Scherzer goes 4 innings in return, Nationals top Pirates 7-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) To Max Scherzer, a short outing was totally OK.

''I can't get hurt again,'' the Washington Nationals ace said. ''That's just the reality of this.''

Scherzer pitched four innings in his return from the injured list Thursday night and the Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1.

Scherzer allowed one run and four hits, struck out three and walked one. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was put on the IL on July 26 with a strain in his upper back - a day earlier, he made his first start since being on the injured list with a back issue.

''I just wanted to come out here, not really empty the tank tonight, and just try to pitch,'' Scherzer said. ''Got out here and was able to go four innings, and got to get a good feel for this, of getting back in there.''

''I feel pretty good post-start. With this whole process of trying to learn what's going on here, it's a recovery,'' he said.

The Nationals hadn't set a pitch count for Scherzer in this game, but said they would closely monitor him. He threw 71 pitches, 48 for strikes.

''He threw 70-plus pitches, and he felt good,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''He was a little gassed, which we figured he would be. His intensity was like always and he got through it.''

Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick homered for Washington, which leads the NL wild-card race and won for the ninth time in 11 games.

The Pirates fell to 8-30 since the All-Star break. Steven Brault (3-3) allowed two runs, each scored in the first, in six innings. Five of Washington's seven hits off Brault came in the first two innings.

''It was just the ebb and flow of the game, and that's why I love starting so much,'' Brault said. ''That's why I've always loved starting. You have to be able to make adjustments throughout the game.''

Scherzer is 7-0 in his past 11 starts. He said the next step would be to build toward throwing 100 pitches in a game.

''Hopefully I wake up tomorrow and I feel good,'' Scherzer said. ''If I do, it's time to strengthen up. That will be a good sign, if I feel good tomorrow. ... This is a good start, but I'm not out of the woods.''

Hunter Strickland (2-1) allowed one hit in two innings for the win.

Scherzer struggled in the third, using 25 pitches and allowing Adam Frazier's seventh home run of the season on a fastball with one out. He stranded runners on first and second by striking out Colin Moran.

''We had one missed opportunity early,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''A couple innings where one more hit could've put some more pressure on (Scherzer). We're not getting the big hit when we need it.''

Kendrick singled, doubled and hit his 14th homer, a two-run drive in the eighth that made it 4-1. Rendon hit his 28th home run in the ninth.

''Everybody's contributing,'' Nationals shortstop Trea Turner said. ''It's a hard lineup to get through and it's been fun playing with those guys, and watching those guys.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 2B Brian Dozier was reinstated from the paternity list. ... RHP Kyle McGowin and INF Adrian Sanchez were optioned to Double-A Harrisburg.

Pirates: GM Neal Huntington announced Pittsburgh requested unconditional release waivers for C Francisco Cervelli, who has played 34 games while dealing with multiple concussions this season.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 3.99) is looking to avoid his first loss in more than more than three months when he takes the mound against the Cubs on Friday. He is 7-0 in 15 starts since allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers on May 10.

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (1-2, 8.86) will try to get past the fifth inning for the first time against Cincinnati on Friday. The 23-year-old rookie has lasted five innings or fewer in each of his first five major league starts, including when he gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Sunday.

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PIT52-75
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  • W: H. Strickland (2-1)L: S. Brault (3-3)
  • HR: WAS - H. Kendrick (14), A. Rendon (28), PIT - A. Frazier (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS51200022.296.357.491.8474.0
A. Eaton RF41100111.291.377.436.8132.5
A. Rendon 3B51211023.324.402.6131.0157.0
J. Soto LF31000212.286.399.548.9472.5
H. Kendrick 1B51331001.323.376.558.93411.0
K. Suzuki C50100002.270.327.469.7961.0
B. Dozier 2B30000011.234.335.441.776-0.5
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH11100000.247.311.406.7183.0
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Adams PH10000013.245.292.520.812-0.5
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Robles CF51210013.250.325.432.7575.5
M. Scherzer P20100001.178.178.178.3561.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Cabrera 2B20110000.246.330.417.7472.0
  • a-doubled for Strickland in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Rodney in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B41111001.264.324.389.7136.0
B. Reynolds LF40100010.324.396.514.9090.5
S. Marte CF40100011.288.331.500.8314.5
J. Bell 1B30000110.278.364.575.9390.5
C. Moran 3B40100012.282.329.438.7671.5
M. Cabrera RF40100000.276.309.398.7061.0
K. Newman SS40200002.298.340.410.7514.0
E. Diaz C40000014.243.299.307.606-0.5
S. Brault P20000020.310.333.345.678-1.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Osuna PH10000001.300.345.585.9300.0
C. Stratton P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner 2 (26), A. Rendon (35), H. Kendrick (19), G. Parra (12)
  • HR - A. Rendon (28), H. Kendrick (14)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (101), H. Kendrick 3 (53), V. Robles (54), A. Cabrera (65)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles (27), A. Cabrera (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, A. Eaton, A. Rendon 3 (3), K. Suzuki, B. Dozier, V. Robles 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Moran (22)
  • HR - A. Frazier (7)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, S. Marte, C. Moran 2 (2), E. Diaz 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte 2 (24), K. Newman (11)
FIELDING
  • PB - K. Suzuki (6)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bell (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer4.04111312.411.007.5
W. Suero1.01000204.881.283.0
H. Strickland (W, 2-1)2.01000002.920.7312.0
F. Rodney1.00000205.911.724.0
J. Guerra1.01000004.691.242.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer4.0
W. Suero1.0
H. Strickland (W, 2-1)2.0
F. Rodney1.0
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Brault (L, 3-3)6.07221403.981.418.0
R. Rodriguez1.00000203.531.334.0
C. Stratton2.07552325.711.63-6.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Brault (L, 3-3)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
C. Stratton2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 71-48, W. Suero 19-12, H. Strickland 24-15, F. Rodney 17-15, J. Guerra 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-5, W. Suero 1-0, H. Strickland 2-4, F. Rodney 1-0, J. Guerra 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 17, W. Suero 4, H. Strickland 7, F. Rodney 3, J. Guerra 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 98-63, R. Rodriguez 16-11, C. Stratton 60-37
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 8-6, R. Rodriguez 1-0, C. Stratton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Brault 26, R. Rodriguez 3, C. Stratton 15
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS51200022.296.357.491.8474.0
A. Eaton RF41100111.291.377.436.8132.5
A. Rendon 3B51211023.324.402.6131.0157.0
J. Soto LF31000212.286.399.548.9472.5
H. Kendrick 1B51331001.323.376.558.93411.0
K. Suzuki C50100002.270.327.469.7961.0
B. Dozier 2B30000011.234.335.441.776-0.5
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH11100000.247.311.406.7183.0
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Adams PH10000013.245.292.520.812-0.5
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Robles CF51210013.250.325.432.7575.5
M. Scherzer P20100001.178.178.178.3561.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Cabrera 2B20110000.246.330.417.7472.0
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  • a-doubled for Strickland in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Rodney in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B41111001.264.324.389.7136.0
B. Reynolds LF40100010.324.396.514.9090.5
S. Marte CF40100011.288.331.500.8314.5
J. Bell 1B30000110.278.364.575.9390.5
C. Moran 3B40100012.282.329.438.7671.5
M. Cabrera RF40100000.276.309.398.7061.0
K. Newman SS40200002.298.340.410.7514.0
E. Diaz C40000014.243.299.307.606-0.5
S. Brault P20000020.310.333.345.678-1.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Osuna PH10000001.300.345.585.9300.0
C. Stratton P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total3417111711-----
  • a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner 2 (26), A. Rendon (35), H. Kendrick (19), G. Parra (12)
  • HR - A. Rendon (28), H. Kendrick (14)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (101), H. Kendrick 3 (53), V. Robles (54), A. Cabrera (65)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles (27), A. Cabrera (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, A. Eaton, A. Rendon 3 (3), K. Suzuki, B. Dozier, V. Robles 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Moran (22)
  • HR - A. Frazier (7)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, S. Marte, C. Moran 2 (2), E. Diaz 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte 2 (24), K. Newman (11)
FIELDING
  • PB - K. Suzuki (6)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bell (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer4.04111312.411.007.5
W. Suero1.01000204.881.283.0
H. Strickland (W, 2-1)2.01000002.920.7312.0
F. Rodney1.00000205.911.724.0
J. Guerra1.01000004.691.242.0
Total9.0711171---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer4.0
W. Suero1.0
H. Strickland (W, 2-1)2.0
F. Rodney1.0
J. Guerra1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Brault (L, 3-3)6.07221403.981.418.0
R. Rodriguez1.00000203.531.334.0
C. Stratton2.07552325.711.63-6.5
Total9.01477392---
PITCHERSIP
S. Brault (L, 3-3)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
C. Stratton2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 71-48, W. Suero 19-12, H. Strickland 24-15, F. Rodney 17-15, J. Guerra 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 4-5, W. Suero 1-0, H. Strickland 2-4, F. Rodney 1-0, J. Guerra 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 17, W. Suero 4, H. Strickland 7, F. Rodney 3, J. Guerra 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 98-63, R. Rodriguez 16-11, C. Stratton 60-37
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 8-6, R. Rodriguez 1-0, C. Stratton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Brault 26, R. Rodriguez 3, C. Stratton 15
  • 9TH INNING
    Rendon homered to left71
  • 8TH INNING
    Cabrera singled to left, Robles scored, Cabrera to second61
    Robles singled to left, Parra scored51
    Kendrick homered to left center, Soto scored41
  • 3RD INNING
    Frazier homered to right21
  • 1ST INNING
    Kendrick grounded out to third, Eaton scored20
    Eaton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Turner scored on 1st baseman Bell fielding error10
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Stratton Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Rendon homered to left
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick singled to left, Soto to second
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki singled to left, Soto to third, Kendrick to second
    • Matt Adams hit for Fernando Rodney
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Robles popped out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran grounded out to first
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera lined out to left
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Newman reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Newman to second on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Diaz flied out to deep center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chris Stratton pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • H. Kendrick: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Kendrick homered to left center, Soto scored
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki flied out to center
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Hunter Strickland
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Parra doubled to deep left
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Ball, Robles singled to left, Parra scored
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Strike looking, Robles stole second, Cabrera singled to left, Robles scored, Cabrera to second
    • Tr. Turner: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Fernando Rodney pitching
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Steven Brault
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Strickland Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike swinging, Newman singled to right
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz lined out to shortstop
    • Jose Osuna hit for Richard Rodriguez
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Newman stole second, Osuna flied out to deep center, Newman to third
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier fouled out to first
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Robles grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hunter Strickland pitching
    • Asdrubal Cabrera at second base
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to first
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moran fouled out to left
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to catcher
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero relieved Max Scherzer
    • S. Brault: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Brault struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds singled to left
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Scherzer singled to right center
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Scherzer out at second
    • A. Eaton: Eaton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Turner out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to third
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman grounded out to second
    • E. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Soto lined out to center
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Kendrick doubled to left center
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki fouled out to catcher
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • S. Brault: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Brault struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier homered to right
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds flied out to deep right
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Marte reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marte stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte stole third, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robles reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Scherzer reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Robles out at second
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner doubled to left center, Scherzer to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Eaton walked
    • A. Rendon: Rendon fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to first
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moran doubled to left
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to right, Moran to third
    • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Newman flied out to left
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Turner doubled to deep left
    • A. Eaton: Eaton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Turner scored on 1st baseman Bell fielding error
    • A. Rendon: Rendon doubled to deep left, Eaton to third
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • H. Kendrick: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to third, Eaton scored
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Frazier flied out to deep right
    • B. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds lined out to left
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)