‘THAT’S THE MAX THAT WE KNOW,’ NATS MARTINEZ SAYS

By Sam Bush

Max Scherzer threw seven scoreless innings and shut down Tampa Bay’s typically productive lineup in a 6-1 win at Nats Park.

And thanks to some support from his own unconventional lineup, Scherzer and the Nationals won for the third time in four days.

At 15-25 and the season now two-thirds complete, the odds of a wild card berth remain stacked against the Nats. But that didn’t feel so important on a night when everyone was just pleased to win a well-played game against a quality opponent.

“That’s the Max that we know right there,” manager Davey Martinez said during his postgame session with reporters. “He really pitched well. We needed that today.”

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