Scherzer leads Nats to win over Mets

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2017

Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters (32) and pitcher Shawn Kelley (27) shake hands after they defeated the New York Mets in a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in New York.

The 32-year-old right-hander reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth straight start and limited the Mets to four hits, leading the Nationals over NY 7-2 on Friday night.

Wood (7-0) is 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 losing.

Aside from the homers, Matz otherwise had a solid outing as he did not walk a batter and completed seven innings in his first two starts this season.

BALTIMORE - Carlos Martinez struck out eight over six sharp innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals hit a season-high five home runs.

Justin Turner singled twice, walked twice and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Josh Bell hit his 12th home run and drove in three runs for Pittsburgh.

Ian Desmond hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the NL West-leading Rockies outscored San Francisco, 10-8.

DeGrom, fully recovered from two bad starts at the end of May and beginning of June, saw his ERA drop from 4.74 on June 6 to 3.94. Colorado still leads its division by one game over the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. The reliever is 3-2 with four saves and a 7.00 ERA in 22 games, giving up nine homers in 18 innings. Wood improved to 7-0 and blanked the Reds until Devin Mesoraco homered in the eighth.

In Philadelphia, 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 Arizona over Philadelphia.

Harper's 17th home run left the bat at 116.3 miles per hour, his hardest-hit ball since Statcast began tracking in 2015. Keon Broxton hit a three-run homer in the Brewers' fourth straight win.

Atlanta rookie Sean Newcomb allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

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

Joyce reached base five times and ex-Virginia Tech pitcher Jesse Hahn (3-4) pitched five innings to defeat the Yankees for the first time in his career.

After trailing by four twice, NY cut it to 6-4 in the eighth on an RBI single by Jose Reyes. The Yankees entered the day with a one-game lead over Boston in the AL East. Brian McCann tied it with a seventh-inning blast before Betts smacked his team-high 12th home run and third in as many games.

DeGrom makes significant improvements over his last two starts.

. Carlos Gomez homered and drove in four after being sidelined four weeks with a strained right hamstring.

Lobaton homered in the second inning and scored on an error in the fourth. Encarnacion is hitting.337 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs since May 16 after getting off to a poor start.

Two shellackings against Milwaukee and Texas, for a whopping total of 15 earned runs, have been followed now by consecutive gems, featuring the Mets' lone complete game of the season in his previous start last week against Chicago and then eight innings and no earned runs allowed on Sunday.

Kansas City picked up its sixth win in a row as Lorenzo Cain slammed a pair of solo homers and delivered three RBIs in a 3-1 decision over the Angels. The Braves reached Straily for only four hits while striking out eight times over 6 1/3.

Tigers 13, Rays 4: Nicholas Castellanos doubled, tripled and drove in four runs as host Detroit routed Tampa Bay. In his first three at-bats, he failed to get the ball out of the infield against Jacob deGrom.

Mets: Star LF Yoenis Cespedes got a planned day off after starting three straight games. He allowed one run and six hits over seven innings at Atlanta. That is the turn usually taken by RHP Matt Harvey, who is on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

Further, a flat slider presented a significant problem for Ross because he has relied heavily on just two pitches - the slider and a sinker - with the change-up a distant third in his arsenal.

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