Scherzer pitches 7 in­nings as Na­tion­als top Mar­lins

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Max Scherzer pitched seven sharp in­nings in his first start since he was side­lined by neck spasms, help­ing the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 3-2 on Mon­day night. Bryce Harper home­red for Wash­ing­ton, and pinch hit­ter Adam Lind sin­gled in the tiebreak­ing run in the eighth in­ning. The Na­tion­als ex­panded their lead in the NL East over sec­ond-place Mi­ami to 14 games. Bran­don Kint­zler (4-2) worked the eighth and Sean Doolit­tle got three outs to earn his sixth save. Both pitch­ers were ac­quired shortly be­fore the July 31 non-waiver trade dead­line. Gian­carlo Stan­ton hit his ma­jor league-lead­ing 37th homer for the Mar­lins, match­ing his pre­vi­ous ca­reer high. Jar­lin Garcia (0-2) got the loss. Scherzer struck out nine and gave up two runs. The righthander was com­ing off an ab­bre­vi­ated start against the Mar­lins six days ear­lier, when he was pulled af­ter one in­ning with neck spasms.


Matt Car­pen­ter hit a three-run homer in St Louis’ six-run fourth in­ning, help­ing the Car­di­nals earn their third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong also con­nected for the Car­di­nals, who re­turned to .500 at 56-56. Car­los Martinez (8-9) pitched eight in­nings of two-run ball for just his sec­ond win in his last nine starts. Roy­als right-han­der Ian Kennedy (48) was charged with seven runs, six earned, and six hits in six in­nings. He is win­less in 14 con­sec­u­tive starts at Kauff­man Sta­dium since beat­ing Min­nesota on Aug. 20, 2016. Mike Mous­takas, Eric Hos­mer and Bran­don Moss home­red for Kansas City, which has dropped six of eight.


Ed­die Rosario dou­bled home the ty­ing run in the sev­enth in­ning and scored the win­ning run for Min­nesota on a balk. Af­ter Ed­uardo Es­co­bar drew a lead­off walk, Rosario hit a smash to right field that fooled Domingo San­tana, who took two steps in be­fore watch­ing the ball sail over his head. Es­co­bar scored to tie the game at 4. Rosario was still at third with two out when the Brew­ers em­ployed a dra­matic shift on left-handed hit­ting Ja­son Cas­tro. With no fielder near third base to hold him on, Rosario danced half­way down the base­line, caus­ing Oliver Drake (3-4) to step off the rub­ber. When Drake stepped back on the rub­ber, Rosario made an­other break for home. This time Drake flinched and plate um­pire Bill Welke called a balk, send­ing Rosario home. Buddy Bosh­ers (1-0) re­tired one bat­ter in the sev­enth to earn the vic­tory. Matt Belisle worked the ninth for his sec­ond save.


Trevor Wil­liams pitched seven crisp in­nings, lead­ing Pitts­burgh to the win. Wil­liams (5-4) struck out five and walked two, giv­ing up only a lead­off sin­gle to James McCann in the third. Wil­liams threw a ca­reer-high 107 pitches and never al­lowed a run­ner to third base. Juan Ni­ca­sio got three outs for his sec­ond save, com­plet­ing Pitts­burgh’s one-hit­ter. The Pi­rates have won three straight and four of five. Fran­cisco Cervelli put the Pi­rates in front with an RBI dou­ble off Jor­dan Zim­mer­mann (7-9) in the sec­ond. John Jaso pro­vided some late in­sur­ance with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sev­enth. Zim­mer­mann struck out three and walked two in seven in­nings. The Tigers have dropped three straight fol­low­ing a four-game win­ning streak.


Joey Votto home­red for the third straight game and pulled into a tie with Ted Kluszewski on the Reds’ ca­reer list. The Reds home­red four times in all, with Pa­trick Kivle­han hit­ting his first ca­reer grand slam. Adam Du­vall and Zack Cozart also con­nected. Votto’s 251st ca­reer homer off Jhoulys Chacin (11-8) moved him into a tie for fifth place with Big Klu, the first base­man who cut the sleeves off his uni­form to free his big up­per arms. Votto’s 136th homer at Great Amer­i­can bumped him ahead of Jay Bruce for the ball­park record. Jose Pirela drove in all of San Diego’s runs with his first ca­reer mul­ti­homer game. The first was a two-run shot off Tim Adle­man, who went only 4 2/3 in­nings. Adle­man hasn’t won since June 27, go­ing 0-5 in seven starts with a 6.88 ERA. Blake Wood (1-4) re­placed Adle­man in the fifth and pitched out of a two-on threat. —AP

SAN FRAN­CISCO: San Fran­cisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, right, tags out Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant at home plate as Bryant tried to score from third base on a ground ball from Will­son Con­tr­eras dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game Mon­day, in San Fran­cisco. — AP pho­tos

CINCIN­NATI: Cincin­nati Reds’ Pa­trick Kivle­han, right, is forced out at sec­ond base by San Diego Padres short­stop Dusty Coleman dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game, Mon­day, in Cincin­nati.

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