By Michael Marzzacco
Max Scherzer pitched another gem but the effort was wasted as the Nationals dropped the series finale to the Marlins 2-1 thanks to a late rally by the Fish. Scherzer struck out his first six batters he faced, setting the stage to another special outing for the ace.
Through four innings, he had eight strikeouts. In the fifth the Nats took a 1-0 lead with a home run by Ryan Raburn. In the seventh, Scherzer got his 10th strikeout of the game marking his sixth straight start striking out 10 or more batters. It tied the Nats/Expos franchise record that was set by Pedro Martinez. Scherzer is also MLB’s active leader with 58 career 10 or more strikeouts.
Scherzer took a no-hitter to the eighth inning but with one out A.J. Ellis broke it up with an infield single that Trea Turner was unable to field. Scherzer was left in the game and the Marlins loaded the bases. With Giancarlo Stanton up, Scherzer threw a wild pitch that scored Jose Urena. Stanton then singled to give the Marlins the 2-1 lead and eventual win.