Scherzer wins seventh straight as Nats shut out RoyalsReuters | Updated: 07-07-2019 06:08 IST | Created: 07-07-2019 06:06 IST
Max Scherzer won his seventh straight start with seven scoreless innings and stole his second career base, while Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer as the host Washington Nationals beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 Saturday. Both teams wore throwback 1969 uniforms, with the Nationals paying homage to the Expos, who moved from Montreal prior to the 2005 season. Washington won for the fifth time in six games and is now 27-11 since May 24.
Scherzer (9-5), who has not lost since May 17, allowed four hits with 11 strikeouts. He did walked one and threw 75 strikes on 103 pitches. He has fanned 79 batters in his last seven starts against just six walks. He has fanned at least 10 batters in his last five starts and has reached double digits in strikeouts nine times this season.
The right-hander was named the National League Pitcher of the Month on Tuesday, and on Thursday his wife, Erica, delivered the couple's second child, another daughter. Scherzer also stole second base without a throw in the fourth. Glenn Sparkman (2-5) started for the Royals and yielded four runs on nine hits in six innings.
Trea Turner had a single in the first and scored on a single by Juan Soto for a 1-0 lead. In the second, Matt Adams drew a leadoff walk, and Suzuki followed with his 11th home run of the season. He has homered six times in his last 16 games. The Nationals have hit a homer in 20 straight games, extending the Montreal/Washington franchise record.
Later in the second, Victor Robles doubled and took third on a single by Turner. Robles then scored as Turner was caught in a rundown for a 4-0 lead. Anthony Rendon had a sacrifice fly, and Soto had an RBI single in the seventh for a 6-0 bulge. The Royals have lost eight of the last 10.
--Field Level Media