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Scherzer Just Shy Of No-Hitter As Nats Defeat Reds 5-1

Nationals' Max Scherzer was just five outs shy of a no-hitter on Monday afternoon. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Nationals’ Max Scherzer was just five outs shy of a no-hitter on Monday afternoon.
(Gabe Rodriguez)

A day after the Washington Nationals made headlines for player altercations, Max Scherzer helped bring the attention back to the diamond with a stellar outing that was just five outs shy of a no-hitter.

Scherzer was cruising against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday afternoon at Nationals Park until the eighth inning with one out when Skip Schumaker hit a RBI single to send Tucker Barnhart home and put the Reds on the board.

However, the Nationals’ offensive surge and Scherzer’s dominance were too much for the Reds to overcome.

The Nats took a one run lead in the  bottom of the fourth with a RBI double by Matt den Dekker to send home Tyler Moore. Michael Taylor then hit a RBI single to send home Dan Uggla.

In the bottom of the fifth, Wilson Ramos topped it off with a solo homerun off of Brandon Finnegan for a three run lead. den Dekker then tacked on another run for the Nationals with a solo homer of his own on a fly ball to left center.

Scherzer’s final line was eight innings allowing two hits and one run; striking out ten and walking three and earned his thirteenth win of the season.

Max Scherzer pitched no-hitter on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, his first career no-hitter.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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