Scherzer no-hit try into 7th, Nats top Cards, lead NLCS 2-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) Max Scherzer was strength and fire. Aníbal S��nchez was artistry and deception.

Two different styles, two absolute gems for the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer followed Sánchez's near no-hitter with a try of his own, and the stingy Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

"We really want to win here," the hard-charging Scherzer said. "So that's what's going to happen, we're going to compete and win."

Scherzer didn't allow a hit until Paul Goldschmidt led off the seventh inning with a single that left fielder Juan Soto played conservatively with a 1-0 lead. A day earlier, Sánchez held the Cardinals hitless until José Martínez had a pinch single with two down in the eighth.

Sánchez and Scherzer also began the 2013 ALCS with consecutive no-hit bids of at least five innings for Detroit against Boston. They are the only pitchers to accomplish the feat in postseason history.

"The way he can change speeds and execute pitches, it's a treat to really watch and get to pitch with him," Scherzer said. "For me, I'm just in the moment. I'm not trying to do anything great, I'm just trying to stick within my game."

Scherzer, a St. Louis native who played college ball for the University of Missouri, struck out 11 and walked two in seven innings.

It doesn't get any easier for St. Louis, either. Ace Stephen Strasburg gets the ball for the wild-card Nationals when the best-of-seven series moves to Washington for Game 3 on Monday night. Jack Flaherty pitches for the Cards.

"They have a pretty strong advantage right now," Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright said.

"I've got a lot of confidence in our hitters. I think our hitters are going to do something special in Washington."

St. Louis got another solid performance from Wainwright, who struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings.

But after getting only one hit in the opener, the Cardinals' inconsistent lineup managed just three hits against Scherzer and the Washington bullpen.

"We trust in each other. We've been in this position before," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. "We just have to figure out how to get better."

The NL Central champions got their first run of the series when center fielder Michael A. Taylor misplayed Martínez's pinch-hit liner into an RBI double with two outs in the eighth. But Dexter Fowler flied out on Sean Doolittle's next pitch on a tough day to see the ball with the shadows from the mid-afternoon start.

Patrick Corbin got the first out of the ninth before Daniel Hudson earned his third save of the playoffs. The right-hander was reinstated from the postseason paternity list before the game after he missed the series opener to be with his wife, Sara, for the birth of their third child, a girl named Millie.

Corbin is expected to start Game 4 for the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Scherzer, who has pitched two no-hitters in the regular season, has a record five career postseason no-hit bids of at least five innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The three-time Cy Young Award winner came closest to finishing in Game 3 of the 2017 NL Division Series, getting one out in the seventh inning before allowing a hit.

There have only been two postseason no-hitters. Don Larsen threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees against Brooklyn in the 1956 World Series, and Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 NL Division Series.

"It's a good ballclub, but we've got great pitchers," Taylor said. "They went out and executed pitch after pitch."

The Cardinals got one baserunner into scoring position while Scherzer was on the mound. Kolten Wong walked with one out in the first and stole second, but Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna struck out.

After Goldschmidt's hit, Ozuna struck out again and Molina bounced into an inning-ending double play on Scherzer's final pitch of the afternoon.

Washington went ahead to stay when Taylor homered on Wainwright's first pitch of the third. The Nationals added two more on Adam Eaton's double down the first-base line with one out in the eighth.

"This is really, it's not just one guy carrying this team or two guys," Scherzer said. "It's really just a collective of everybody out there doing their job."

ALL THOSE KS

It was the second postseason game in major league history in which each starter recorded more than 10 strikeouts. Jacob deGrom (13 Ks) and Clayton Kershaw (11 strikeouts) also accomplished the feat in Game 1 of the 2015 NLDS.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki returned to the starting lineup after being sidelined by a head injury. He got hurt by a foul ball that ricocheted during Washington's clinching victory in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. ... OF Victor Robles was out of the lineup again because of a strained right hamstring. He got hurt in Game 2 against Los Angeles.

UP NEXT

Flaherty struck out eight in six innings in St. Louis' 13-1 victory over Atlanta in Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday. The right-hander turns 24 on Tuesday.

Strasburg made two starts against St. Louis this season, going 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA. He has allowed four runs in 15 innings in the playoffs.

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  • W: M. Scherzer (2-0)L: A. Wainwright (0-1)S: D. Hudson (3)
  • HR: WAS - M. Taylor (1)
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A. Eaton RF40120011.179.303.286.5893.5
A. Rendon 3B30100111.346.457.5771.0341.5
J. Soto LF40000034.226.314.419.734-1.5
H. Kendrick 2B40000022.258.303.387.690-1.0
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R. Zimmerman 1B40000010.304.333.522.855-0.5
K. Suzuki C40000030.000.200.000.200-1.5
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M. Taylor CF41211020.300.364.450.8146.0
M. Scherzer P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- M. Adams PH11100000.333.333.333.6672.0
B. Dozier 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Scherzer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF30000121.069.156.103.2600.0
K. Wong 2B30000101.192.300.308.6083.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100021.345.387.6901.0770.0
M. Ozuna LF40000022.310.355.621.976-1.0
Y. Molina C30000001.115.172.115.2880.0
M. Carpenter 3B30000020.091.267.091.358-1.0
T. Edman RF30000020.240.296.440.736-1.0
P. DeJong SS31100010.208.269.250.5191.5
A. Wainwright P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Martinez PH10110000.800.8001.0001.8003.0
R. Helsley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton
  • HR - M. Taylor
  • RBI - A. Eaton 2 (3), M. Taylor
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto 2 (2), H. Kendrick, M. Scherzer
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez
  • RBI - J. Martinez
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler, K. Wong, M. Ozuna
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Kendrick-Zimmerman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 2-0)7.010021101.800.8533.5
S. Doolittle (H, 2)1.02110103.180.530.5
P. Corbin (H, 1)0.10000007.561.680.0
D. Hudson (S, 3)0.20000000.001.387.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 2-0)7.0
S. Doolittle (H, 2)1.0
P. Corbin (H, 1)0.1
D. Hudson (S, 3)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (L, 0-1)7.173311111.800.9313.5
A. Miller0.20000100.000.670.5
R. Helsley1.00000200.000.304.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (L, 0-1)7.1
A. Miller0.2
R. Helsley1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 101-65, S. Doolittle 21-16, P. Corbin 2-2, D. Hudson 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 6-3, P. Corbin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 23, S. Doolittle 5, P. Corbin, D. Hudson 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Wainwright
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 99-73, A. Miller 10-6, R. Helsley 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 7-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 30, A. Miller 2, R. Helsley 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS41200000.294.333.471.8043.0
A. Eaton RF40120011.179.303.286.5893.5
A. Rendon 3B30100111.346.457.5771.0341.5
J. Soto LF40000034.226.314.419.734-1.5
H. Kendrick 2B40000022.258.303.387.690-1.0
S. Doolittle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Corbin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000010.304.333.522.855-0.5
K. Suzuki C40000030.000.200.000.200-1.5
Y. Gomes C00000000.333.455.444.8990.0
M. Taylor CF41211020.300.364.450.8146.0
M. Scherzer P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- M. Adams PH11100000.333.333.333.6672.0
B. Dozier 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Scherzer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF30000121.069.156.103.2600.0
K. Wong 2B30000101.192.300.308.6083.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100021.345.387.6901.0770.0
M. Ozuna LF40000022.310.355.621.976-1.0
Y. Molina C30000001.115.172.115.2880.0
M. Carpenter 3B30000020.091.267.091.358-1.0
T. Edman RF30000020.240.296.440.736-1.0
P. DeJong SS31100010.208.269.250.5191.5
A. Wainwright P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Martinez PH10110000.800.8001.0001.8003.0
R. Helsley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Miller in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton
  • HR - M. Taylor
  • RBI - A. Eaton 2 (3), M. Taylor
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto 2 (2), H. Kendrick, M. Scherzer
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez
  • RBI - J. Martinez
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler, K. Wong, M. Ozuna
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Wong (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Kendrick-Zimmerman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (W, 2-0)7.010021101.800.8533.5
S. Doolittle (H, 2)1.02110103.180.530.5
P. Corbin (H, 1)0.10000007.561.680.0
D. Hudson (S, 3)0.20000000.001.387.0
Total9.03112120---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (W, 2-0)7.0
S. Doolittle (H, 2)1.0
P. Corbin (H, 1)0.1
D. Hudson (S, 3)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (L, 0-1)7.173311111.800.9313.5
A. Miller0.20000100.000.670.5
R. Helsley1.00000200.000.304.0
Total9.07331141---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (L, 0-1)7.1
A. Miller0.2
R. Helsley1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 101-65, S. Doolittle 21-16, P. Corbin 2-2, D. Hudson 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 6-3, P. Corbin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 23, S. Doolittle 5, P. Corbin, D. Hudson 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Wainwright
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 99-73, A. Miller 10-6, R. Helsley 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 7-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 30, A. Miller 2, R. Helsley 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Martinez doubled to deep center, DeJong scored31
    Eaton doubled to right, Turner and Adams scored30
  • 3RD INNING
    Taylor homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Ryan Helsley pitching
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman flied out to deep center
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki struck out looking
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yan Gomes catching
    • Patrick Corbin relieved Sean Doolittle
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong grounded out to second
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Patrick Corbin
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt flied out to left
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna fouled out to first
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • Matt Adams hit for Max Scherzer
    • M. Adams: Adams singled to deep right center
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Turner singled to center, Adams to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Eaton doubled to right, Turner and Adams scored
    • A. Rendon: Rendon intentionally walked
    • Andrew Miller relieved Adam Wainwright
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Soto popped out to shortstop
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brian Dozier at second base
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • T. Edman: Ball, Strike looking, Edman lined out to right
    • P. DeJong: Foul, DeJong singled to center
    • Jose Martinez hit for Andrew Miller
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez doubled to deep center, DeJong scored
    • D. Fowler: Fowler flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick grounded out to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman flied out to deep center
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Goldschmidt singled to left
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Molina grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Goldschmidt out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner singled to right center
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: DeJong popped out to shortstop
    • A. Wainwright: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wainwright struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Foul, Wong grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to deep center
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Scherzer: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Scherzer grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina flied out to right
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Edman struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Wong grounded out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna popped out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Taylor homered to left
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner lined out to first
    • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • A. Wainwright: Strike looking, Wainwright grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman grounded out to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • T. Edman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Edman struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Eaton flied out to shallow left
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon singled to left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Wong stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)