By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals took game two of their three game set with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia by a final of 3-2. Max Scherzer had another solid outing, going eight innings, allowing three hits, two earned runs, one walk and 11 strikeouts in the win. He improved his record to 15-7.
The Nats scored two runs in the first inning. The first run came on a line drive double by Bryce Harper that bounced off the centerfield wall to score Daniel Murphy. Wilson Ramos brought Harper home with a single up the middle. Scherzer helped his own cause in the fourth with an RBI sacrifice bunt that scored Ryan Zimmerman.
Turner had two hits and a steal. His stolen base in the seventh was his 18th of the season which tied Harper (2012) for the Nats rookie record (from 2005 to present). He was originally called out but the call was overturned on a video review.
Scherzer struck out six of the first eight batters through the first three innings. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, which got broken up by a double by Freddy Galvis. In nine of his 61 starts in a Nationals uniform, he has carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. That is 15% of his starts which is the most in the MLB in that span. The Phillies came back in the seventh inning with a two-run homer by Ryan Howard. He looked like the Ryan Howard of old as the ball sailed into the seats in centerfield. Scherzer struck out Tommy Joseph looking for his final pitch to end the eighth inning. Scherzer’s 11 strikeouts was his 12th game of the year with 10+ strikeouts, also a Nats record (05-present).
Mark Melancon got the save. After giving up a walk to start the inning, he struck out Odubel Herrera and got Maikel Franco to ground into a double play to end the game.
The Nats and Phillies conclude their series Wednesday night. Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25 ERA), fresh off his 100th win, will take the ball against Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50 ERA).