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Scherzer dominant as Nationals edge Phillies 3-2

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Scherzer dominant as Nationals edge Phillies 3-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Max Scherzer didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and he was dominant through eight as the Washington Nationals continued their mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

Scherzer (15-7) allowed three hits and struck out 11 while walking one. He was perfect through the first four innings, striking out five consecutive batters -- all swinging -- between the second and third innings.

Ryan Howard, who got the start despite being 1 for 18 with 11 strikeouts against Scherzer coming in, hit an opposite-field two-run home run in the seventh inning to break up the shutout and pull the Phillies within 3-2.

But Scherzer closed the door from there, striking out three more in the seventh and eighth en route to his 15th win of the season.

Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save, getting a strikeout and inducing a game-ending double play after issuing a leadoff walk.

Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera collected the only other hits for the Phillies, who have lost six of eight to fall 12 games below .500. They have dropped their last eight games to Washington, which matches the team record for consecutive losses vs. the Nationals/Expos franchise.

Scherzer, who pitched two no-hitters last season, didn't allow a runner to reach base until Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp walked with one out in the fifth. Galvis ripped a double to right-field to lead off the sixth to break up Scherzer's no-hit bid, but was picked off second base by Scherzer to end the scoring threat.

Scherzer has allowed just five hits in his last two starts after pitching a two-hit, eight-inning gem vs. Baltimore on Thursday. He's taken a no-hitter into the sixth in nine of his 61 all-time starts with the Nationals.

The Washington ace also had a sacrifice-bunt RBI in the fourth after Ryan Zimmerman walked and Danny Espinosa ripped a single. The inning ended when Espinoza was thrown out at the plate on a dart from Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr with Espinoza colliding with Rupp on the play.

The Nationals staked Scherzer to an early lead in the first inning. With two outs and nobody on, Daniel Murphy doubled before scoring on a double by Bryce Harper, his 19th RBI in the last 19 games. Wilson Ramos brought Harper home with an RBI single to put the Nats ahead 2-0.

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (9-13), who walked just six batters in his last eight starts coming in, issued three walks and allowed five hits and three earned runs through six innings.

Scherzer's double-digit strikeout game was the 12th of the season, setting a Nationals record. He improved his career record to 7-1 against the Phillies, including a 6-0 mark since he joined the Nats in 2015.

The Nationals, who opened their six-game road trip with a 4-0 victory over the Phillies on Monday, are 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season.

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Phillies: Peter Bourjois missed his second straight game after getting hit in the left wrist by a pitch Sunday.

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The Phillies and Nationals wrap up their three-game series Wednesday night with Philadelphia LHP Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50) opposing LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25).

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Wieters two-run HR propels Orioles past Blue Jays

Wieters two-run HR propels Orioles past Blue Jays

BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters slammed an eighth inning home run to right to break a 3-3 tie, and the Orioles had an exciting win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. 

Thanks to Wieters’ heroics, the Orioles had a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 16,083 at Oriole Park. 

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Jonathan Schoop walked against Jason Grilli (4-2) with two outs and then Wieters hit his 12th home run, and the Orioles had a 5-3 lead.

Brad Brach (8-2) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 39th consecutive save. 

With the win, the Orioles (72-60) moved back to within three games of the Blue Jays (75-57) in the American League East.

Ubaldo Jimenez lasted one-third of an inning when he last started against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 12. J.A. Happ, a leading contender for the Cy Young Award, started against Jimenez, and it looked like a mismatch. 

Jimenez walked two of his first three batters, Russell Martin hit into a double play to end the first. 

Toronto scored a run in the second when Michael Saunders doubled and scored on Kevin Pillar’s two-out single. 

Jimenez then retired 12 of the next 13 hitters, and his only baserunner, Pillar, who singled with one out in the fifth was quickly erased when Devon Travis hit into a double play. 

Happ gave up a hit in each of the first four innings. In the fifth, Steve Pearce homered to left field with one out. It was Pearce’s 13th home run, and third since returning to the Orioles on Aug. 1. It was his fifth home run in 28 at-bats against Happ. 

Pedro Alvarez, who was batting second for the first time since July 2, 2010, walked, and Manny Machado hit a home run estimated at 438 feet into the Orioles bullpen for a 3-1 lead. 

Martin started the seventh with a single, and after Troy Tulowitzki flied to right, Saunders hit his 21st home run to tie the score at 3. It was Saunders’ fourth home run in 19 at-bats against Jimenez, who gave up three runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. 

Happ allowed three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

NOTES: Machado is the youngest Oriole to hit 100 home runs. Eddie Murray was the previous youngest to 100. … Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.99) faces Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.69) on Wednesday night. 
 

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Former Terp Shaun Hill could be in line to start after Teddy Bridgewater injury

Former Terp Shaun Hill could be in line to start after Teddy Bridgewater injury

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee along with a completely torn ACL and "other structural damage," the team announced on Tuesday evening. 

With the injury almost undoubtedly ending Bridgewater's season, the football question begins to arise. Who will play quarterback in Minnesota? The answer could be former Maryland Terrapin.

Shaun Hill, a veteran journeyman, could be the next in line, barring a move by Minnesota to acquire another quarterback. 

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As currently constituted, Hill is on the roster along with former Wisconsin QB Joel Stave and former Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke.

Hill, 36, came in for the injured Bridgewater last season against St. Louis after the quarterback left the game with a concussion. Minnesota would win, 21-18, in overtime.

Hill has played for four teams during his NFL career -- the Vikings, 49ers, Rams, and Lions. He has thrown for more than 8,000 total yards and has a career passer rating of 85.2.

Before turning pro, he helped Maryland to the 2001 ACC title as a senior. The Terrapins would reach the 2002 Orange Bowl and end the season ranked No. 10 overall.