Scherzer strikes out 16; Brewers given pasting by Nationals, losing 4-0


AP

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Max Scherzer struck out a Nationals-record 16 batters and allowed just one hit, losing his perfect-game bid on a single that barely fell in bounds during the seventh inning to lead Washington to a 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Carlos Gomez got Milwaukee’s only hit, leading off the seventh with a broken-bat looper to right field just beyond the outstretched glove of second baseman Anthony Rendon. Scherzer looked the other away after the ball dropped.

After losing his last two starts, Scherzer (7-5) rebounded with the most overpowering game of his career, which includes a Cy Young Award, two All-Star selections and a lot of strikeouts. In the first season of a US$210 million, seven-year contract, Scherzer got his second complete game in his 211th career start.

Scherzer set a career high for strikeouts and broke the Washington mark of 14 set by Stephen Strasburg.

The Toronto Blue Jays won their 11th straight game to equal the team record, trouncing the Boston Red Sox 13-5 after Ryan Goins homered, doubled and drove in five runs.

Danny Valencia also homered as the highest-scoring club in the majors completed a sweep at Fenway Park and sent Boston to its season-worst sixth straight loss.

This is the fourth time Toronto has won 11 in a row, most recently in 2013. The Blue Jays can set the team mark Monday night when they visit the New York Mets.

Goins’ three-run homer capped a six-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays roughed up rookie Eduardo Rodriguez (2-1).

Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison singled home Neil Walker with two outs in the 11th to lift the Pirates over the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0.

Walker singled off Jonathan Papelbon (1-1) to start the late rally. Jose Tabata reached when Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis threw a routine grounder into the stands. Harrison followed with a crisp shot up the middle as the Pirates won their fourth straight.

Antonio Bastardo (2-1) picked up the win with an inning of scoreless relief. The Pirates have swept six series this season, the most of any team in the majors.

In San Francisco, Rubby De La Rosa took an eight-hitter into the ninth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks blanked the Giants 4-0 in Chris Heston’s first start coming off a no-hitter.

Heston pitched his gem against the New York Mets on Tuesday in his 13th major league start. His shot at matching Johnny Vander Meer’s record of throwing consecutives no-hitters in 1938 ended with one out in the second when Jake Lamb doubled.

The rookie right-hander gave up three runs �X two earned �X on seven hits. He walked four and struck out two. Heston (6-5) had won four of his previous five decisions.

The Tampa Bay edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1 after Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale in the seventh inning, helping the Rays complete a three-game sweep.

Sale (6-3) struck out 12 over 6 2/3 innings to become the first pitcher since Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 2001 to strikeout 12 or more in four straight starts. The left-allowed two runs and three hits during a 125-pitch outing.

After Steven Souza Jr. opened the seventh with a walk, Cabrera hit a high fly into the left-field seats off Sale to make it 2-1. It was Cabrera’s third homer this season, and first since May 19. He has just two extra-base hits over his last 19 games.

New York’s John Ryan Murphy had the Yankees’ only hit in a three-run fifth inning, helping salvage the finale of a three-game series against the Orioles 5-3.

Mark Teixeira drove in a run and scored one to help the first-place Yankees end Baltimore’s six-game winning streak.