PHILADELPHIA – Max Scherzer was excellent in seven and two-thirds innings, Juan Soto broke the tie with a solo homerun and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday.
Scherzer (5-4) struck out nine batters, allowing one run and five hits.
The three-time winner of the Cy-Young lowered his average to 2.22. He has given up two points in his last seven outings.
Zack Wheeler (4-3) allowed two runs and five hits in seven one-third innings, batting eight batters.
Soto sent a ball over the fence in the sixth, bringing the score in the final count.
First hitter in the ninth, Rhys Hoskins went there with a double face to Daniel Hudson.
Substitute rider Travis Jankowski was pulled out on the trails, however.
After a shot that hit the ground, catcher Alex Avila saw the runner caught between the second and third pads. He kept the ball and it was he who hit Jankowski with it.
“Normally you throw the ball because the runner is either going to the next base or retreating to the other base,” said Avila. But what I did, it remains a basic game for a receiver. «
Jankowski was visibly upset at his mistake.
“I tried to do too much, he admitted. I saw the slippery ball and thought it was going to fork, but it leaped into her glove. These aren’t excuses, but I misread the game. It’s my fault. «
Hudson struck out JT Realmuto at bat, then Brad Hand struck out Brad Miller on a ball. Hand earned a 10th save on 12 occasions.
Dave Martinez relished a 225th victory at the helm of the Nationals. He is the club’s new record holder in this area, dethroning Davey Johnson.
He received a shower of beer from his players.
“It’s a great accomplishment, but I didn’t do it alone,” Martinez said. There are all the instructors and therapists. I appreciate them and have told the players that I couldn’t have done it without them. «
The Phillies were given the go-ahead for a full house but the crowd was limited to 15,030 people on Friday.
Elsewhere in the Nationale:
Marlins 2 – Pirates 9
MIA: rookie Jose Devers hit two doubles in defeat
PIT: Rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a home run for a second straight game since being activated from the injured list.
Dodgers 9 – Braves 5
LAD: Chris Taylor hit a double with goals filled in 8-point 5th inning
ATL: Ian Anderson (4-3) struck out the first 9 hitters he faced, including 5 on strikes, before allowing 2 walks in the 4th inning
Diamondbacks 1 – Brewers 5
ARI: Nick Ahmed ended the no-no by Freddy Peralta in the 8th round
MIL: Freddy Peralta celebrated his 25th birthday
Reds 6 – Cardinals 4
CIN: Luis Castillo got his first victory since April
STL: Edmundo Sosa hit his first home in the Majors in the 5th inning
Athletics 9 – Rockies 5
OAK: Sean Murphy and Matt Canha hit home runs
COL: Jon Gray (4-6) left in 3rd set due to pain in his right elbow
Cubs 5 – Giants 8
CHI: Cubs lost 2 games in a row for the first time since losing 3 to Pirates and Indians between May 9 and 12
SF: Steven Duggar and Alex Dickerson each had a CC at the expense of Jake Arrieta in a second set of 6 points
Mets 0 – Padres 2