With a broken nose, black eye and seven shutout innings, Max Scherzer provided a striking capper to the Nationals’ day-night doubleheader sweep of Philadelphia in Washington.
Scherzer himself? He shrugged off his work in the Nationals’ 2-0 victory Wednesday night as business as usual.
“Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually is,” Scherzer said. “I felt zero pain. There’s been plenty of other injuries where I felt a lot of pain and I’ve had to pitch through. I’ll hang my hat on those starts, but tonight I felt zero pain. This is part of what you have to do. You take the ball every fifth time.”
Brian Dozier and Victor Robles hit solo homers to support Scherzer (6-5) as Washington won for the 16th time in 23 games. Philadelphia has dropped seven of its past nine and 12 of 18.
In the first game, Patrick Corbin struck out eight while allowing one run over seven innings as the Nationals earned a 6-2 victory in the delayed series opener after the teams were rained out Monday and Tuesday.
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Scherzer bunted a ball off his face in batting practice Tuesday, but it didn’t stop him from his scheduled start.
Though he wasn’t at his most efficient on a humid night, piling up 117 pitches, Scherzer was rarely threatened. He struck out 10, yielded four hits and permitted two runners to reach scoring position. He finished strong, striking out three in a row after Cesar Hernandez led off the seventh with a double.
Yankees 12, Rays 1: Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer to help chase Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell in the first inning, CC Sabathia got his 250th career win and host New York finished a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay. Gleyber Torres hit a grand slam in a six-run seventh inning. Snell gave up six runs, getting one out on 39 pitches in his shortest start ever.
Angels 11, Blue Jays 6: Mike Trout hit two home runs, including his sixth career grand slam, and had a career-best seven RBIs as Los Angeles beat Toronto. Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs for Toronto, his 12th and 13th, but the Blue Jays lost their seventh straight game at home.
Braves 7, Mets 2: Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to break a tie, Freddie Freeman launched an early two-run shot and host Atlanta defeated New York.
Cubs 7, White Sox 3: At Wrigley Field, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras hit two home runs off Lucas Giolito, including a first-inning grand slam.
Padres 8, Brewers 7: Franmil Reyes hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot for host San Diego, which overcame three homers by Milwaukee to finish a sweep.
Reds 3, Astros 2: Nick Senzel singled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Jesse Winker followed with an RBI single as host Cincinnati rallied for a rare sweep of Houston. The Reds matched their season high with a fourth straight win.
Rockies 6, D’backs 4: Jonathan Gray outpitched Arizona’s Zack Greinke, and Ryan McMahon hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning for visiting Colorado.
Indians 10, Rangers 4: Jason Kipnis hit two home runs, going back-to-back with Roberto Perez during a five-run first inning, and visiting Cleveland routed Texas.
Pirates 8, Tigers 7: Former Giants prospect Bryan Reynolds hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to complete host Pittsburgh’s rally from a six-run deficit.
Mariners 8, Royals 2: Domingo Santana hit two homers in a game for the third time this season, Marco Gonzales won his third straight start and host Seattle avoided a sweep.
Red Sox 9, Twins 4: Eduardo Rodriguez pitched seven strong innings a night after a 17-inning loss, and Brock Holt drove in three runs for visiting Boston. Minnesota went ahead in the fourth on homers from Willians Astudillo and Max Kepler before Boston rallied.
Cardinals 2, Marlins 1: Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning for St. Louis.
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