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Baseball capsules: Max Scherzer strikes out 10 as Nationals romp past Mets

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 10 New York Mets on Friday. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 10 New York Mets on Friday. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)
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Max Scherzer struck out 10 over eight masterful innings to reach double digits for the fifth straight start and limited the Mets to four hits, leading the Washington Nationals over host New York 7-2 on Friday night.

Matt Wieters and Michael A. Taylor hit consecutive homers starting the third inning against Steven Matz (1-1). Anthony Rendon added a two-run homer in the sixth and had three RBIs, Bryce Harper finished with three hits, including a run-scoring single in the eighth, as the Nationals improved to 5-0 at Citi Field this year.

Scherzer (8-4) won for the fourth time in five starts, starting 26 of 29 batters with strikes. He never threw more than 16 pitches in an inning until the eighth, ending that one by fanning Yoenis Cespedes in an 11-pitch at-bat. Scherzer walked two and threw 118 pitches, his most since May 11 last year.

Royals 3, Angels 1: Lorenzo Cain hit two homers and drove in three runs, and Ian Kennedy retired the first 17 Angels to end his 16-start winless skid as Kansas City posted its sixth consecutive victory, beating Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.

Cain posted the fifth multihomer game of his career and his second in a week, connecting for solo shots in the third and eighth innings. He also drove in Alex Gordon with a two-out single in the fifth against Jesse Chavez (5-7).

Kennedy (1-6) pitched six innings of two-hit ball and stayed perfect until Cliff Pennington hit his first homer since last August with two outs in the sixth. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Athletics 7, Yankees 6: Matt Chapman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning for his first career big league as Oakland handed New York its season-high fourth straight loss in Oakland, California.

Chapman came through after having a hit taken away in the second inning, delivering in the clutch in his second career game. After the Yankees intentionally walked Stephen Vogt to load the bases with one out, Chapman hit a hard grounder down the third-base line against Jonathan Holder (1-1) that scored two runs.

Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 23rd homer and Chris Carter added a solo shot for the Yankees.

Daniel Coulombe (1-1) got four outs for the win and Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

Dodgers 3, Reds 1: Left-hander Alex Wood remained unbeaten by pitching four-hit ball over eight innings as visiting Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati.

Wood (7-0) lost his shutout when Devin Mesoraco homered in the eighth. He’s the first Dodgers pitcher to get so deep into a season without a loss since 1985, when Orel Hershiser made his first 11 starts without a loss, according to STATS.

Kenley Jansen gave up a double in the ninth while picking up his 14th save, and Tim Adleman (4-3) took the loss.

Cardinals 11, Orioles 2: Carlos Martinez struck out eight over six sharp innings, and visiting St. Louis hit a season-high five home runs in a rout of Baltimore.

Rookie Paul DeJong homered, singled twice, scored three runs and had three RBIs to help St. Louis snap a three-game skid.

Coming off a four-hit shutout against Philadelphia, Martinez (6-5) gave up one run and four hits. The right-hander has 45 strikeouts over his last five starts.

Kevin Gausman (3-6) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

White Sox 11, Blue Jays 4: Melky Cabrera homered, doubled and drove in five runs against his former team, leading Jose Quintana and visiting Chicago over Toronto.

Cabrera connected for his seventh homer, a three-run drive in the fifth inning that made it 11-2. Cabrera scored three times as the White Sox went to win for the fifth time in seven games.

Jose Quintana (3-8) snapped a four-game losing streak with his first win since May 2.

Joe Biagini (1-6) lasted just 33 pitches, getting yanked with no outs in the second.

Tigers 13, Rays 4: Nicholas Castellanos doubled, tripled and drove in four runs as host Detroit routed Tampa Bay.

Justin Upton drove in three runs for the Tigers, while Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila homered.

Daniel Norris (4-4) gave up three runs in six-plus innings. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) matched a career worst by allowing 10 runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Marlins 5, Braves 0: Dan Straily pitched into the seventh inning, Christian Yelich drove in three runs and visiting Miami beat Atlanta.

Dee Gordon went 3 for 5 and Justin Bour homered in his first game back from the disabled list as the Marlins moved into second place in the N.L. East, 10 games behind Washington. Miami has won 13 of 18.

Straily (5-4) was coming off his second-shortest outing of the season, but he kept the Braves guessing most of the night, allowing just four hits and striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

Sean Newcomb (0-2) gave up three runs, five hits and three walks in six innings.

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4: Gregor Blanco hit a tying two-run homer and Jake Lamb drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh to rally visiting Arizona over Philadelphia.

David Peralta tripled among his three hits, including a single that followed Blanco’s second homer of the season off Aaron Nola (3-5) in the seventh. Peralta advanced to third on Paul Goldschmidt’s single off Pat Neshek and scored on Lamb’s fly.

Patrick Corbin (6-6) gave up four runs – two earned – and five hits while striking out five in six innings to get the win. Fernando Rodney got his 19th save.

Cubs 9, Pirates 5: Anthony Rizzo almost led off his third straight game with a homer, losing his bid on a replay reversal, before helping key a six-run rally in the ninth that sent visiting Chicago over Pittsburgh.

The Cubs won for just the third time in nine games. Manager Joe Maddon wasn’t around to see the comeback – he was ejected in the first inning after Rizzo’s drive into the Allegheny River was ruled a foul ball.

Chicago trailed 4-3 until Jason Heyward and Willson Contreras began the ninth with doubles off Juan Nicasio (1-3) to tie it.

Koji Uehera (2-3) got the win.

Indians 8, Twins 1: Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball into the sixth, Jose Ramirez had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered as Cleveland beat pitching-thin Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Carrasco (7-2) gave up four hits in 6 1/3 innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts.

The Indians pulled a game behind the Twins at the top of the A.L. Central standings. Minnesota has had at least a share of first place since May 11.

Nik Turley (0-1), a 27-year-old journeyman making his second major league appearance, took the loss.

Rangers 10, Mariners 4: Tyson Ross allowed just a pair of runs in his first start in 14 months and Carlos Gomez homered to help Texas beat Seattle in Arlington, Texas.

Ross (1-0) made his Rangers debut and started for the first time since opening day last year when he pitched for the Padres. He had been sidelined with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and picked up his first win since Aug. 31, 2015. He struck out five in 5 2/3 innings.

Seattle starter James Paxton (5-2) allowed seven hits and seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Red Sox 2, Astros 1: Mookie Betts hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth, sending visiting Boston over Houston.

Betts hit his team-leading 12th homer, and third in three games. He led off with a drive into the Crawford Boxes in left field, connecting against Will Harris (2-2) into the Crawford Boxes in left field.

Joe Kelly (3-0) got two outs for the win, while Craig Kimbrel threw a perfect ninth for his 19th save.

Brewers 6, Padres 5 (10): Eric Thames hit Milwaukee’s first walk-off home run of the season in the bottom of the 10th, leading to a victory over visiting San Diego.

Thames hit his 19th home run of the season when he drove a 1-1 pitch from Ryan Butcher (3-3) off the top of the left-field fence. The ball bounced off the yellow padding and into the Brewers’ bullpen, setting off a raucous celebration at home plate.

Jared Hughes (3-1) retired the side in order in the top of the 10th, helping the Brewers match their season-best four-game winning streak for the third time.

Rockies 10, Giants 8: In Denver, Colorado rookie Antonio Senzatela battled through six innings to tie for the major league lead in wins, and help Colorado beat San Franciso for the seventh straight time.

Ian Desmond hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs and DJ LeMahieu had four hits for the second straight game for the Rockies.

Senzatela (9-2) tied Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel and Jason Vargas for the most wins despite giving up three home runs. Joe Panik, who also doubled twice, and Denard Span had solo shots and starter Jeff Samardzija (2-9) hit a two-run homer that gave the Giants a 4-1 lead in the fifth.

Greg Holland gave up a run in the ninth but finished up for his major league-best 24th save.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected by home-plate umpire Gary Cederstrom in the top of the seventh.

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