Scherzer’s 16th win tops MLB

Na­tion­als ace blanks Mar­lins over 6 in­nings

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Har­vey Valen­tine As­so­ci­ated Press

WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer is us­ing all his tools to help keep the Na­tion­als’ play­off hopes alive.

Scherzer pitched six score­less in­nings, dou­bled and scored twice as the Na­tion­als beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 8-2 on Fri­day night for his ma­jor league-lead­ing 16th win.

Af­ter throw­ing seven shutout in­nings against the Cubs on Sun­day only to watch Chicago win on a walk-off grand slam, Scherzer (16-5) left with a 5-0 lead and watched the Na­tion­als thwart a Mar­lins rally.

Scherzer al­lowed at least one baserun­ner in four of six in­nings but worked out of trou­ble as Washington opened a sixgame

Late game

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home­s­tand with lit­tle mar­gin for er­ror as it seeks to get back into play­off con­tention.

“They grinded me,” Scherzer said. “There were some spots in the game that could have swung the game the other way, and (Matt) Wi­eters did a great job be­hind the plate find­ing the right pitch to throw at the right time.”

Scherzer struck out seven with one walk and is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA over his last six starts.

Ryan Zim­mer­man and Wi­eters home­red, and Bryce Harper and Adam Ea­ton had three hits each for Washington, which has won two straight af­ter los­ing seven of its pre­vi­ous nine.

Scherzer, who also reached on a field­ers’ choice, has hit safely in seven of his last eight starts and is bat­ting .296.

“I think big­gest thing with Max is in big pres­sure sit­u­a­tions he has the abil­ity to put the ball in play to where you don’t have that kind of strike­out sit­ting in the nine hole,” Wi­eters said.

Austin Dean home­red for his first ca­reer hit for the Mar­lins, who have lost six straight. Mi­ami made two er­rors and Harper took ad­van­tage of cen­ter fielder Mag­neuris Sierra’s ten­ta­tive play to turn a sin­gle into a dou­ble.

“We should have some pride in what we’re do­ing out there and I think we’ve Na­tion­als start­ing pitcher Max Scherzer tossed six score­less in­nings to earn his 16th win of the sea­son Fri­day night as Washington de­feated Mi­ami, 8-2.

showed that through the course of the sea­son for the most part, but here in the re­cent days it’s just un­ac­cept­able in what we’re watch­ing,” Mar­lins man­ager Don Mat­tingly said.

Mi­ami’s Dan Straily (4-6)

al­lowed five runs on nine hits in six in­nings.

Mat­tingly was ejected in the fourth in­ning for ar­gu­ing balls and strikes af­ter Derek Di­et­rich was called out on a 3-2 pitch that ap­peared to be out­side.

The Na­tion­als went ahead 1-0 in the sec­ond on Zim­mer­man’s 10th home run. Af­ter Wi­eters’ solo shot made it 3-0 in the fourth, Scherzer dou­bled and scored on Ea­ton’s dou­ble.

“That’s why I put in the

Mar­lins at Na­tion­als

When/where: 1:35 p.m., Na­tion­als Park, Washington D.C.

ON THE AIR

TV: Fox Sports Florida; Ra­dio: 940-AM, 710-AM (Span­ish)

ON THE MOUND

Mar­lins RHP Pablo López (2-3, 4.79 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) vs. Na­tion­als LHP Gio Gon­za­lez (7-9, 4.12, 1.50): López is mak­ing his ninth start of the sea­son af­ter be­ing called up in June. … Against the Na­tion­als on July 27, the 22 year old al­lowed nine hits and four earned runs in 5 in­nings. … In his last start, López gave up five earned runs in 5 in­nings vs. the Braves. … López has pitched at least six in­nings in five of his eight out­ings. … A Hialeah na­tive, Gon­za­lez is in his 11th MLB sea­son. … Against Mi­ami on July 28, Gon­za­lez scat­tered just three hits and one earned run in seven in­nings. … Gon­za­lez lasted just four in­nings in his last ap­pear­ance, sur­ren­der­ing five hits, three walks and five earned runs vs. the Car­di­nals.

Mon­day— Off day; Tues­day— Mar­lins RHP Trevor Richards vs. Yan­kees LHP CC Sa­bathia

UP­COM­ING SERIES

Aug. 21-22 vs. Yan­kees, Aug. 23-26 vs. Braves, Aug. 28-29 at Red Sox work, run in be­tween days so I can run the bases and pitch,” Scherzer said. “For me, that’s part of the game.”

Harper picked up his 500th ca­reer RBI with a sin­gle in the sev­enth, and Daniel Mur­phy ex­tended his — Wells Dusen­bury

hit­ting streak to 10 games.

The Mar­lins got two runs in the sev­enth off Trevor Gott, but three re­liev­ers held them score­less for the fi­nal 2 1⁄3 in­nings.

JOHN MCDON­NELL/THE WASHINGTON POST

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