Scherzer fans 10, wins 5th straight start, Nats beat Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Max Scherzer had his worst outing of the season the last time he visited Marlins Park and vowed to do better in his next trip.

He did.

Scherzer struck out 10 in eight innings and won his fifth straight start, leading the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Tuesday night.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed season highs in hits (11) and earned runs (six) in a 9-3 loss on April 20 the last time he was at Marlins Park.

The announced crowd was 7,327 for the rematch.

''You've got to come down here and you might not have many fans in the stands, there's no atmosphere here, but you've got to mentally bring it every single time,'' Scherzer said.

''They know how to play in this atmosphere and that's what they're really good at, catching you and grinding you away. It's happened to me coming down here. I was fully aware of that and I wanted to come out there and really put an `A' game against them,'' he said.

Scherzer (7-5) is 5-0 with a 0.92 ERA over his last seven starts and has fanned exactly 10 in three straight games. He also had two hits and scored twice.

''It's fun because it makes it a quicker game and we're not standing around so much,'' Nationals shortstop Trea Turner said. ''He pitched great. You see it time and time again and he does it different ways.''

Scherzer allowed five hits and one run while throwing 71 of 94 pitches for strikes. He credited catcher Kurt Suzuki with making things easy.

''We had a good game plan going in on what we wanted to work on, when we wanted to throw each pitch, and really executed with every single off-speed pitch. When I can do that and be consistent with my off-speed pitches, it makes Zuk that much better and he gets fired up because he knows he can put together some sequences.''

Turner hit a three-run homer and Juan Soto knocked in two runs for the Nationals, who have won six of eight.

Miami had its four-game winning streak end, and manager Don Mattingly and shortstop Miguel Rojas were ejected in the eighth by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for arguing. Rojas struck out earlier in the inning.

''I feel it was more of a personal thing,'' Rojas said. ''I wasn't happy with that call right there. I feel sometimes they make calls because the game is a little open right there and you can't come back.''

Trevor Richards (3-8) allowed a season-high six runs in five innings. Curtis Granderson knocked in the Marlins' only run while Garrett Cooper had his 14-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 night.

The Nationals scored three runs in the third on Soto's two-run single and a grounder by Howie Kendrick.

Turner's sixth homer of the season gave the Nationals a 6-0 lead in the fourth.

''They made me throw pitches up and took advantage of those pitches,'' Richards said.

Granderson's RBI single in the fourth was the first run Scherzer had allowed in 13 innings.

''You're always going to be in a battle every time you face him,'' Mattingly said. ''You've got to stay with him. When you get behind early, it puts you in a bind with him.''

Adam Conley relieved Richards and struck out seven in three innings. It was the fourth time in Marlins history a reliever had at least seven strikeouts, the first since Merandy Gonzalez fanned seven in May 2018.

ARROW MAN

The Nationals tried to boost their bullpen, calling up veteran relievers Fernando Rodney and Jonny Venters from the minors.

The 42-year-old Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth and, as usual, enjoyed an arrow-shooting celebration when it was over. The right-handed Rodney, who was with Oakland earlier this season, is with his 11th major league team.

Venters, a 34-year-old lefty, pitched for Atlanta this season. He's come back from three Tommy John surgeries.

The Nats sent righty Kyle McGowin to Triple-A Fresno and transferred right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (shoulder) to the 60-day injured list.

SOTO STRING

Soto has extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .429 (15 for 35) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 11 RBIs during that span.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) has been rehabbing with Double-A Harrisburg and is aiming toward a return in the weekend series at Detroit. ''If everything goes well from now until then, he'll meet us in Detroit,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''He had a good day yesterday, will DH today, and hopefully if he feels good play nine innings tomorrow and then we'll see where we're at.'' ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson was transferred to the 60-day injured list. ''It's going to be a little longer process than we thought and we just want to make sure he's OK,'' Martinez said.

Marlins: 1B Neil Walker (quad) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. ... LHP Caleb Smith (hip) will make another rehab start before rejoining the team after he struck out 11 in 4 1/3 innings on 71 pitches for Double-A Jacksonville on Monday. ''I know Caleb probably feels he's ready to go, but for us it wouldn't be over 90 pitches the next time out and it puts us in a little bit of a bind,'' Mattingly said. ''I think we've got to get Caleb all the way back to full speed.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-5, 3.90 ERA) threw a complete game against the Marlins on May 25.

Marlins: RHP Zac Gallen (0-0, 1.80) will make his second big league start after allowing one run in five innings at St. Louis in his debut.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (7-5)L: T. Richards (3-8)
  • HR: WAS - T. Turner (6)
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  • a-grounded out for Scherzer in the 9th
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S. Castro 2B40000013.235.265.317.582-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Richards in the 5th
  • b-singled for Conley in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - T. Turner (6)
  • RBI - T. Turner 3 (19), J. Soto 2 (50), H. Kendrick (44)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Kendrick 2 (2), K. Suzuki, B. Dozier
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (16)
  • RBI - C. Granderson (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), S. Castro, J. Riddle
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Turner-Dozier-Kendrick; Dozier-Turner-Kendrick)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 7-5)8.051101002.521.0333.0
F. Rodney1.00001108.802.152.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 7-5)8.0
F. Rodney1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 3-8)5.07662313.941.28-3.5
A. Conley3.01000707.201.6011.5
A. Brice1.00000102.351.243.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 3-8)5.0
A. Conley3.0
A. Brice1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 94-71, F. Rodney 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-6, F. Rodney 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 29, F. Rodney 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 93-63, A. Conley 37-24, A. Brice 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 6-6, A. Brice 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 24, A. Conley 10, A. Brice 3
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A. Rendon 3B41200010.314.406.6311.0372.5
J. Soto LF30120120.306.400.532.9323.0
H. Kendrick 1B40010013.328.381.575.9560.5
K. Suzuki C40100001.275.318.486.8041.0
B. Dozier 2B40000021.231.313.429.742-1.0
V. Robles CF41100020.242.314.433.7471.0
M. Scherzer P32200010.150.150.150.3003.5
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  • a-grounded out for Scherzer in the 9th
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M. Rojas SS30200011.279.344.341.6853.5
A. Brice P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Cooper RF40000014.315.385.503.889-0.5
B. Anderson 3B31100111.254.339.415.7542.5
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  • a-struck out for Richards in the 5th
  • b-singled for Conley in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - T. Turner (6)
  • RBI - T. Turner 3 (19), J. Soto 2 (50), H. Kendrick (44)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Kendrick 2 (2), K. Suzuki, B. Dozier
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (16)
  • RBI - C. Granderson (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), S. Castro, J. Riddle
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Turner-Dozier-Kendrick; Dozier-Turner-Kendrick)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 7-5)8.051101002.521.0333.0
F. Rodney1.00001108.802.152.5
Total9.05111110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 7-5)8.0
F. Rodney1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 3-8)5.07662313.941.28-3.5
A. Conley3.01000707.201.6011.5
A. Brice1.00000102.351.243.5
Total9.08662111---
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 3-8)5.0
A. Conley3.0
A. Brice1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Scherzer (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 94-71, F. Rodney 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-6, F. Rodney 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 29, F. Rodney 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 93-63, A. Conley 37-24, A. Brice 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 6-6, A. Brice 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 24, A. Conley 10, A. Brice 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Granderson singled to right, Anderson scored61
    Turner homered to left center, Robles and Scherzer scored60
  • 3RD INNING
    Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to second, Rendon scored, Soto out at second30
    Soto singled to right center, Scherzer and Eaton scored, Rendon to third20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Austin Brice pitching
    • V. Robles: Foul, Robles grounded out to shortstop
    • Matt Adams hit for Max Scherzer
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Ball, Adams grounded out to first
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Fernando Rodney pitching
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Anderson out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Conley Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Soto struck out on foul tip
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to center
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Harold Ramirez hit for Adam Conley
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cooper grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ramirez out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Conley Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Eaton lined out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Granderson flied out to deep right
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle flied out to center
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Adam Conley pitching
    • B. Dozier: Dozier popped out to second
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Scherzer struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro popped out to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Walker grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kendrick flied out to right
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Suzuki flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Castillo lined out to right
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Trevor Richards
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Rojas doubled to deep left
    • G. Cooper: Cooper grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Robles singled to right center
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Scherzer reached on bunt single to pitcher, Robles to second
    • T. Turner: Turner homered to left center, Robles and Scherzer scored
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton popped out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Anderson reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Foul, Castro grounded out to third, Anderson to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Walker grounded out to first, Anderson to third
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson singled to right, Anderson scored
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Scherzer singled to left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner grounded out to third, Scherzer to second
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon singled to left, Scherzer to third, Eaton to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto singled to right center, Scherzer and Eaton scored, Rendon to third
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Kendrick reached on fielder's choice to second, Rendon scored, Soto out at second
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki popped out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • W. Castillo: Castillo flied out to center
    • T. Richards: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Richards struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas hit by pitch
    • G. Cooper: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
    • V. Robles: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner fouled out to first
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon singled to left center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soto walked, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rojas singled to shallow right
    • G. Cooper: Cooper grounded out to pitcher, Rojas to second
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro fouled out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)