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Max Scherzer sizzles against Mets

Max Scherzer struck out 10 Mets and took a shutout into the eighth inning as the Nationals held on to deliver a win.

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Sano's head gets the assist on the out (0:27)
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Hamilton injury allows Rizzo to hit inside-the-park HR (1:09)
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Moya, Saltalamacchia go back-to-back for Tigers (0:48)
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Cubs having special season (1:06)
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Indians have talent for postseason run (0:55)
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Yanks view A-Rod as part-time player (1:29)
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Lindor steals home with genius baserunning (0:32)
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Lenny Dykstra: 'I like to win before the game starts or I don't play' (0:44)
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Cardinals continue their strong road work

Chicago to Seattle and back to Kansas City -- the Cardinals navigated an unusual trip pretty well. Can they now start to iron out their blues at home?

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Rizzo has a history of catches near tarps (0:58)
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Are the Mets mishandling their pitching staff? (1:25)
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Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Daniel Murphy, whose 14 homers this season have already tied a career-high, when asked to explain his new-found power: "I don't know. They just keep going over the fence."

How does Didi Gregorius unwind?

The Yankee likes to sit back, relax and uncork some Two Buck Chuck. Gregorius' 2-run walk-off HR went down smooth for New York, but is going to leave a hangover for the Rangers.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers fall 7-0 to Brewers.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

What a come back!! Yankees hit 2 HR to score 6 runs in the 9th to walk it off vs the Rangers, 9-7.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mets manager Terry Collins on what Daniel Murphy has done against his former team: "He's doing damage against everybody!"

Why did you fail me, bat?!

That's probably what Freddie Freeman was thinking when snapping his bat after striking out for the third time.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Two Daniel Murphy bombs and another Max Scherzer gem helped the Nats to a 4-2 victory and a sweep of the Mets – you know, the team that was supposed to be Washington's foil but instead is falling apart faster than a homemade burrito. With a 5.5-game division lead and seven straight home dates with the Reds and Brewers (followed by four more against these same Mets), a double-digit cushion by the All-Star break doesn't seem out of the question.

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

What a classy player Francisco (that's fun to say) Lindor is. Could be in MVP talk by end of season...Jose Altuve is having a sick year.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

With his second jack of the game and 14th of the season, Daniel Murphy just tied his career high in homers - in June. Since leaving the Mets, the Nats slugger has a 1.229 OPS against his former team.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Final line for Dodgers rookie Brock Stewart in his major league debut: 5 IP. 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 95 pitches. Only runs came in the second inning.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

I love watching Brian Dozier play. Now up to 10 straight games with an extra-base hit. Last AL player to do that: Not Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera. Not even A-Rod. It's Johnny Damon in 2009.

Sano's head gets the assist on the out

Miguel Sano took a pop fly off the noggin, but his teammate made the save.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Officially, Fred Wilpon owns the Mets, Unofficially, Max Scherzer does. After tonight's gem (7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K), the Nats ace now has a 1.66 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP in six starts vs. the Mets since coming to Washington.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Since joining the Nationals in 2015, Scherzer has posted a 1.66 ERA (8 ER/43.1 IP) in six starts against the Mets (including tonight).

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Another dominant outing for Danny Salazar, as the Indians are three outs away from their 12th win in a row. Salazar tossed seven scoreless frames to lower his ERA to 2.22 as opponents are hitting just .185 against him. I'd go with Chris Sale as the AL All-Star starter, but Salazar should be a lock to make the team.