Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer threw his name back into the ring for the National League (NL) Cy Young award on Tuesday after giving up just two runs in eight innings in a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Scherzer struck out 11 batters for the NL East-leading Nationals. He now has a dozen 10-strikeout games this season, the most in MLB. He also took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, marking the ninth time in 61 career games with Washington he has accomplished that feat -- 15 percent of his starts.
With two top NL Cy Young candidates injured (Clayton Kershaw and Gerrit Cole), it has left the door open for fresh faces to win the award. Though Scherzer is no stranger to the Cy Young -- he won it in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers -- he has yet to win it in the NL. He would become the first since Roy Halladay (in 2003 and 2010) to win the award in both leagues.
The Boston Red Sox failed to close the gap on the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East after losing 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston remain two games behind the Blue Jays, who went down 5-3 to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Texas Rangers edged the Seattle Mariners 8-7, the Houston Astros saw off the Oakland Athletics 3-1, the Detroit Tigers trumped the Chicago White Sox 8-4, the Chicago Cubs blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 and the St Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1.
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2, the New York Mets prevailed 7-4 against the Miami Marlins, the San Diego Padres lost 7-3 to the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians were 5-4 winners over the Minnesota Twins, the New York Yankees topped the Kansas City Royals by the same scoreline, the Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the San Francisco Giants 4-3, while the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies was postponed.
TIGERS PAIR STAR
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler got back on track by collecting two hits with a home run and four RBIs. Team-mate J.D. Martinez went three for three with two runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a walk to help the Tigers beat the White Sox.
BASEBALLER OR FOOTBALLER?
Indians pitcher Zach McAllister connected with his inner soccer player to steal an out in the sixth inning.
DOZIER HOMERS AGAIN, SO DOES MACHADO
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier launched his 12th home run in August, which is the most by a Twins player in any month since Harmon Killebrew in July 1969.
Manny Machado collected the 100th home run of his career, and the Orioles now have three players with 10 home runs this month (Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo are the others). The Orioles are the fourth team to have three players hit 10 home runs in the same month.
SALE AND VERLANDER TO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD
Though the White Sox are no longer in the playoff picture, Wednesday's game presents one of the best pitching duels of the season. Chris Sale (15-7, 3.14 ERA) will take the mound for the White Sox against Tigers ace Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.33 ERA).
Meanwhile, Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.99 ERA) makes his return to the rotation after getting a short breather. He will try to keep Toronto's fine form in tact against Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.69 ERA).