Scherzer goes distance, Nats beat sloppy Cubs 10-3

WASHINGTON (AP) The rain finally gave way to baseball at Nationals Park on Saturday, and Max Scherzer threw a wet blanket over the Chicago Cubs.

Scherzer pitched a complete game and Washington took advantage of the sloppy Cubs in a 10-3 victory in the opener of a doubleheader.

Scherzer, bidding for a third straight NL Cy Young Award, allowed nine hits. He struck out 11 without a walk and hit a batter while improving to 17-6.

''I knew he was fresh going into the ninth inning. He looked good. ... He just told me he could pitch Game 2, but I told him we'll get it,'' manager Dave Martinez joked afterward.

Scherzer also had an RBI single, raising his average to .270 this season. It was one of just six hits by Washington, which capitalized on nine walks and three errors from the Cubs. The Nationals scored five runs in the sixth inning on just two hits thanks to two errors and a wild pitch that resulted in a run.

Martinez visited Scherzer on the mound after the Cubs scored twice in the ninth, but left Scherzer in to get the final two outs.

''He asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to finish it,'' Scherzer said, noting the 66-degree gametime temperature had him feeling good. ''We've been playing some hot games and for the weather to cool off, you just felt like you had unlimited energy and for me, I still had plenty in the tank.''

The right-hander retired 15 in a row after Tommy La Stella's first-inning double. He lost his shutout in the seventh.

It was Scherzer's second complete game of the season and 10th of his career.

After Friday night's game was rained out, the start of Saturday's first game was delayed 2 hours, 10 minutes by rain.

Juan Soto and Trea Turner drove in two runs each for Washington, which had lost three straight.

Victor Caratini had two hits for Chicago.

Top prospect Victor Robles, rookie-of-the-year candidate Soto and Bryce Harper started together in the Washington outfield for the first time.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon countered Scherzer with a bullpen game, and the Nationals jumped in front early. Jaime Garcia (3-7), in his Cubs debut, walked the bases loaded with one out in the first inning and Soto sent a hard grounder past first baseman Anthony Rizzo that was ruled a two-run single. That was all for Garcia, and Washington's Matt Wieters provided a third run with an RBI single off former Nationals reliever Brandon Kintzler.

QUOTABLE

Maddon wasn't thrilled with the handling of Friday's rain.

''Played when we shouldn't have, and then did not play when we should have,'' he said.

After an 81-minute delay, the teams played into the top of the second inning before the lightning and rain returned. Then after a nearly 3-hour delay - with the rain stopped - the game was finally called, necessitating Saturday's doubleheader.

WERTH HONORING

The Nationals held a ceremony on the field between games placing outfielder Jayson Werth in their stadium Ring of Honor. Signed to a seven-year free agent contract after the 2010 season, Werth hit .263 with 109 homers and 393 RBIs and served as a leader. The Nationals, who had not made the postseason prior to his arrival, won four NL East titles during his time with the team. Werth threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2, with his son catching.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RF Ben Zobrist returned after being out of Friday's lineup due to neck stiffness.

UP NEXT

Chicago LHP Cole Hamels faces Washington RHP Jefry Rodriguez in the nightcap, and then Cubs LHP Mike Montgomery opposes Nationals RHP Erick Fedde in Sunday's series finale.

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  • a-struck out for Murphy in the 8th
  • b-singled for Rizzo in the 7th
  • c-struck out for De La Rosa in the 6th
  • d-fouled out for Norwood in the 7th
  • e-struck out for Chatwood in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS32020201.270.341.410.75110.0
A. Rendon 3B51110013.296.357.499.8562.5
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B. Harper RF21100201.249.387.501.8886.0
W. Difo 2B00000100.242.301.374.6741.0
M. Reynolds 1B31010204.263.345.520.8664.0
J. Soto LF50120013.298.416.506.9222.5
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M. Wieters C32110101.228.309.350.6605.0
A. Sanchez 2B-3B32100112.192.222.231.4533.5
M. Scherzer P41110012.270.303.302.6052.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. La Stella (7)
    • SF - T. Davis
    • RBI - W. Contreras (50), T. Davis (2), A. Russell (38)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Zobrist, J. Baez 2 (2), I. Happ 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • RBI - T. Turner 2 (61), A. Rendon (69), M. Reynolds (39), J. Soto 2 (56), M. Wieters (23), M. Scherzer (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Wieters (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon, M. Reynolds 2 (2), J. Soto, A. Sanchez 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Turner 2 (37), B. Harper (12)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Russell-Murphy-Rizzo; Russell-Bote-Caratini)
    • E - W. Contreras (12), T. La Stella (4), D. Murphy (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Turner-Reynolds)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Garcia (L, 3-7)0.11333106.271.58-11.5
    B. Kintzler1.21001204.501.462.0
    J. De La Rosa3.01001003.831.427.0
    R. Rosario0.11422003.351.44-5.0
    J. Norwood0.21100105.872.09-0.5
    T. Chatwood2.01222005.301.801.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Scherzer (W, 17-6)9.093301102.310.8830.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Scherzer (W, 17-6)9.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Norwood, T. Chatwood (8)
    • IBB - B. Kintzler (5)
    • HBP - T. Chatwood (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 23-10, B. Kintzler 27-17, J. De La Rosa 40-28, R. Rosario 14-5, J. Norwood 17-10, T. Chatwood 37-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Kintzler 3-1, J. De La Rosa 7-1, R. Rosario 2-0, J. Norwood 2-0, T. Chatwood 4-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 5, B. Kintzler 8, J. De La Rosa 10, R. Rosario 5, J. Norwood 4, T. Chatwood 9
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Scherzer (10)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 111-83
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 6-9
    • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 36
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    T. La Stella 3B40100002.269.341.333.6742.0
    A. Rizzo 1B20000001.285.381.487.8670.0
    b- V. Caratini PH-1B22200000.252.312.315.6274.0
    B. Zobrist RF30100001.313.388.460.8471.0
    T. Gore LF11100000.500.500.5001.0002.0
    A. Almora CF40100022.291.332.394.7260.0
    W. Contreras C30110000.259.350.402.7532.0
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    J. Norwood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    d- J. Baez PH10000002.295.326.567.8920.0
    T. Chatwood P0000-000.160.192.160.000-
    e- K. Bryant PH10000012.276.379.463.842-0.5
    I. Happ LF-RF30000022.238.357.418.7760.0
    Total34393001114-----
    • a-struck out for Murphy in the 8th
    • b-singled for Rizzo in the 7th
    • c-struck out for De La Rosa in the 6th
    • d-fouled out for Norwood in the 7th
    • e-struck out for Chatwood in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Turner SS32020201.270.341.410.75110.0
    A. Rendon 3B51110013.296.357.499.8562.5
    M. Taylor CF00000000.227.288.360.6480.0
    B. Harper RF21100201.249.387.501.8886.0
    W. Difo 2B00000100.242.301.374.6741.0
    M. Reynolds 1B31010204.263.345.520.8664.0
    J. Soto LF50120013.298.416.506.9222.5
    V. Robles CF-RF30000002.143.250.143.3931.0
    M. Wieters C32110101.228.309.350.6605.0
    A. Sanchez 2B-3B32100112.192.222.231.4533.5
    M. Scherzer P41110012.270.303.302.6052.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - T. La Stella (7)
      • SF - T. Davis
      • RBI - W. Contreras (50), T. Davis (2), A. Russell (38)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Zobrist, J. Baez 2 (2), I. Happ 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • RBI - T. Turner 2 (61), A. Rendon (69), M. Reynolds (39), J. Soto 2 (56), M. Wieters (23), M. Scherzer (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Wieters (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon, M. Reynolds 2 (2), J. Soto, A. Sanchez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Turner 2 (37), B. Harper (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Russell-Murphy-Rizzo; Russell-Bote-Caratini)
      • E - W. Contreras (12), T. La Stella (4), D. Murphy (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Turner-Reynolds)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Garcia (L, 3-7)0.11333106.271.58-11.5
      B. Kintzler1.21001204.501.462.0
      J. De La Rosa3.01001003.831.427.0
      R. Rosario0.11422003.351.44-5.0
      J. Norwood0.21100105.872.09-0.5
      T. Chatwood2.01222005.301.801.0
      Total8.06107940---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Garcia (L, 3-7)0.1
      B. Kintzler1.2
      J. De La Rosa3.0
      R. Rosario0.1
      J. Norwood0.2
      T. Chatwood2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Scherzer (W, 17-6)9.093301102.310.8830.5
      Total9.09330110---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Scherzer (W, 17-6)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Norwood, T. Chatwood (8)
      • IBB - B. Kintzler (5)
      • HBP - T. Chatwood (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 23-10, B. Kintzler 27-17, J. De La Rosa 40-28, R. Rosario 14-5, J. Norwood 17-10, T. Chatwood 37-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Kintzler 3-1, J. De La Rosa 7-1, R. Rosario 2-0, J. Norwood 2-0, T. Chatwood 4-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 5, B. Kintzler 8, J. De La Rosa 10, R. Rosario 5, J. Norwood 4, T. Chatwood 9
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Scherzer (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 111-83
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 6-9
      • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 36
      • 9TH INNING
        Russell singled to center, Gore scored, Almora to second310
        Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Caratini scored210
      • 7TH INNING
        Turner reached on fielder's choice to first, Sanchez scored, Scherzer out at second110
        Scherzer singled to center, Wieters scored, Sanchez to third19
        Contreras singled to left, Caratini scored, Zobrist to second18
      • 6TH INNING
        Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rendon scored, Harper out at second08
        Harper reached on fielder's choice to second, Turner scored, Rendon to third on 2nd baseman Murphy throwing error07
        Scherzer scored, Turner to third, Rendon to second on wild pitch06
        Rendon singled to shallow right, Sanchez scored, Scherzer to third, Turner to second05
        Turner walked, Wieters scored, Sanchez to third, Scherzer to second04
      • 1ST INNING
        Wieters singled to left, Reynolds scored, Soto to third03
        Soto singled to right, Turner and Harper scored, Reynolds to second02
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • V. Caratini: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Caratini singled to right
        • T. Gore: Ball, Gore singled to center, Caratini to second
        • A. Almora: Almora singled to center, Caratini to third, Gore to second
        • T. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Caratini scored
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Russell singled to center, Gore scored, Almora to second
        • Kris Bryant hit for Tyler Chatwood
        • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • I. Happ: Ball, Happ flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Wilmer Difo at second base
        • Michael Taylor in center field
        • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • David Bote hit for Daniel Murphy
        • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • T. La Stella: Foul, La Stella grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Davis catching
        • W. Difo: Wilmer Difo facing Tyler Chatwood
        • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
        • Ma. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to second, Difo out at second
        • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Victor Caratini hit for Anthony Rizzo
        • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Caratini reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Zobrist: Strike swinging, Zobrist singled to right, Caratini to third
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
        • Wi. Contreras: Contreras singled to left, Caratini scored, Zobrist to second
        • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Russell lined out to left
        • Javier Baez hit for James Norwood
        • Ja. Baez: Baez fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Terrance Gore in left field
        • Tyler Chatwood pitching
        • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Ball, Robles hit by pitch
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wieters reached on fielder's choice to first, Robles out at second
        • A. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked, Wieters to second
        • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters to third, Sanchez to second on wild pitch, Scherzer singled to center, Wieters scored, Sanchez to third
        • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner reached on fielder's choice to first, Sanchez scored, Scherzer out at second
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Kyle Schwarber hit for Jorge De La Rosa
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • I. Happ: Foul, Ball, Ball, Happ hit by pitch
        • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to left, Happ to second
        • T. La Stella: Foul, Foul, La Stella grounded out to shortstop, Murphy out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Randy Rosario pitching
        • V. Robles: Robles grounded bunt out to third
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked
        • A. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez singled to center, Wieters to second
        • M. Scherzer: Scherzer reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Wieters to third, Sanchez to second on catcher Contreras throwing error
        • Tr. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Wieters scored, Sanchez to third, Scherzer to second
        • James Norwood relieved Randy Rosario
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon singled to shallow right, Sanchez scored, Scherzer to third, Turner to second
        • Br. Harper: Ball, Scherzer scored, Turner to third, Rendon to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Harper reached on fielder's choice to second, Turner scored, Rendon to third on 2nd baseman Murphy throwing error
        • Ma. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rendon scored, Harper out at second
        • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Almora struck out on foul tip
        • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Contreras grounded out to third
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Russell struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. De La Rosa Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
        • Br. Harper: Strike looking, Harper reached on an infield single to first
        • Ma. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, Harper to second
        • J. Soto: Soto grounded out to second, Reynolds out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella popped out to shortstop
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rizzo lined out to center
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. De La Rosa Pitching:
        • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez flied out to deep center
        • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Scherzer grounded out to shortstop
        • Tr. Turner: Turner grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • B. Kintzler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kintzler struck out swinging
        • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Brandon Kintzler
        • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Soto grounded out to first
        • V. Robles: Ball, Robles grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wieters grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Almora flied out to right
        • Wi. Contreras: Contreras flied out to shallow right
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Kintzler Pitching:
        • M. Scherzer: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
        • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner safe at first on 3rd baseman La Stella throwing error
        • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Rendon grounded out to third, Turner to second
        • Br. Harper: Harper intentionally walked
        • Ma. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds grounded into fielder's choice to third, Harper out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • T. La Stella: Ball, La Stella doubled to right
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to pitcher, La Stella to third
        • B. Zobrist: Foul, Foul, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner walked
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
        • Br. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner stole second, Ball, Harper walked
        • Ma. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner stole third Harper stole second,, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • J. Soto: Soto singled to right, Turner and Harper scored, Reynolds to second
        • Brandon Kintzler relieved Jaime Garcia
        • V. Robles: Robles fouled out to first
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters singled to left, Reynolds scored, Soto to third
        • A. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)