WASHINGTON – Max Scherzer stole the first base of his professional career and allowed only two singles in his fifth major league shutout, and the Washington Nationals ended a losing streak of five losing as they returned to .500 with a victory of 2-0. on the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
Scherzer (2-1), the winner of the last two National League Cy Young Awards, did not allow the Braves to push a runner past first base. Kurt Suzuki received a blow in the second, and Nick Markakis did it in the fifth, but none advanced.
Scherzer managed to go further: he moved to second place after defeating reliever Peter Moylan in the seventh.
Howie Kendrick He delivered all the offense that Washington needed with a double of two races.
Scherzer struck out 10 and did not receive any in his ninth complete game in 299 major league starts. And he only needed 102 pitches, a much more efficient outing than his previous time on the mound: He threw 110 in five innings in a 7-1 loss in Atlanta on April 4.
Julio Teheran (0-1) was six innings for the Braves, and the only damage occurred in the Kendrick shot that hugged the left field line with two outs in the first inning. That brought home Anthony Rendon, who had also doubled, and Bryce Harper, who walked.
CERVANTES 5, CARDINALS
ST. LOUIS – In his St. Louis debut, Greg Holland walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced his career home for life.
Holland, 32, who tied the National League lead with 41 saves for the Colorado season, signed as a free agent on opening day. He pitched two innings in Clbad A before joining the Cardinals earlier in the day.
The Netherlands (0-1) walked two batters to start the tenth. After a touch of sacrifice, an intentional walk loaded the bases. The three times closest All-Star walked with Orlando Arcia and was retired.
Matt Albers (2-0) abandoned the tie race in the ninth inning. The Cardinals loaded the bases without outs, and Dexter Fowler's sacrificed fly tied 4.
Brewers newcomer Lorenzo Cain stumbled on the foot of Cardinals Jose Martinez first baseman in a play in the ninth inning, and both left. Martinez hurt Achilles heel.
ROYALS 10, MARINERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jakob Junis had a no-hit offer in the seventh inning, Kansas City scored more runs than in his last six combined games.
Junis (2-0) hit three batters and walked two, but the right-hander did not allow a pitch until Daniel Vogelbach put the ball in the middle with one out in the seventh.
Junis ended the inning with no more problems, running his streak without allowing runs in 14 innings to start the season.
After Seattle defeated starter Marco Gonzales (1-1), Mike Moustakas homered in the eighth for infielder Taylor Motter.
ASTROS 2, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS – Justin Verlander struck out nine of seven dominant innings, and Carlos Correa hit two hits and scored twice.
Verlander (2-0) was in control for an entire cold night with a 35-degree first pitch release. The right-hander allowed three hits and gave a pbadport while helping the reigning World Series champions equal their best start to the game. 11 games at the end 9-2. Verlander improved to 11-1 in 14 games, including the playoffs, since being traded to Houston last season.
Ken Giles earned his first save of the season by having Byron Buxton knock him down with a runner in third in the ninth.
Twins reliever Taylor Rogers (1-1) allowed an opening double to Correa in the sixth inning after being starter Lance Lynn. Correa scored from the third on rookie JD Davis' left field in front of reliever Trevor Hildenberger.
METS 4, MARLINS 2
MIAMI – Noah Syndergaard allowed a clean run in six innings and New York won its sixth straight game to match the best start in the team's history.
The winning streak is the longest of the Mets since September 2016, and improved to 8-1.
Jeurys Familia escaped from a jam to throw a ninth scoreless and win his fifth save, most in the majors.
The announced crowd of 7,003, most of them supporters of the Mets, was by far the smallest in the history of the seven seasons of Marlins Park. The Marlins now announce attendance based on the only tickets sold, a change from the previous ownership regime.
Syndergaard (2-0) had less of his best qualities, but he left four runners stranded in scoring position. Four relievers combined to exclude Miami in the last three innings, lowering the team's effectiveness to 2.25.
Adrián González and Jay Bruce each had an RBI single against Marlins ace Jose Urena (0-2), who allowed three runs in five innings.
BLUE JAYS 7, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE – Steve Pearce homered in a third straight game, Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam in the ninth inning and Toronto beat Baltimore to 7,915 fans, the worst paid crowd in Camden Yards history .
Gametime's temperature was 44 degrees, and a slight mist made conditions even more miserable. That contributed to a record of dubious attendance at the 27-year-old ballpark that had been held since April 12, 2010, when 9,129 appeared for a game between the Orioles and Tampa Bay.
Pearce put Toronto 2-0 up in the third with a two-run shot off Dylan Bundy (0-1) in a 3-0 pitch. It marked the first time in his career that Pearce, who has had three separate periods with the Orioles, homered in three consecutive games.
J.A. Happ (2-1) struck out nine in six innings, allowing one run and five hits.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO – Zack Godley pitched seven innings without allowing runs and Paul Goldschmidt had a powered triple.  The Diamondbacks won for the sixth time in seven games and equaled the best start in franchise history in 10 games. They're 8-2 for the first time since 2008.
Godley (2-0) struck out nine and allowed four hits and no walks. He has allowed only one race in 14 innings this season.
Goldschmidt hit a three-pointer to right field against Giants starter Derek Holland (0-2), highlighting a two-run inning. A.J. Pollock's sacrifice fly scored Goldschmidt.
ANGELS 8, RANGERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas – Albert Pujols hit his homer number 616, Martin Maldonado had two individual RBIs along with an evasive move to score a run and Los Angeles extended his best start starting in more than three decades
The Angels are 8-3 for the first time since 1987 and fourth in franchise history. Shohei Ohtani, the two-way rookie who was chosen AL Player of the Week, did not play a day after striking out 12 in seven innings without allowing runs against Oakland.
Jose Alvarez (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced after Angels starter Garrett Richards walked the bases loaded with one out in the fifth. Richards also struck out six in his 4 1-3 innings.
Doug Fister (1-2) struck out five without walks and allowed three runs in his five innings.
INDIANES 2, TIGRES 0
CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber (1-1) struck out 13, throwing two hits for eight innings and leading Cleveland in bursts of snow.
The temperature at the first launch was 33 degrees, one above the Progressive Field record set on Sunday. There were bursts before the game and again in the seventh inning, it resulted in a crowd of 9,843.
Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his first save of the season, winning Miguel Cabrera in a double final game.
Bradley Zimmer hit a two-run homer in the fifth against Francisco Liriano (1-1) when the Cleveland offense fought again but used the long ball to win for the second day in a row.
PHILLIES 6, REDS 5
PHILADELPHIA – Pop-up hitter Nick Williams hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to pick up Philadelphia.
Scott Kingery hit a home run for the first time in his career, and Rhys Hoskins also went deep for the Phillies.
Tucker Barnhart hit a pair – a home run for the Reds.
Williams hit a deep on the right center field seats in front of Kevin Quackenbush (0-1) for his first ever pinch-hit homer. Luis García (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning relay and Hector Neris finished for his first save.
PARENTS 7, ROCKIES 6
DENVER – Pitcher Clayton Richard homered off the second deck at Coors Field and San Diego resisted Carlos Gonzalez's home run.
Richard hit his third homer of his career as part of a fourth inning of five runs, handling the first pitch he saw Jon Gray (1-2) over the Rockies bullpen in right center field. Carlos Asuaje followed Richard with a home run.
Richard (1-1) allowed four runs in five innings. Brad Hand struck out the team in the ninth inning for his third save.
Ian Desmond, Chris Iannetta and Gonzalez homered for the Rockies. Gonzalez's two-run career came in the sixth round against Jordan Lyles, put the Rockies 7-6 and led to the ouster of Padres manager Andy Green.
Left fielder Cory Spangenberg made an attempt to jump on the wall and actually had the ball in his glove for a moment, even when a fan simultaneously tried to make a clean hand capture. The fan seemed to make contact with the glove but withdrew his hands while Spangenberg fell back to the ground.
RAYS 5, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO – Mallex Smith matched his personal record with four hits, hit Joey Wendle his first homer and Tampa Bay stopped an eight-game losing streak.
A bullpen who arrived late in two of the three games in Boston last weekend did the job after an unstable start by Chris Archer (1-0). Alex Colome escaped a second and a third jam in the ninth by getting three consecutive grounder, removing Leury Garcia in a gorilla that ended the game to the first.
Miguel González (0-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
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