Scherzer, Dozier lead Nationals over Padres, 4-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Max Scherzer shrugged off taking a comebacker off his calf and got out of the only inning in which the San Diego Padres threatened.

Scherzer struck out nine in seven shutout innings and Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run for his 1,000th career hit to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 victory Saturday night.

''I've been hit in the calf before. I know it (stinks) and you've got to see if it's going to tighten up on you,'' Scherzer said. ''I felt like I could still go back out there and pitch and still get through it even though it didn't feel good to run but I was able to still pitch.

''That's when you just get rid of all the excuses of why you might fail and just come up with reasons why you want to win. Just continue to make pitches and execute pitches the way you need to.''

Scherzer (4-5) allowed six hits and issued only one walk, an intentional pass.

He got into trouble in only the second inning. Eric Hosmer and Franmil Reyes reached on singles before rookie Josh Naylor hit a ball off Scherzer. The runners advanced as Scherzer recovered the ball and threw out Naylor.

Hosmer broke for home on Ian Kinsler's grounder to third and was caught in a rundown. Rookie Austin Allen was intentionally walked to load the base and Lauer struck out to end the inning.

''They've got a lot of threats,'' Scherzer said. ''You don't make the right pitch, they can take you deep. They've got some good power hitters. I was able to avoid a big inning. I knew coming into this game it was going to be a challenge and turned out to be a little different challenge.''

Manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer staying in the game ''doesn't surprise me a bit. He got hit pretty hard and he was sore but he wanted to pitch. Went out there and gave us what we needed to get. That's just who Max Scherzer is.

''He's going to be stiff tomorrow I'm sure, but we've got an extra day and we'll see how it plays out.''

Said Padres manager Andy Green: ''He's good. We know that. That inning where we had second and third; first and second and he takes a ball off his calf and he keeps us from scoring there. We put a good swing on him with Kinsler. Sometimes you struggle to find a run against a guy like that.

''Wasn't necessarily as electric of a fastball as you see from him from time to time. Pretty obviously he was feeling that ball off his calf a little bit but he pitched well,'' Green said.

Sean Doolittle got the final out for his 14th save after rookie Austin Allen hit a two-out RBI single.

Dozier, who signed with the Nationals as a free agent in January, homered to left off Eric Lauer in fourth, his 10th. Howie Kendrick was aboard on a leadoff walk.

''I think it's pretty cool but I don't really put too much emphasis in records and all that kind of stuff,'' Dozier said. ''I think it's cool playing a while. More importantly a big win coming off of last night. We let one slip away and bounced back and to do what we did tonight is pretty good.''

Kendrick and Anthony Rendon added RBI singles off Eric Lauer for the Nationals, who lost the first two games of this series by identical 5-4 scores.

Lauer (5-5) had won three straight starts coming in. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in seven innings and struck out five.

DRAFT PICK

The Padres' first-round draft pick, SS C.J. Abrams of Blessed Trinity High in Roswell, Georgia, agreed to a $5.2 million bonus. He and three other draft picks threw ceremonial first pitches.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Trevor Rosenthal returned from a rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 10-day IL. RHP Kyle McGowin was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to make room on the roster.

Padres: C Austin Hedges was a late scratch with a sprained left ankle. Green said he stepped on a ball in the dugout after batting practice. ... Rookie SS Fernando Tatis was rested after having two big games in his return from the injured list. He made the last out as a pinch-hitter. ... RHP Adam Warren was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained right forearm strain and RHP Gerardo Reyes was recalled from Triple-A El Paso. INF Jose Pirela was reinstated from the IL and optioned to El Paso.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 3.19) is scheduled to start the series finale against his hometown team. He is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in four career starts in San Diego. He played at San Diego State under the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.

Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (1-0, 4.08) is scheduled to be the starter in a ''bullpen game'' Sunday.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (4-5)L: E. Lauer (5-5)S: S. Doolittle (14)
  • HR: WAS - B. Dozier (10)
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A. Rendon 3B40110013.320.426.6301.0561.5
J. Soto LF40100001.289.390.512.9021.0
H. Kendrick 1B31110100.325.363.578.9404.0
B. Dozier 2B41121012.235.323.429.7516.5
K. Suzuki C30000100.279.331.468.7991.0
V. Robles CF40000011.235.309.419.728-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Rainey in the 9th
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G. Garcia 3B40100010.254.346.373.7180.5
W. Myers CF40000041.222.319.424.743-2.0
M. Machado SS40100001.242.327.403.7301.0
E. Hosmer 1B40100021.282.330.449.7790.0
F. Reyes RF30100110.243.296.559.8551.5
J. Naylor LF41100003.244.244.422.6672.0
I. Kinsler 2B40100004.207.270.385.6552.0
A. Allen C30110101.276.364.345.7083.0
E. Lauer P20000023.053.053.053.105-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Lauer in the 7th
  • b-fouled out for G. Reyes in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (9)
  • HR - B. Dozier (10)
  • SH - M. Scherzer (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (41), H. Kendrick (38), B. Dozier 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Kendrick (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, A. Rendon 2 (2), B. Dozier 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Kinsler (10)
  • RBI - A. Allen (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Allen
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Machado, E. Hosmer, I. Kinsler, A. Allen, E. Lauer 3 (3), F. Tatis
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kinsler-Hosmer)
  • PB - A. Allen (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 4-5)7.06001902.831.1228.5
T. Rainey1.00000201.801.004.0
W. Suero0.21111006.181.34-3.0
S. Doolittle (S, 14)0.10000003.581.347.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 4-5)7.0
T. Rainey1.0
W. Suero0.2
S. Doolittle (S, 14)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Lauer (L, 5-5)7.07433514.141.248.5
L. Perdomo1.00000104.081.083.5
G. Reyes1.000001015.002.173.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Lauer (L, 5-5)7.0
L. Perdomo1.0
G. Reyes1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Scherzer (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 101-71, T. Rainey 17-11, W. Suero 17-9, S. Doolittle 1-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 8-4, T. Rainey 1-0, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 28, T. Rainey 3, W. Suero 4, S. Doolittle
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 101-67, L. Perdomo 11-7, G. Reyes 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 6-9
  • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 30, L. Perdomo 3, G. Reyes 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS41200011.264.310.453.7633.5
A. Eaton RF31100101.263.346.375.7213.0
A. Rendon 3B40110013.320.426.6301.0561.5
J. Soto LF40100001.289.390.512.9021.0
H. Kendrick 1B31110100.325.363.578.9404.0
B. Dozier 2B41121012.235.323.429.7516.5
K. Suzuki C30000100.279.331.468.7991.0
V. Robles CF40000011.235.309.419.728-0.5
M. Scherzer P20000020.118.118.118.235-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Rainey in the 9th
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G. Garcia 3B40100010.254.346.373.7180.5
W. Myers CF40000041.222.319.424.743-2.0
M. Machado SS40100001.242.327.403.7301.0
E. Hosmer 1B40100021.282.330.449.7790.0
F. Reyes RF30100110.243.296.559.8551.5
J. Naylor LF41100003.244.244.422.6672.0
I. Kinsler 2B40100004.207.270.385.6552.0
A. Allen C30110101.276.364.345.7083.0
E. Lauer P20000023.053.053.053.105-1.0
a- M. Margot PH10000010.239.281.319.600-0.5
L. Perdomo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Lauer in the 7th
  • b-fouled out for G. Reyes in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (9)
  • HR - B. Dozier (10)
  • SH - M. Scherzer (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (41), H. Kendrick (38), B. Dozier 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Kendrick (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, A. Rendon 2 (2), B. Dozier 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Kinsler (10)
  • RBI - A. Allen (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Allen
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Machado, E. Hosmer, I. Kinsler, A. Allen, E. Lauer 3 (3), F. Tatis
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kinsler-Hosmer)
  • PB - A. Allen (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 4-5)7.06001902.831.1228.5
T. Rainey1.00000201.801.004.0
W. Suero0.21111006.181.34-3.0
S. Doolittle (S, 14)0.10000003.581.347.0
Total9.07112110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 4-5)7.0
T. Rainey1.0
W. Suero0.2
S. Doolittle (S, 14)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Lauer (L, 5-5)7.07433514.141.248.5
L. Perdomo1.00000104.081.083.5
G. Reyes1.000001015.002.173.5
Total9.0743371---
PITCHERSIP
E. Lauer (L, 5-5)7.0
L. Perdomo1.0
G. Reyes1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Scherzer (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 101-71, T. Rainey 17-11, W. Suero 17-9, S. Doolittle 1-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 8-4, T. Rainey 1-0, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 28, T. Rainey 3, W. Suero 4, S. Doolittle
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Lauer 101-67, L. Perdomo 11-7, G. Reyes 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Lauer 6-9
  • Batters Faced - E. Lauer 30, L. Perdomo 3, G. Reyes 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Allen singled to right, Naylor scored41
  • 5TH INNING
    Rendon singled to center, Turner scored40
  • 4TH INNING
    Dozier homered to left center, Kendrick scored30
  • 1ST INNING
    Kendrick singled to left center, Eaton scored, Soto to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Gerardo Reyes relieved Luis Perdomo
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Suzuki lined out to center
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robles flied out to right
    • Matt Adams hit for Tanner Rainey
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • F. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • J. Naylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Naylor reached on fielder's choice to second, Reyes out at second
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler flied out to deep center
    • A. Allen: Ball, Naylor to second, Allen singled to right, Naylor scored
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Wander Suero
    • Fernando Tatis hit for Gerardo Reyes
    • F. Tatis: Tatis fouled out to right
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luis Perdomo pitching
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soto lined out to second
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Kendrick flied out to deep right
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tanner Rainey relieved Max Scherzer
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Machado grounded out to third
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Robles struck out on foul tip
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Scherzer struck out looking
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Turner doubled to right
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Allen: Foul, Allen grounded out to catcher
    • Manuel Margot hit for Eric Lauer
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier popped out to third
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • J. Naylor: Strike looking, Naylor singled to right
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Turner to second on passed ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Eaton flied out to deep center, Turner to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon singled to center, Turner scored
    • J. Soto: Soto grounded into double play second to first, Rendon out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • E. Lauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lauer struck out looking
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to center
    • W. Myers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kendrick walked
    • B. Dozier: Dozier homered to left center, Kendrick scored
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki flied out to right
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Robles popped out to second
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Scherzer struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Naylor: Naylor flied out to deep left
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kinsler doubled to deep right
    • A. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Allen grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon flied out to center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Myers: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Machado reached on an infield single to second
    • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Hosmer flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suzuki walked
    • V. Robles: Robles fouled out to first
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Scherzer hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Suzuki to second
    • Tr. Turner: Turner grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hosmer singled to right
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reyes reached on an infield single to shortstop, Hosmer to second
    • J. Naylor: Ball, Ball, Naylor grounded out to pitcher, Hosmer to third, Reyes to second
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler reached on fielder's choice to third, Hosmer out at home, Reyes to third, Kinsler to second
    • A. Allen: Allen intentionally walked
    • E. Lauer: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lauer struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Lauer Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Eaton singled to shallow left
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rendon lined out to third
    • J. Soto: Foul, Soto singled to left center, Eaton to third
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Kendrick singled to left center, Eaton scored, Soto to second
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Machado popped out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)