Scherzer tells Martinez keep me in, Nats beat Reds 4-1

CINCINNATI (AP) Max Scherzer had given up a leadoff double to Tucker Barnhart leading off in the eighth, then retired Jose Peraza on a popup and fanned Nick Senzel. The nine-pitch at-bat pushed the three-time Cy Young Award winner's pitch count to a season-high 117.

With Joey Votto coming to the plate, Washington manager Dave Martinez walked to the mound. Scherzer shook his head and said he wanted to stay in.

''I've got to hear it from him,'' Martinez said. ''He'd thrown a lot of pitches. We exchanged some non-professional words.''

Scherzer struck out Votto on three straight called strikes, freezing him with a 97 mph fastball on the low, outside corner. Scherzer screamed and pumped a fist, spit flying out of his mouth after his 15th strikeout - his most since May 2018. The Nationals held on for a 4-1 win Sunday.

''I knew I was strong,'' Scherzer said. ''I still had my arm strength. I knew I wanted to stay in.''

Scherzer (3-5) allowed three hits - all doubles - over eight innings to lead the Nationals to their 12th win in 14 games against the Reds. What was his message to Martinez?

''I'd rather not say,'' the manager responded with a smile.

Scherzer reached double figures in strikeouts for the fourth time in 13 starts this season and 86th time in his career, the most among active pitchers and seventh-most overall. He retired 13 of his last 14 batters.

''It seems like Scherzer has seven pitches and he can tunnel all of them,'' Barnhart said. ''He sequences them very well. You really have to grind out at bats against him.''

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances. Washington won the final two games of the series after losing the opener and has won seven of nine following a five-game losing streak.

Sonny Gray (2-5) needed 32 pitches to get through the first and gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.

Cincinnati batters struck out 16 times, tying their season high.

Anthony Rendon had three hits, including an RBI single in the first, and raised his average to .331.

Kurt Suzuki doubled the lead with an RBI double in the fourth, but Votto and Derek Dietrich hit consecutive doubles in the bottom half off Scherzer, who had pitched 15 scoreless innings at Great American Ballpark in his career.

Brian Dozier hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth off Raisel Iglesias.

ANOTHER SHOT

Martinez said Nationals have signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a minor league contract and the 42-year-old will report to Triple-A Fresno. The two-time All-Star closer was designated for assignment by Oakland on May 25. He is 48-68 with a 3.79 ERA and 325 saves.

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

The Reds on Sunday wore replicas of the uniforms worn by the 1919 World Series champions, one of 15 throwback outfits the team will wear this season while celebrating the 150th anniversary of baseball's first professional team.

PASSING BENCH

Votto's fourth-inning double was the 382nd, breaking a tie with Johnny Bench for fourth place on Cincinnati's career list. Davey Concepcion is third with 389.

NICE PLAY

Votto barehanded Victor Robles's spinning one-hopper to first that took a bad bounce to his right and flipped to Gray covering for a run-saving out to end the fourth inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman, out since April 28 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, is to be evaluated Monday.

Reds: Jesse Winker was hit by a pitch on the right foot leading off the second inning. He stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 3.19) is scheduled to start Tuesday against the visiting Chicago White Sox in Washington's first interleague series this season.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (5-1, 2.45) is to start Tuesday's series opener at St. Louis.

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J. Soto LF42100113.293.394.533.9263.5
M. Adams 1B40000025.237.265.474.739-1.0
K. Suzuki C30210101.279.327.471.7995.0
B. Dozier 2B30220101.223.311.386.6975.0
V. Robles CF30000113.236.317.412.7290.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Senzel CF40000031.267.331.450.781-1.5
    J. Votto 1B41100021.247.342.369.7112.0
    D. Dietrich 2B40110020.269.373.7001.0732.0
    J. Winker LF20000011.236.312.445.7570.5
    D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    E. Suarez 3B10000000.280.358.540.8980.0
    Y. Puig RF40000002.210.258.376.6340.0
    J. VanMeter 3B20000121.200.333.240.5730.0
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    J. Iglesias SS30000023.298.333.429.763-1.0
    T. Barnhart C30100020.203.298.346.6441.0
    S. Gray P10000010.125.176.125.301-0.5
    a- K. Farmer PH10000010.222.269.472.741-0.5
    A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    b- J. Peraza PH-LF10000001.205.264.323.5870.0
    • a-struck out for Gray in the 5th
    • b-popped out for Lorenzen in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Turner (6), K. Suzuki (5)
    • SH - M. Scherzer
    • RBI - A. Rendon (35), K. Suzuki (20), B. Dozier 2 (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (13), B. Dozier 2 (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, J. Soto, M. Adams, K. Suzuki, V. Robles 2 (2), M. Scherzer 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Votto (10), D. Dietrich (3), T. Barnhart (4)
    • RBI - D. Dietrich (37)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, J. Iglesias 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (VanMeter-Dietrich-Votto)
    • E - J. Winker
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Scherzer (W, 3-5)8.031111503.061.1336.5
    S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.00000103.241.2810.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Scherzer (W, 3-5)8.0
    S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gray (L, 2-5)5.05221403.541.214.0
    A. Garrett1.00001001.821.182.0
    M. Lorenzen0.21000103.411.42-0.5
    D. Hernandez1.01221205.541.420.0
    R. Iglesias0.11002103.041.31-2.5
    W. Peralta1.01000004.641.132.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Scherzer (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 120-84, S. Doolittle 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 1-8, S. Doolittle 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 29, S. Doolittle 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - R. Iglesias (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 88-55, A. Garrett 15-8, M. Lorenzen 13-7, D. Hernandez 22-14, R. Iglesias 11-7, W. Peralta 17-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 9-1, M. Lorenzen 1-0, W. Peralta 3-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Gray 20, A. Garrett 4, M. Lorenzen 3, D. Hernandez 5, R. Iglesias 4, W. Peralta 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    G. Parra RF50000031.237.303.374.677-1.5
    A. Rendon 3B41310100.331.436.6501.0866.0
    J. Soto LF42100113.293.394.533.9263.5
    M. Adams 1B40000025.237.265.474.739-1.0
    K. Suzuki C30210101.279.327.471.7995.0
    B. Dozier 2B30220101.223.311.386.6975.0
    V. Robles CF30000113.236.317.412.7290.5
    M. Scherzer P30000013.125.125.125.250-0.5
    S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      N. Senzel CF40000031.267.331.450.781-1.5
      J. Votto 1B41100021.247.342.369.7112.0
      D. Dietrich 2B40110020.269.373.7001.0732.0
      J. Winker LF20000011.236.312.445.7570.5
      D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      E. Suarez 3B10000000.280.358.540.8980.0
      Y. Puig RF40000002.210.258.376.6340.0
      J. VanMeter 3B20000121.200.333.240.5730.0
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      W. Peralta P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Iglesias SS30000023.298.333.429.763-1.0
      T. Barnhart C30100020.203.298.346.6441.0
      S. Gray P10000010.125.176.125.301-0.5
      a- K. Farmer PH10000010.222.269.472.741-0.5
      A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      M. Lorenzen P-LF0000-000.125.222.250.000-
      b- J. Peraza PH-LF10000001.205.264.323.5870.0
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      • a-struck out for Gray in the 5th
      • b-popped out for Lorenzen in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Turner (6), K. Suzuki (5)
      • SH - M. Scherzer
      • RBI - A. Rendon (35), K. Suzuki (20), B. Dozier 2 (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (13), B. Dozier 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, J. Soto, M. Adams, K. Suzuki, V. Robles 2 (2), M. Scherzer 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Votto (10), D. Dietrich (3), T. Barnhart (4)
      • RBI - D. Dietrich (37)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, J. Iglesias 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (VanMeter-Dietrich-Votto)
      • E - J. Winker
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Scherzer (W, 3-5)8.031111503.061.1336.5
      S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.00000103.241.2810.5
      Total9.03111160---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Scherzer (W, 3-5)8.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (L, 2-5)5.05221403.541.214.0
      A. Garrett1.00001001.821.182.0
      M. Lorenzen0.21000103.411.42-0.5
      D. Hernandez1.01221205.541.420.0
      R. Iglesias0.11002103.041.31-2.5
      W. Peralta1.01000004.641.132.0
      Total9.0944580---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (L, 2-5)5.0
      A. Garrett1.0
      M. Lorenzen0.2
      D. Hernandez1.0
      R. Iglesias0.1
      W. Peralta1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Scherzer (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 120-84, S. Doolittle 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 1-8, S. Doolittle 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 29, S. Doolittle 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - R. Iglesias (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 88-55, A. Garrett 15-8, M. Lorenzen 13-7, D. Hernandez 22-14, R. Iglesias 11-7, W. Peralta 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 9-1, M. Lorenzen 1-0, W. Peralta 3-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 20, A. Garrett 4, M. Lorenzen 3, D. Hernandez 5, R. Iglesias 4, W. Peralta 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Dozier singled to right center, Rendon and Soto scored, Suzuki to third, Dozier to second41
      • 4TH INNING
        Dietrich doubled to deep right, Votto scored21
        Suzuki doubled to left center, Soto scored20
      • 1ST INNING
        Rendon singled to shallow left, Turner scored, Rendon to second on left fielder Winker throwing error10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wandy Peralta relieved Raisel Iglesias
        • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon singled to shallow left
        • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Max Scherzer
        • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Suarez popped out to first
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Puig grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Hernandez Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon walked
        • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Soto singled to shallow right, Rendon to second
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • Raisel Iglesias pitching
        • Eugenio Suarez at third base
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki walked, Rendon to third, Soto to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier singled to right center, Rendon and Soto scored, Suzuki to third, Dozier to second
        • V. Robles: Robles intentionally walked
        • M. Scherzer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • T. Barnhart: Barnhart doubled to deep right
        • Jose Peraza hit for Michael Lorenzen
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Peraza popped out to first
        • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
        • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Michael Lorenzen relieved Amir Garrett
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier singled to shallow right
        • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
        • M. Scherzer: Ball, Scherzer hit sacrifice bunt to first, Dozier to second
        • David Hernandez pitching
        • Michael Lorenzen in left field
        • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner lined out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Puig flied out to deep right
        • J. VanMeter: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, VanMeter struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Iglesias flied out to deep left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Amir Garrett pitching
        • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep left
        • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto walked
        • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Adams lined out to right
        • K. Suzuki: Suzuki lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
        • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
        • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Winker struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Scherzer: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Scherzer grounded out to first
        • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
        • Kyle Farmer hit for Sonny Gray
        • K. Farmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Farmer struck out swinging
        • N. Senzel: Foul, Senzel grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to shallow center
        • J. Soto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Soto reached on fielder's choice to second, Rendon out at second
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Adams grounded out to second, Soto to second
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Suzuki doubled to left center, Soto scored
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked
        • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robles grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Votto doubled to shallow left
        • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Dietrich doubled to deep right, Votto scored
        • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Winker lined out to center
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig popped out to second
        • J. VanMeter: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, VanMeter walked
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Scherzer grounded out to pitcher
        • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
        • S. Gray: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
        • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki singled to left center
        • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier grounded into double play third to second to first, Suzuki out at second
        • V. Robles: Strike looking, Robles lined out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Winker: Foul, Ball, Winker hit by pitch
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike swinging, Puig flied out to deep right
        • J. VanMeter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, VanMeter struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Iglesias struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner doubled to deep right
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon singled to shallow left, Turner scored, Rendon to second on left fielder Winker throwing error
        • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
        • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • N. Senzel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Senzel struck out looking
        • J. Votto: Strike looking, Votto fouled out to left
        • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Dietrich flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)