Scherzer strikes out 10, Nationals beat Arizona 7-3

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals gave Max Scherzer early run support, and that made his job a lot easier Friday night.

Scherzer struck out 10 in seven innings, Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick homered and the Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3.

Scherzer (5-5) leads the National League with 136 strikeouts. He gave up two runs and three hits, including home runs by Carson Kelly and Nick Ahmed.

''Every five days, you know what you're going to get from Max,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said. ''He's really good. That's why he's an ace.''

The 10 strikeouts in this game gave him 2,585 for his career and moved Scherzer past Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Warren Spahn into 27th place on the all-time list.

This was Scherzer's third straight win overall and he improved to 7-0 in nine starts against Arizona - he started his big league career with the Diamondbacks in 2008.

The Nationals have scored three runs or less in 10 of the 15 games Scherzer has started. Scherzer was delighted to get the offensive help.

''We got some big home runs. When our offense can go like this, it just makes it easier to pitch,'' Scherzer said. ''You can go out there, be aggressive towards their guys and try to throw up strikes and just try to throw up goose eggs.''

The Nationals scored three times in the third off Robbie Ray (5-4) on an RBI double by Trea Turner, a sacrifice fly from Victor Robles and a run-scoring single by Juan Soto.

Ahmed homered in the fifth to pull Arizona within 3-2 but that was all they could do against Scherzer.

''He throws a lot of strikes and attacks,'' Ahmed said. ''You can't go up there and try to take and work the count. He's one of the best.''

Rendon and Kendrick hit solo home runs in the sixth, and Washington added two more in the seventh on Robles' RBI single and Rendon's sacrifice fly.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE

Washington OF Michael A. Taylor had stolen just two bases this season coming into the game, but swiped two in the seventh and later scored an insurance run.

COSTLY ERROR

Ray made a throwing error on Scherzer's sacrifice bunt trying for a force at second base that helped the Nationals in their three-run third. Three of the next four Washington hitters drove in runs for a 3-1 lead.

''I just made a bad throw,'' Ray said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: C Alex Avila (strained left calf) was put on the injured list after being hurt in Thursday's win. Manager Torey Lovullo said Avila will have an MRI and said the catcher is optimistic he will not be out for long. C Caleb Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Reno to take Avila's spot. ... Lovullo said RHP Jon Duplantier (right shoulder inflammation) had an MRI that was ''very positive'' and will go on anti-inflammatories and is not going to throw for six or seven days. He will be examined after that.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis right foot) ran on the treadmill Thursday and continued with baseball activities Friday. Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day injured list April 28. . RHP Justin Miller (right shoulder inflammation) received an unspecified injection Friday, according to Martinez. Miller was ''shut down'' this week after throwing. He has been on the 10-day injured list since May 18.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Taylor Clarke (1-2, 5.26) will make his sixth major league start in Saturday's game. It will be the first time he has pitched against Washington.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-3, 3.36) now has won four in a row. His last loss came on May 12, and the right-hander has given up only two homers in his last eight starts.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (5-5)L: R. Ray (5-4)
  • HR: ARI - N. Ahmed (5), C. Kelly (8), WAS - H. Kendrick (12), A. Rendon (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Dyson CF30000120.263.354.401.7552.0
a- C. Walker PH00000100.248.327.466.7931.0
K. Marte 2B41000113.277.329.528.8571.5
D. Peralta LF30000011.291.348.504.8520.5
A. Jones RF40200021.279.326.488.8131.0
E. Escobar 3B40110001.293.350.576.9263.0
K. Cron 1B40000013.222.275.500.775-0.5
N. Ahmed SS41111020.266.320.414.7345.0
C. Kelly C41211010.264.340.527.8677.5
R. Ray P20000020.040.040.040.080-1.0
b- I. Vargas PH10000001.246.276.381.6580.0
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Crichton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Locastro PH10000011.235.388.338.726-0.5
  • a-walked for Dyson in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Ray in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Crichton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS32110110.286.338.532.8707.5
V. Robles RF30120000.234.305.407.7123.0
A. Rendon 3B31121011.315.414.6551.0696.5
J. Soto LF40110001.285.381.489.8702.0
H. Kendrick 1B31111101.323.372.599.9717.0
B. Dozier 2B40000021.228.316.409.725-1.0
K. Suzuki C40100011.270.321.467.7880.5
M. Taylor CF42200001.231.306.308.6138.0
M. Scherzer P11000010.114.114.114.2290.5
a- M. Adams PH10000011.252.281.470.751-0.5
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rainey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Escobar (17), C. Kelly (10)
  • HR - N. Ahmed (5), C. Kelly (8)
  • RBI - E. Escobar (57), N. Ahmed (27), C. Kelly (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 3 (3), A. Jones, K. Cron 3 (3), I. Vargas
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (12)
  • HR - A. Rendon (15), H. Kendrick (12)
  • SF - V. Robles (3), A. Rendon (2)
  • SH - M. Scherzer (3)
  • RBI - T. Turner (15), V. Robles 2 (28), A. Rendon 2 (48), J. Soto (40), H. Kendrick (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto, H. Kendrick, K. Suzuki, M. Taylor
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Dyson (15)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (10), M. Taylor 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Ray
FIELDING
  • E - H. Kendrick (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (L, 5-4)6.05551523.831.324.5
M. Andriese0.22221105.051.43-4.5
S. Crichton1.11000100.000.502.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (L, 5-4)6.0
M. Andriese0.2
S. Crichton1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 5-5)7.032211022.811.0830.0
W. Suero0.22111106.351.41-3.5
T. Rainey (H, 3)0.10000001.590.880.0
S. Doolittle1.01001203.451.362.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 5-5)7.0
W. Suero0.2
T. Rainey (H, 3)0.1
S. Doolittle1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 98-61, M. Andriese 20-14, S. Crichton 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 6-8, S. Crichton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 25, M. Andriese 5, S. Crichton 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 104-73, W. Suero 17-10, T. Rainey 6-4, S. Doolittle 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 3-9, W. Suero 1-0, T. Rainey 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, W. Suero 5, T. Rainey, S. Doolittle 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Dyson CF30000120.263.354.401.7552.0
a- C. Walker PH00000100.248.327.466.7931.0
K. Marte 2B41000113.277.329.528.8571.5
D. Peralta LF30000011.291.348.504.8520.5
A. Jones RF40200021.279.326.488.8131.0
E. Escobar 3B40110001.293.350.576.9263.0
K. Cron 1B40000013.222.275.500.775-0.5
N. Ahmed SS41111020.266.320.414.7345.0
C. Kelly C41211010.264.340.527.8677.5
R. Ray P20000020.040.040.040.080-1.0
b- I. Vargas PH10000001.246.276.381.6580.0
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Crichton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Locastro PH10000011.235.388.338.726-0.5
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  • a-walked for Dyson in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Ray in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Crichton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS32110110.286.338.532.8707.5
V. Robles RF30120000.234.305.407.7123.0
A. Rendon 3B31121011.315.414.6551.0696.5
J. Soto LF40110001.285.381.489.8702.0
H. Kendrick 1B31111101.323.372.599.9717.0
B. Dozier 2B40000021.228.316.409.725-1.0
K. Suzuki C40100011.270.321.467.7880.5
M. Taylor CF42200001.231.306.308.6138.0
M. Scherzer P11000010.114.114.114.2290.5
a- M. Adams PH10000011.252.281.470.751-0.5
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rainey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Scherzer in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Escobar (17), C. Kelly (10)
  • HR - N. Ahmed (5), C. Kelly (8)
  • RBI - E. Escobar (57), N. Ahmed (27), C. Kelly (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 3 (3), A. Jones, K. Cron 3 (3), I. Vargas
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (12)
  • HR - A. Rendon (15), H. Kendrick (12)
  • SF - V. Robles (3), A. Rendon (2)
  • SH - M. Scherzer (3)
  • RBI - T. Turner (15), V. Robles 2 (28), A. Rendon 2 (48), J. Soto (40), H. Kendrick (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto, H. Kendrick, K. Suzuki, M. Taylor
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Dyson (15)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (10), M. Taylor 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Ray
FIELDING
  • E - H. Kendrick (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (L, 5-4)6.05551523.831.324.5
M. Andriese0.22221105.051.43-4.5
S. Crichton1.11000100.000.502.5
Total8.0877272---
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (L, 5-4)6.0
M. Andriese0.2
S. Crichton1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 5-5)7.032211022.811.0830.0
W. Suero0.22111106.351.41-3.5
T. Rainey (H, 3)0.10000001.590.880.0
S. Doolittle1.01001203.451.362.0
Total9.06333132---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 5-5)7.0
W. Suero0.2
T. Rainey (H, 3)0.1
S. Doolittle1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 98-61, M. Andriese 20-14, S. Crichton 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 6-8, S. Crichton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 25, M. Andriese 5, S. Crichton 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 104-73, W. Suero 17-10, T. Rainey 6-4, S. Doolittle 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 3-9, W. Suero 1-0, T. Rainey 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 27, W. Suero 5, T. Rainey, S. Doolittle 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Escobar doubled to deep right, Marte scored, Jones to third37
  • 7TH INNING
    Rendon hit sacrifice fly to center, Turner scored27
    Robles singled to left, Taylor scored, Turner to third26
  • 6TH INNING
    Kendrick homered to left center25
    Rendon homered to left center24
  • 5TH INNING
    Ahmed homered to left center23
  • 3RD INNING
    Soto singled to shallow left, Turner scored13
    Robles hit sacrifice fly to left, Scherzer scored12
    Turner doubled to deep left, Taylor scored, Scherzer to third11
    Kelly homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Tanner Rainey
    • N. Ahmed: Ahmed popped out to shortstop
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kelly doubled to left center
    • Tim Locastro hit for Stefan Crichton
    • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Locastro struck out swinging
    • Christian Walker hit for Jarrod Dyson
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Walker walked
    • K. Marte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Dyson grounded out to third
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Jones singled to left, Marte to second
    • E. Escobar: Escobar doubled to deep right, Marte scored, Jones to third
    • Tanner Rainey relieved Wander Suero
    • K. Cron: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cron grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Crichton Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick flied out to deep right
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Suzuki reached on an infield single to second
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • K. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron flied out to shallow right
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ahmed struck out looking
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Kelly safe at first on 1st baseman Kendrick fielding error
    • Ildemaro Vargas hit for Robbie Ray
    • I. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Matt Andriese pitching
    • M. Taylor: Taylor reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • Matt Adams hit for Max Scherzer
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Taylor stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Taylor stole third, Turner to second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Robles singled to left, Taylor scored, Turner to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Rendon hit sacrifice fly to center, Turner scored
    • Stefan Crichton relieved Matt Andriese
    • J. Soto: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Peralta flied out to center
    • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon homered to left center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto grounded out to first
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick homered to left center
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Suzuki lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Ahmed homered to left center
    • C. Kelly: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • R. Ray: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ray struck out swinging
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dyson walked
    • K. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Dyson stole second, Marte grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Robles grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Peralta flied out to left
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to right
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep center
    • K. Cron: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to first
    • M. Taylor: Taylor flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Kelly homered to left
    • R. Ray: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ray struck out swinging
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Marte lined out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor singled to shallow center
    • M. Scherzer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Scherzer hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Taylor to third on Ray throwing error
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner doubled to deep left, Taylor scored, Scherzer to third
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Robles hit sacrifice fly to left, Scherzer scored
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon lined out to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Soto singled to shallow left, Turner scored
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Escobar lined out to first
    • K. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ahmed struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Soto fouled out to left
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kendrick walked
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier flied out to left
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Dyson struck out on foul tip
    • K. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to first
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Peralta hit by pitch
    • A. Jones: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Robles lined out to center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)