By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Max Scherzer struck out a team-record 16 and pitched a one-hitter, losing his perfect-game bid on a bloop single that barely fell in during the seventh inning Sunday and leading the Washington Nationals over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0.
Carlos Gomez got Milwaukee's only hit, leading off the seventh with a broken-bat looper to right field just beyond the outstretched glove of second baseman Anthony Rendon. Scherzer looked the other away after the ball dropped.
After losing his last two starts, Scherzer (7-5) rebounded with the most overpowering game of his career, which includes a Cy Young Award, two All-Star selections and a lot of strikeouts.
Scherzer, in the first season of a $210 million, seven-year contract, threw his second complete game in his 211th career start.
Scherzer set a career high for strikeouts and broke the Washington mark of 14 set by Stephen Strasburg in his big league debut in 2010. He walked one and finished the day with a 1.93 ERA.
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