner fouled out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Trevor Gott pitching
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Dean homered to left
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Riddle singled to right
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sierra grounded out to second, Riddle to second
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Dan Straily
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas singled to deep right center, Riddle scored
    • Matt Grace relieved Trevor Gott
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ortega struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jarlin Garcia pitching
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Eaton reached on an infield single to second
    • T. Turner: Eaton to third on Garcia throwing error, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Turner grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper singled to right, Eaton scored
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Jarlin Garcia
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon singled to right center, Harper scored, Rendon to second on right fielder Ortega throwing error
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soto singled to left, Rendon scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman flied out to right
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to left center, Soto to second
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 2 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ortega singled to center
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto lined out to center
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Anderson flied out to right
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dietrich popped out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Murphy flied out to deep left
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wieters grounded out to second
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Max Scherzer
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castro singled to center
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Foul, Dean popped out to first
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Riddle singled to right, Castro to second
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • D. Straily: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Straily struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Harper doubled to center
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Harper to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon hit sacrifice fly to left, Harper scored
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Zimmerman flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ortega singled to left
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Realmuto walked, Ortega to second
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging, Ortega caught stealing, catcher to third Realmuto to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Zimmerman grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to third
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Strike looking, Wieters homered to right
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Scherzer doubled to deep left
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton doubled to left center, Scherzer scored
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Riddle struck out looking
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Sierra grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Straily: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Straily struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters singled to right
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Scherzer reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Wieters out at second
    • A. Eaton: Eaton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Scherzer to second
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Turner popped out to first
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Harper singled to right, Scherzer scored, Eaton to third
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Rendon hit by pitch, Harper to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich singled to left
    • S. Castro: Castro grounded into double play third to second to first, Dietrich out at second
    • A. Dean: Ball, Foul, Dean popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon singled to right center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Soto grounded into double play shortstop to first, Rendon out at second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Zimmerman homered to left center
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike looking, Ortega grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Straily Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Ball, Eaton lined out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Harper flied out to deep left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)