Max Scherzer pitched a dominant game in his return

“The Indomitable Ace,” Max Scherzer, 40, pitched a dominant game in his return from a back injury, earning his first win in 285 days.

Scherzer pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out four and walking none in a complete-game victory over the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday.

It was a dominant performance that was uncharacteristic of his return from injury. After a clean three-hit shutout inning with one strikeout against Nick Loftin, Bobby Witt Jr. and Vinny Pasquantino in the top of the first, he retired 13 straight batters until MJ Melendez hit an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the fifth.

Melendez’s double threatened to put runners in scoring position for the first time in the game, 안전놀이터 but he got Hunter Renfroe to strike out swinging and Nelson Velasquez to ground out to second base.

With a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth, Scherzer relinquished the mound to Jose Urena, who finished the game on a high note.

He threw 57 pitches (39 for strikes).

Scherzer, a $43.3 million player, has been through a long rehabilitation tunnel since undergoing herniated disc surgery last December. After going 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in three minor league Triple-A starts, the right-hander returned to the mound for his first win since Sept. 13 against the Toronto Blue Jays, 285 days after his injury.

Scherzer added four strikeouts on the night to reach the 3,371-strikeout plateau in his career. He moved into a tie for 11th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout list with legend Greg Maddux.

Texas, third in the American League West, rode Scherzer’s strong outing to a 4-0 victory over Kansas City to complete a three-game sweep and extend Pajuk’s winning streak to four games.

The game-winner came in the fourth inning. After a leadoff walk to Adolis Garcia and an infield single by Nathaniel Lowe put runners on first and second with no outs, 슬롯 보증 사이트 Wyatt Langford hit a leadoff double and Leodis Tavares followed with a two-run single to left.

In the bottom of the seventh, Josh Smith led off the inning with a solo home run to right field.

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