Scherzer strikes out 10

Scherzer strikes out 10

Washington Nationals’ pitcher Max Scherzer delivers against the New York Mets during their MLB game in New York Friday. — AP

NEW YORK — Max Scherzer struck out 10 over eight masterful innings to reach double digits for the fifth straight start and limited the Mets to four hits, leading the Washington Nationals over New York 7-2 Friday night.

Matt Wieters and Michael A. Taylor hit consecutive homers starting the third inning against Steven Matz (1-1). Anthony Rendon added a two-run homer in the sixth and had three RBIs, Bryce Harper finished with three hits, including a run-scoring single in the eighth, as the Nationals improved to 5-0 at Citi Field this year.

Scherzer (8-4) won for the fourth time in five starts, starting 26 of 29 batters with strikes. He never threw more than 16 pitches in an inning until the eighth, ending that one by fanning Yoenis Cespedes in an 11-pitch at-bat. Scherzer walked two and threw 118 pitches, his most since May 11 last year.

Dodgers 3, Reds 1: Alex Wood allowed a run in eight stellar innings to remain unbeaten and Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati.

Wood allowed four hits, struck out and contributed an RBI single. He is the first Los Angeles pitcher to begin a season without a loss in 10 or more starts since Orel Hershiser began 1985 by staying unbeaten in 11 starts.

Cincinnati’s Tim Adelman allowed a homer to Joc Pederson and gave up two runs and five hits.

Cubs 9, Pirates 5: Pinch hitter Jon Jay hit the tiebreaking single as Chicago scored six times in the ninth inning and beat Pittsburgh.

Willson Contreras started the rally with a game-tying double off Juan Nicasio. After Jay singled off Tony Watson, Anthony Rizzo delivered a two-run single and Addison Russell added a two-run double.

Josh Bell hit his 12th home run and drove in three runs for Pittsburgh.

Cardinals 11, Orioles 2: Matt Carpenter hit his 13th home run and St. Louis slugged five homers in a rout of Baltimore.

Dexter Fowler, Paul DeJong, Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis. Carlos Martinez allowed one run and four hits while striking out eight in six innings.

Kevin Gausman was tagged for five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings as Baltimore lost for the eighth time in nine games.

White Sox 11, Blue Jays 4: Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs as Chicago routed Toronto.

Jose Abreu had two hits and drove in three runs for the White Sox, who totaled 14 hits. Jose Quintana allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Kendrys Morales, Steve Pearce and Justin Smoak homered for the Blue Jays, who used six relievers after Joe Biagini lasted one-plus inning.

Tigers 13, Rays 4: Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila homered and Detroit routed Tampa Bay.

Nick Castellanos drove in four runs while Justin Upton had three RBI for the Tigers. Daniel Norris allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

Tampa Bay’s Erasmo Ramirez was tagged for 10 runs (eight earned) and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4: Gregor Blanco hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning off Aaron Nola as Arizona edged Philadelphia.

Jake Lamb followed Blanco’s homer with a sacrifice fly as Arizona won its fifth straight. Right-hander Patrick Corbin allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings.

Cameron Rupp homered for the Phillies while Nola allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings.

Marlins 5, Braves 0: Justin Bour homered in his return from the disabled list as Miami blanked Atlanta.

Indians 8, Twins 1: Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer as Cleveland cruised past Minnesota.

Red Sox 2, Astros 1: Mookie Betts homered on the first pitch of the top of the eighth inning against Will Harris and Boston edged Houston.

Brewers 6, Padres 5 (10 innings): Eric Thames led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a homer and Milwaukee beat San Diego.

Royals 3, Angels 1: Ian Kennedy retired the first 17 batters he faced and Kansas City beat Los Angeles.

Athletics 7, Yankees 6: Rookie Matt Chapman’s first career hit was a two-run bases-loaded single in the eighth inning as Oakland rallied to beat New York.

Rangers 10, Mariners 4: Tyson Ross took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and pitched 5 2/3 innings in his first start in over a year as Texas beat Seattle.

Rockies 10, Giants 8: Ian Desmond tied a season high with four RBIs and DJ LeMahieu went 4-for-4 as Colorado outslugged San Francisco. — Agencies