Scherzer throws sec­ond no-hitter this year as the Nats sweep Mets

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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 in Ma­jor League Base­ball on Satur­day for a dou­ble­header sweep.

Only one bat­ter reached base against Scherzer, and that came when third base­man Yunel Es­co­bar bounced a throw for an er­ror 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.

Scherzer struck out nine straight bat­ters be­fore Curtis Gran­der­son hit an easy popup to Es­co­bar to end it on his 109th pitch.

Johnny Van­der Meer, who pitched two in a row, Nolan Ryan, Vir­gil Trucks and Al­lie Reynolds also threw a pair in the same sea­son.

The Mets lost their fifth in a row, hav­ing dropped the opener 3- 1. The slide has ru­ined its chance of get­ting home-field ad­van­tage in the NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, which beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 later on Satur­day.

The Na­tion­als won the opener, 3-1, when Bryce Harper hit a tiebreak­ing, two-run homer in the eighth off Ad­di­son Reed (3-3).

Kyle Hen­dricks al­lowed one hit and struck out eight in six in­nings, and the Chicago Cubs kept alive their hopes to host to the NL wild card game with a 1-0 vic­tory over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

Chicago won its sev­enth straight game be­hind a stel­lar ef­fort from Hen­dricks (8-7). He held Mil­wau­kee with­out a baserun­ner un­til Martin Mal­don­ado one out in the sixth.

The Cubs will face Pittsburgh in the wild card matchup on Wed­nes­day. The Pi­rates lost 3-1 to Cincinnati on Satur­day, leav­ing them one game ahead of the Cubs, who hold the tiebreaker.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels ral­lied for five runs in the ninth in­ning, tak­ing their play­off hopes into the fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son with an 11-10 win over Texas that again kept the Rangers from clinch­ing the AL West ti­tle.

Rangers closer Shawn Tolle­son, pitch­ing for the fifth straight day, en­tered with a 10-6 lead and al­lowed con­sec­u­tive homers to Erick Ay­bar and Kole Cal­houn.

Collin McHugh earned his 19th vic­tory, Colby Ras­mus home­red twice and the Hous­ton Astros beat the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 6-2 to clinch at least a tie for the Amer­i­can League’s sec­ond wild card.

The Astros re­mained in con­tention for the AL West ti­tle as well

sin­gled with as the league’s first wild card.

McHugh (19-7), pitch­ing a night af­ter team­mate Dal­las Keuchel won his 20th game, al­lowed a run and six hits in seven in­nings to im­prove to 6-0 in his last seven starts. Jose Al­tuve home­red and dou­bled for Hous­ton.

Tim Beck­ham had a two-run sin­gle with two outs in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning and the Tampa Bay Rays ral­lied to beat the ALEast cham­pion Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.

Ed­win En­car­na­cion home­red for the fourth con­sec­u­tive game for the Blue Jays, who fell one game be­hind Kansas City, which ear­lier beat the Min­nesota Twins 5-1, head­ing into Sun­day’s fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Toronto holds the tiebreaker.

The NL Cen­tral cham­pion St. Louis Car­di­nals’ game at the At­lanta Braves was post­poned be­cause of rain. A dou­ble­header has been sched­uled for Sun­day, the fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

AP

Washington Na­tion­als start­ing pitcher Max Scherzer #31 cel­e­brates his no-hitter against the New York Mets with catcher Wil­son Ramos #40, Dan Ug­gla #26 and team­mates in the sec­ond base­ball game of a dou­ble­header in New York, Satur­day, Oct. 3.

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