Cubs can't solve Scherzer in 4-1 loss to Nationals

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 14, 2016 05:04 PM
Cubs can't solve Scherzer in 4-1 loss to Nationals
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — There haven't been too many times this season when the Chicago Cubs found themselves flailing helplessly at pitches before walking somberly back to the dugout.

The best team in the majors experienced that sensation repeatedly Monday night against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer retired the first 16 batters and ended up throwing seven innings of two-hit ball, and the Cubs fanned 16 times in a 4-1 loss.

When they faced Scherzer last month, the Cubs ripped the right-hander for seven runs in five innings in the middle of a four-game sweep.

"They beat my brains in last time and I wanted to come out there and take my shot at them," Scherzer said.

Scherzer's bid for his third career no-hitter ended with one out in the sixth when Addison Russell hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats. The only other batter to reach against Scherzer (8-4) was Anthony Rizzo, who doubled in the seventh.

Scherzer became the 26th pitcher in baseball history to have 40 games with at least 10 strikeouts. He has won three straight starts, allowing only three runs over 22 innings.

Ichiro Suzuki had three of the Marlins' season-high 19 hits, leaving him one shy of equaling Pete Rose's major league record total of 4,256 in a 13-4 win over the San Diego Padres.

The Giants beat the Brewers 11-5, Arizona edged the Dodgers 3-2, with Zack Greinke winning his sixth consecutive start — aided by three defensive gems in his first game against his former team since leaving Los Angeles — and the Reds held off the Braves 9-8 when Tyler Holt drew a bases-loaded walk from Arodys Vizcaino to force home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning of a matchup in Atlanta of teams with the worst records in the National League.

The Royals edged AL Central rival Cleveland 2-1, with Whit Merrifield hitting his first career homer and Edinson Volquez tossing seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball. It ended Kansas City's five-game skid against the Indians.

In Chicago, Adam Eaton singled home the winning run in the 12th inning for his fourth hit of the night, helping the White Sox rally from seven runs down in a wild 10-9 victory over Detroit.

At Oakland, Khris Davis homered and drove in five runs, Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each had three hits as the Athletics pounded first-place Texas 14-5, hours after the Rangers put pitcher Yu Darvish on the disabled list.

Cesar Ramos allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. He pitched in place of Darvish, who had been scheduled to start this game before experiencing shoulder discomfort.

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo homered in his first game back from the disabled list.

The Twins beat the slumping Los Angeles Angels 9-4 and the Phillies had a 7-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to end a four-game losing streak.

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