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Scherzer fans 11 as Nationals beat Padres

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Scherzer fans 11 as Nationals beat Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Max Scherzer pitched brilliantly for seven innings, striking out a season-high 11 and holding San Diego to four hits in leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 victory Saturday night.

The Nationals won for the 14th time in 18 games.

The Padres were one out from being shut out for the second straight night and the fifth time in 12 games before Alexi Amarista hit an RBI single off Aaron Barrett. Drew Storen came on to strike out Derek Norris for his 11th save.

Wilson Ramos also had an RBI single in the three-run first to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games, the longest in the majors this year.

Scherzer (4-3), who walked only two, has struck out at least 10 three times in four starts.

The Padres had runners reach third base three times and Scherzer stranded them each time, including getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.

Scherzer retired the first 10 batters before walking Will Venable. Matt Kemp followed with a single -- his first hit off the right-hander in 23 career at-bats -- and Yangervis Solarte walked with two outs to load the bases. Scherzer then got Will Middlebrooks to pop up to second base.

Venable doubled with one out in the sixth and advanced on a wild pitch, but Scherzer retired Kemp and Justin Upton on fly balls. Solarte doubled off the base of the fence in right-center leading off the seventh and advanced on Alex Amarista's one-out single to left. Scherzer then struck out pinch-hitters Norris and Abraham Almonte.

The Nationals jumped on Andrew Cashner (1-7) in the first, ending his big league record of allowing two or fewer earned runs in 21 straight home games dating to June 11, 2013.

Ian Desmond doubled down the left field line with one out and came in on Yunel Escobar's single to right. Bryce Harper singled to right, Ryan Zimmerman brought in Escobar with a groundout and Ramos singled in Harper.

The Nationals added an unearned run off Cashner to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Danny Espinosa drew a leadoff walk and ended up on third when Cashner fielded Scherzer's bunt and overthrew second for an error. Espinosa scored on Denard Span's sacrifice fly.

Cashner allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two.

The Padres have given Cashner just two runs of support in his last five starts.

MORE: Nats back on precipice of 1st place

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: OF Jayson Werth sat out with a swollen left wrist. He was hit by a pitch in Friday night's victory.

Padres: OF Melvin Upton, on the disabled list with an injured left foot, will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

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Nationals: Stephen Strasburg (2-3, 4.73 ERA) , who grew up in the San Diego area and played for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State, will pitch against the Padres at Petco Park for the second time in his career. He beat his hometown Padres 6-2 on May 16, 2013.

Padres: RHP Ian Kennedy (2-2, 5.92) has won two of his last three starts.

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

Remember Jim Riggleman, the infamous Nats manager that resigned from the position back in 2011 after a win against the Seattle Mariners? Well he's back in a managerial position.

Bryan Price was fired as manager of the Cinncinati Reds Thursday, after the team started the 2018 season 3-15. Riggleman, who spent four seasons as their bench coach, was named the interim manager to replace Price.

Riggleman was promoted to interim manager of the Nats in July of 2009, after Manny Acta was let go midseason. He stayed on as manager for 2010 and 2011, and he then resigned from the team on June 23, 2011 after a win agaisnt the Seattle Mariners. He had lead the team to a win in 11 of their last 12 games prior to stepping away.

The reason behind the dramatic exit was due to the organization not yet picking up his 2012 contract option. He had reportedly requested a conversation with the front office about his future with the organization, and was upset after they declined. At 58 years-old, he felt he deserved more respect.

He's been with the Reds organization since 2012, and has spent time managing the Padres, Cubs and Mariners, in addition to the Nationals. His career winning pct. with each team has been below-.500.

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.