Max Scherzer pitched eight strong innings to become the first 10-game winner in the majors this season, striking out 13 in the Washington Nationals 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Scherzer (10-1) won his ninth consecutive decision while scattering five hits and did not allow a runner past second base until pinch-hitter Brad Miller's two-out double in the eighth.
Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
Scherzer struck out Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo and Daniel Robertson on a combined nine pitches in the sixth inning. It was the third nine pitch/three strikeout inning in Nationals history and the first since Scherzer did it against Philadelphia on May 14, 2017.
Max Scherzer, Immaculate Inning. 👑 pic.twitter.com/RWnFGaNzUj— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 6, 2018
Tampa Bay starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) gave up four runs in five innings in his second start back from Tommy John surgery.
Washington first baseman Matt Adams' solo homer to lead off the second opened the scoring. Juan Soto then singled, moved to third on Michael A. Taylor's single and slid under Wilson Ramos' tag when first baseman C.J. Cron threw home on Wilmer Difo's grounder.
Soto and Difo were central to a fourth-inning rally. Two batters after Soto worked a walk, Difo tripled to right-center and made it 4-0 when he slid under Eovaldi's tag after a wild pitch.
Ramos, a National from 2010 to 2016, received an ovation before his first at-bat and went 0 for 3 in his first game in Washington since departing as a free agent.
Turg, while OF Adam Eaton's rehab from a left ankle bone bruise was transferred to Class A Potomac.
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