MLB: Mets’ Max Scherzer exits early in win over Cardinals


Max Scherzer earned the win but departed with left side discomfort with two outs in the sixth inning Wednesday night for the host New York Mets, who beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4.

Scherzer was ahead 0-1 on fellow likely Hall of Famer Albert Pujols when he sailed a slider out of the strike zone. The 37-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner almost immediately signaled for the dugout. He subsequently left the mound with a trainer.

The Mets announced in the eighth inning that Scherzer would undergo imaging Thursday.

Scherzer (5-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Adam Ottavino relieved Scherzer and received credit for striking out Pujols.

Scherzer was injured a half-inning after the Mets broke a 2-2 tie by scoring four times against Jake Walsh (0-1) without the benefit of an extra-base hit. Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith each had RBI singles while Eduardo Escobar lofted a sacrifice fly and Luis Guillorme laid down a successful safety squeeze.

Jeff McNeil opened the scoring with a two-run single in the first off Jordan Hicks. Brandon Nimmo had an RBI triple in the eighth and scored on a single by Mark Canha before Alonso hit a three-run homer.

Pujols, making perhaps his final appearance in New York, had two hits, including a two-run single off the first base bag in the second. He increased his career total to 3,314, which moved him past Eddie Collins for 10th place on the all-time list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

However, baseball-reference.com lists Collins in 11th with 3,315 hits, reflecting record-keeping inconsistencies from the playing careers of Collins (a major-leaguer from 1906-30) and Cap Anson (who played from 1871-97).

Pujols also stole a base.

St. Louis’ Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and Dylan Carlson finished with three hits.

Hicks allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings.

–Field Level Media



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