Max Scherzer allowed two solo homers in seven innings and struck out 10 as the host Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 on Friday as the first five Nationals batters in the lineup drove in at least one run.
Scherzer (5-5) gave up three hits and fanned at least 10 batters for the 87th time in his career. He passed Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Warren Spahn for 27th on the all-time strikeout list with 2,585.
Tanner Rainey came on in the eighth for the Nationals to get the last out and keep the lead at 7-3 after Arizona scored one off Wander Suero. Closer Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for Washington.
Originally drafted by Arizona in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft, Scherzer (104) threw at least 100 pitches for the 13th time in 15 starts this season.
He was backed by the hot-hitting duo of Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick, who are being touted as All-Star picks by Washington fans.
Rendon led off the sixth with a solo homer, his 15th of the season, to give Washington a 4-2 lead. Two batter later Kendrick went deep for his 12th longball of the season for a 5-2 bulge. It is the most homers for Kendrick since he hit 13 in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels.
Former Nationals minor leaguer Robbie Ray (5-4) started for the D-backs and allowed five runs on five hits in six innings, striking out five with one walk. Trea Turner had an RBI double, Victor Robles drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Juan Soto had an RBI single in a three-run third for Washington and a 3-1 lead.
It was the 100th career game for Robles, who had an RBI single in the seventh for a 6-2 lead. Rendon had a sacrifice fly to make it 7-2 before Eduardo Escobar had an RBI double in the eighth for Arizona to trim the lead to 7-3 off Suero.
Carson Kelly hit a solo homer off Scherzer in the third and Nick Ahmed went deep in the fifth.
--Field Level Media