Scherzer strikes out 17 in second no-hitter of season
NEW YORK – Max Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter this season for Washington, striking out a team-record 17 and leading the Nationals over the NL East champion New York Mets 2-0 Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep.
Only one batter reached base against Scherzer, and that came on a throwing error when third baseman Yunel Escobar bounced a throw on Kevin Plawecki’s leadoff grounder in the sixth inning.
The All-Star righty became just the sixth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a year, and the first since Roy Halladay in 2010 — the former Phillies ace had one in the regular season and another in the playoffs.
“These things are special,” Scherzer said. “To do it twice in one season, my gosh, it doesn’t seem possible.”
Scherzer struck out nine straight batters before Curtis Granderson hit an easy popup to Escobar to end it on his 109th pitch.
“To throw a no-hitter sometimes it takes a little luck,” Scherzer said. “I was able to execute all four of my pitches whether I was behind in the count or ahead in the count.”
Dodgers 2, Padres 1
In Los Angeles, Zack Greinke earned the NL ERA title.
Reds 3, Pirates 1
In Pittsburgh, A.J. Burnett was outpitched by a rookie in the final regular-season start of his career.
Cubs 1, Brewers 0
In Milwaukee, Kyle Hendricks allowed one hit and struck out eight in six innings.
Giants 3, Rockies 2
In San Francisco, Jake Peavy pitched five innings for his fifth consecutive win.
Marlins 7, Phillies 6 (1st)
Marlins 5, Phillies 2 (2nd)
In Philadelphia, Dee Gordon got his 200th hit of the season in the opener, and Christian Yelich tied a club record with hits in eight straight at-bats.
Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-5 for the day.
Cardinals at Braves — ppd.
Angels 11, Rangers 10
In Arlington, Texas, the Angels rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to take their playoff hopes into the final day of the regular season.
Royals 5, Twins 1
In Minneapolis, the Twins were stifled by Yordano Ventura for seven innings.
Orioles 9, Yankees 2 (1st)
Orioles 4, Yankees 3 (2nd)
In Baltimore, reliever Dellin Betances allowed the go-ahead run in the second game to score on a wild pitch.
The Orioles roughed up Ivan Nova in the opener.
Indians 2, Red Sox 0
In Cleveland, Corey Kluber pitched eight solid innings.
White Sox 4, Tigers 3
In Chicago, Leury Garcia singled home the winning run in the ninth.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 3
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Tim Beckham hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Athletics 7, Mariners 5 (13)
In Seattle, Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer..
Astros 6, Diamondbacks 2
In Phoenix, Collin McHugh earned his 19th victory, and Colby Rasmus homered twice.
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