MLB roundup: Scherzer reaches 300 K’s

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Max Scherzer recorded his 300th strikeout of the season while earning his 18th win, and Anthony Rendon drove in four runs as the host Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 9-4 on Tuesday night.

Bidding for his fourth Cy Young Award, Scherzer (18-7) allowed five hits, no walks and one run, striking out 10 in seven innings. He punched out rookie Austin Dean swinging in the seventh inning for No. 300. Only 16 other pitchers have accomplished the feat since 1900, and it was Scherzer’s final strikeout of the night.

Rendon went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and an RBI double, improving his batting average to .312, extending his hit streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 33 games. During his hitting streak, Rendon is batting .500 (21-for-42) with five homers and 20 RBIs.

Washington’s Bryce Harper went 1-for-1 with three walks, and he also scored his 100th and 101st runs of the season. He is the only NL player with at least 100 walks, 100 runs and 100 RBIs.

Astros 4, Blue Jays 1

Alex Bregman hit a two-run home run, Josh James pitched an effective five innings, and visiting Houston clinched at least a tie for the American League West title by defeating Toronto.

Yuli Gurriel had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for the Astros, who would seal the division crown if the Oakland A’s lose later to the Seattle Mariners.

Houston reached 100 wins for the third time in club history and for the second consecutive season. The Astros have won the first two games of the three-game series.

Yankees 9, Rays 2

Slumping Gary Sanchez capped a seven-run top of the third inning with a three-run homer as New York moved closer to securing home-field advantage in the American League wild-card game with a rout of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sanchez, who tied a season high with four RBIs, gave the Yankees a 7-0 lead when he lifted a 3-1 fastball just above the knees from Jalen Beeks into the left-center-field seats.

Sanchez’s blast helped the Yankees lower their magic number to three to ensure they will face the A’s at Yankee Stadium in the wild-card game on Oct. 3. New York began the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland.

Royals 4, Reds 3

Rookie Hunter Dozier hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to lead Kansas City to victory at rainy Cincinnati.

Dozier hit the second pitch from Reds closer Raisel Iglesias (2-5) for his 11th homer of the season. It came after the Reds loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth and failed to score.

Kevin McCarthy (5-4), the fifth Royals pitcher thanks in part to a 51-minute rain delay in the third inning, picked up the win after escaping the eighth-inning jam by getting two ground balls and a strikeout.

Red Sox-Orioles, ppd.

The night game between host Boston and Baltimore was postponed because of sustained rain near Fenway Park. The contest will be made up Wednesday as part of a day-night doubleheader.

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