Scherzer wins his Dodgers debut, followers 10 Astros


LOS ANGELES — Max Scherzer’s Los Angeles Dodgers debut included three strikeouts of Jose Altuve and ended with a curtain name.

It was, in different phrases, as marketed.

Scherzer pitched seven innings of two-run ball towards the high-powered Houston Astros on Wednesday night time, scattering 5 hits, issuing one stroll and putting out 10 batters whereas propelling the Dodgers to a 7-5 victory towards a group reviled by most of L.A.

Scherzer — pitching in entrance of one other electrical, hostile, sold-out crowd at Dodger Stadium — allowed a first-inning residence run to Michael Brantley however rapidly settled in thereafter, retiring the following 9 batters so as. He started the seventh inning with 89 pitches and promptly walked Kyle Tucker, however he got here again to retire Robel Garcia and Jason Castro.

His 109th pitch was a 96 mph fastball previous a swinging Chas McCormick, ending the half inning and bringing 52,274 followers to their ft begging for a curtain name. Scherzer obliged by stepping out of the third-base dugout and waving.

Scherzer, 37, bought 10 swings and misses on a fastball that averaged 95.2 mph, his highest common fastball velocity of the season, and recorded the 102nd double-digit-strikeout recreation of his profession, fifth most in main league historical past. His ERA is now at 2.75 by 118 innings in 2021.

An inning after Scherzer exited, Joe Kelly, who put himself within the thick of this rivalry by throwing close to Carlos Correa‘s head final season, handed Altuve his fourth strikeout of the sport, a lot to the delight of the Dodgers followers in attendance. It was solely the second four-strikeout recreation of Altuve’s 11-year profession.

The Astros rapidly minimize their deficit in half towards Dodgers nearer Kenley Jansen within the ninth, getting a two-run residence run from Kyle Tucker with no person out. However Jansen got here again to retire Garcia, Castro and pinch-hitter Jake Meyers, giving the Dodgers their sixty fifth win this season. The Astros and Dodgers break up their four-game sequence this season, and the Dodgers outscored them by solely three runs.

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