Scherzer strikes out 14 as Nationals top Tigers, 2-1

DETROIT (AP) With 100 pitches thrown and warming up for his final inning of work, Max Scherzer noticed Miguel Cabrera coming into the on-deck circle on Sunday.

He knew Cabrera would be pinch-hitting next and was excited for an eight-inning showdown between future Hall of Famers.

''I knew this was going to be on, so you get excited in that moment,'' Scherzer said. ''That's full adrenaline right there.''

Scherzer (8-5) struck out his former teammate on four pitches, one of 14 on the afternoon as he pitched in Comerica Park for the first time since leaving Detroit as a free agent after the 2014 season, lifting the Washington Nationals over the Tigers 2-1 on Sunday.

Scherzer stuck out double-digit batters for the fourth straight outing and allowed four hits. In his last eight games, he's 6-0 allowing only six earned runs with 83 strikeouts in 57 innings. He did not walk a batter Sunday, and 86 of his 115 pitches were strikes.

''It's kind business as usual, at this point,'' closer Sean Doolittle said of Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young winner. ''I don't mean that as a cliche, but he's set the bar so high so high for himself.''

The only run allowed by Scherzer, who struck out 20 batters the last time he faced the Tigers in 2016, was a Brandon Dixon home run in the seventh inning, his team-leading 11th.

But Anthony Rendon led off the eighth inning with the game-winner home run, his team-leading 19th and the second home run in as many days.

Rendon's blast came off Joe Jimenez (2-6), who allowed a home run and a walk to the only two batters he faced.

Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann, who also was starting against his former team, struck out four batters in six innings, allowing one run.

''(Zimmermann) threw the ball fantastic and Scherzer came as advertised,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He was filthy. Good stuff, great fastball and all those things. We knew it was going to be a tough day trying to score runs.''

Kurt Suzuki scored Rendon with an RBI single in the fourth inning. That play was set up by Matt Adams reaching safely on a potential double-play ball that could have ended the inning.

Rendon had reached on a double to start the inning, and Zimmermann said the slider he threw is the one pitch he'd like to have back.

''I tried to come front door with it,'' Zimmermann said. ''It was a really dumb pitch on my part.''

Sean Doolittle earned his 18th save, allowing one hit and a walk in the ninth inning, getting Niko Goodrum to pop out with two runners on to end the game. It was career save No. 100 for the 32-year-old.

After Scherzer told the team about the milestone, the Nationals mobbed Doolittle with a shaving cream pie to the face during a post-game dance party celebration in the locker room.

''It's not a milestone that's necessarily going to put me on the top of any leaderboard or anything, but it still means a lot to me,'' Doolittle said. ''To come through for my team now 100 times over the course of my career? I don't know, that's pretty cool. I'm excited about it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Infielder Jordy Mercer may re-join the team this week in Chicago. He's been on the injured list since May 9 with a right quad strain and has been rehabbing in Triple-A Toledo since June 22.

UNFRIENDLY CONFINES

The Tigers have won just three of their last 25 games at home.

PROLONGED POWER

Sunday was the 15th straight game a Washington player homered, a team record.

MOVING ON UP

Scherzer passed Hall of Famer Tom Glavine and then Chuck Finley on the all-time strikeout list. His 2,619 strikeouts rank 25th all-time and third on the active list behind CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander.

''His stuff moves really late,'' Dixon said. ''You think it's in one spot and then you swing and you look at the video and it's like, `Dang, that moved a lot more than I thought.'

''And every pitch looks very similar. When you have three pitches you're throwing for strikes and they all look alike, it's going to keep you off balance.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (7-5, 3.71 ERA) will open a three-game series at home against Miami on Tuesday, opposing RHP Zac Gallen (0-1, 3.60).

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (5-6, 3.72) will start Tuesday against RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-7, 6.12) in the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (8-5)L: J. Jimenez (2-6)S: S. Doolittle (18)
  • HR: WAS - A. Rendon (19), DET - B. Dixon (11)
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    C. Stewart LF30000021.225.312.385.697-1.0
    a- R. Rodriguez PH10000001.217.244.446.6900.0
    J. Candelario 3B40100021.207.296.299.5950.0
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    B. Wilson C20100000.136.136.182.3181.0
    b- M. Cabrera PH10000010.299.366.386.752-0.5
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    • a-lined out for Stewart in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Wilson in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Rendon (21)
    • HR - A. Rendon (19)
    • RBI - A. Rendon (58), K. Suzuki (35)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon 2 (2), H. Kendrick 2 (2), B. Dozier 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Goodrum (17)
    • HR - B. Dixon (11)
    • RBI - B. Dixon (32)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, B. Dixon, N. Goodrum 2 (2), H. Castro
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Turner (17), A. Eaton (6), V. Robles (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Scherzer (W, 8-5)8.041101412.431.0036.0
    S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.01001103.181.328.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Scherzer (W, 8-5)8.0
    S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann6.04112405.361.3916.0
    B. Farmer0.21001004.311.47-2.0
    D. Stumpf0.10000004.641.830.0
    J. Jimenez (L, 2-6)0.01111015.121.39-8.0
    J. Cisnero2.01001204.151.625.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann6.0
    B. Farmer0.2
    D. Stumpf0.1
    J. Jimenez (L, 2-6)0.0
    J. Cisnero2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 115-86, S. Doolittle 23-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 3-7
    • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 28, S. Doolittle 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 89-51, B. Farmer 15-8, D. Stumpf 5-3, J. Jimenez 10-3, J. Cisnero 34-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 4-10, B. Farmer 1-1, J. Cisnero 2-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 24, B. Farmer 4, D. Stumpf, J. Jimenez 2, J. Cisnero 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Eaton RF50200003.279.364.384.7484.0
    A. Rendon 3B52211003.311.398.6301.0289.0
    J. Soto LF10000310.297.402.534.9362.5
    H. Kendrick DH30000104.325.378.569.9471.0
    M. Adams 1B40000014.242.273.522.795-0.5
    K. Suzuki C40110002.273.313.494.8072.0
    B. Dozier 2B30000104.230.309.424.7331.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jones CF40000021.248.317.450.768-1.0
      N. Castellanos DH40100021.276.339.461.8000.0
      C. Stewart LF30000021.225.312.385.697-1.0
      a- R. Rodriguez PH10000001.217.244.446.6900.0
      J. Candelario 3B40100021.207.296.299.5950.0
      B. Dixon 1B31111111.247.274.482.7566.5
      N. Goodrum SS40100012.234.311.387.6981.5
      H. Castro RF30000021.272.294.358.652-1.0
      G. Beckham 2B30000020.216.300.400.700-1.0
      B. Wilson C20100000.136.136.182.3181.0
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      • a-lined out for Stewart in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Wilson in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rendon (21)
      • HR - A. Rendon (19)
      • RBI - A. Rendon (58), K. Suzuki (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon 2 (2), H. Kendrick 2 (2), B. Dozier 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Goodrum (17)
      • HR - B. Dixon (11)
      • RBI - B. Dixon (32)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, B. Dixon, N. Goodrum 2 (2), H. Castro
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Turner (17), A. Eaton (6), V. Robles (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Scherzer (W, 8-5)8.041101412.431.0036.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.01001103.181.328.5
      Total9.05111151---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Scherzer (W, 8-5)8.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 18)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann6.04112405.361.3916.0
      B. Farmer0.21001004.311.47-2.0
      D. Stumpf0.10000004.641.830.0
      J. Jimenez (L, 2-6)0.01111015.121.39-8.0
      J. Cisnero2.01001204.151.625.0
      Total9.0722561---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann6.0
      B. Farmer0.2
      D. Stumpf0.1
      J. Jimenez (L, 2-6)0.0
      J. Cisnero2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 115-86, S. Doolittle 23-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 3-7
      • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 28, S. Doolittle 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 89-51, B. Farmer 15-8, D. Stumpf 5-3, J. Jimenez 10-3, J. Cisnero 34-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 4-10, B. Farmer 1-1, J. Cisnero 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 24, B. Farmer 4, D. Stumpf, J. Jimenez 2, J. Cisnero 8
      • 8TH INNING
        Rendon homered to right21
      • 7TH INNING
        Dixon homered to right11
      • 4TH INNING
        Suzuki singled to center, Rendon scored, Adams to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • John Hicks catching
        • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
        • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Eaton singled to left
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon lined out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Max Scherzer
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos singled to center
        • Ronny Rodriguez hit for Christin Stewart
        • R. Rodriguez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rodriguez lined out to center
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • B. Dixon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dixon walked, Castellanos to second
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon homered to right
        • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
        • Jose Cisnero relieved Joe Jimenez
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kendrick walked, Soto to second
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Adams grounded out to first, Soto to third, Kendrick to second
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki popped out to first
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Miguel Cabrera hit for Bobby Wilson
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Buck Farmer relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • K. Suzuki: Suzuki grounded out to third
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • V. Robles: Foul, Foul, Ball, Robles reached on an infield single to third, Dozier to second
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner flied out to center, Dozier to third
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Buck Farmer
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Robles stole second, Ball, Eaton popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Candelario grounded out to second
        • B. Dixon: Strike (foul tip), Dixon homered to right
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum lined out to right
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Kendrick lined out to center
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wilson singled to left
        • J. Jones: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to center
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
        • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Eaton: Eaton singled to right
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Eaton stole second, Ball, Foul, Rendon flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • H. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • G. Beckham: Strike swinging, Beckham lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon doubled to deep left
        • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
        • H. Kendrick: Foul, Kendrick lined out to right
        • M. Adams: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adams reached on fielder's choice to first, Rendon to third, Soto out at second
        • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to center, Rendon scored, Adams to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Castellanos struck out on foul tip
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Candelario singled to center
        • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • V. Robles: Ball, Robles flied out to right
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Eaton fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • B. Wilson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson lined out to first
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams flied out to deep center
        • K. Suzuki: Suzuki grounded out to third
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Dixon grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Goodrum doubled to right
        • H. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Ball, Turner singled to left
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner stole second, Eaton popped bunt out to first
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon lined out to center, Turner to third
        • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto walked
        • H. Kendrick: Kendrick flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Scherzer Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jones flied out to deep center
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)