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

NEW YORK (AP) 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 (12-5) didn’t 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.

His first half assessment?

”Pretty good,” he said. ”I’ve been pretty consistent, giving the team a chance to win.”

The three-time Cy Young Award winner exited with a 2.41 ERA, and perfectly lined up to pitch on regular rest next Tuesday night in the All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

Scherzer deflected a question on whether he should get the start, saying it was ”an All-Star question” that he’d talk about at the right time. Before the game, Nationals manager Dave Martinez was more definitive.

”I don’t want to be biased,” he said, ”but Max Scherzer, yeah, of course.”

Fans at Citi Field would rather see Mets ace Jacob deGrom make the start – he tops the majors with a 1.68 ERA,

Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/scherzer-hrs-by-rendon-harper-lead-nationals-over-mets-5-4-071218

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