SAN LUIS, Missouri (AP) – Max Scherzer struck out 13 in his hometown, Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Monday night.
Scherzer (13-4) allowed one dirty run and six hits in eight innings in his 104th game in which he had at least 10 strikeouts, including six games against St. Louis. The pitcher ties for fifth place in this line in MLB history.
“I didn’t get caught up in the results,” Scherzer said. “I focus on the process. The results show themselves. The results are great when you get them. For me, it’s about throwing a strike.”
The pitcher also posted his ninth season with more than 200 strikeouts in his career. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is six strikeouts away from becoming the 19th player to reach 3,000 in major league history.
The Dodgers have won all seven of Scherzer’s starts since the St. Louis native was acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals that involved multiple players.
The Cardinals suffered their fourth loss in five games. They trailed three and a half games behind the unmoved San Diego Padres in the contest for the second wild card in the National League.
St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas (0-2) took the loss, conceding five runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings.
Paul Goldschmidt shot three hits for the Cardinals, and Tommy Edman scored the team’s only run off an Austin Barnes pitch that went long in the sixth.
For the Cardinals, Panamanian Edmundo Sosa 4-1.