Scherzer, HRs by Rendon, Harper lead Nationals over Mets 5-4

Max Scherzer isn’t going to begin a debate over who should start the All-Star Game for the National League.

He’s content to let others sort that out while he keeps winning.

Scherzer made a final pitch to start the Midsummer Classic on his own mound, Anthony Rendon hit two homers and Bryce Harper also connected, leading the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 5-4 Thursday night.

Scherzer wholesale nfl jerseys china (12-5) didn’t https://www.cheapjerseysoutlets.us.com/ dominate over his seven innings, but managed to tie Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola for the NL lead in wins. He struck out five, boosting his league-leading total to 182.

Washington won for just the sixth time in 17 games and nudged back over .500 at 47-46. The Mets fell to 37-54, their most losses before the All-Star Game since dropping 60 in 1993.

Scherzer gave up three runs and five hits, including home runs by nemesis Jose Bautista and Kevin Plawecki.

Rendon hit a two-run homer off Steven Matz (4-7) in the first and added a solo drive in the third. His fourth career multihomer performance gave him six homers in 13 games.

Taillon (6-7) surrendered one run on four hits with two walks in six innings. The right-hander struck out the side twice, once in the third inning and again in the fifth, when he got out of a jam after allowing a leadoff walk to Tyler Saladino followed by a single from Erik Kratz.

In his last start, Taillon allowed a 2-0 lead to slip away to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. Right-handed reliever Edgar Santana replaced him with the score tied 2-2, and allowed the go-ahead run in what would be a 3-2 loss.

Jordy Mercer made sure a lack of run support wouldn’t spoil another solid outing from Taillon on Thursday. He tied a career high with four RBI and went 3 for 4 with three singles, one of which knocked in two runs.

Pittsburgh’s 6-7-8 hitters of Josh Bell, Josh Harrison and Mercer finished a combined 5 for 7 with five RBI and five walks.

It seemed like we got some rallies going with two outs there, Mercer said.

It’s good to have those guys getting it going.

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