Max Scherzer becomes fifth ever with two career immaculate innings

Max Scherzer keeps finding new ways to flirt with history.

In the Nationals’ 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, Scherzer threw an immaculate inning, the second of his career. According to ESPN Stats & Information data, he is believed to be just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to record multiple immaculate innings.

Facing Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo and Daniel Robertson in the top of the sixth, Scherzer struck out all three on nine pitches.

The immaculate inning wasn’t the only thing that stood out about Scherzer’s performance. He threw 81 of 99 pitches for strikes, an 81.8 percent rate that is the highest of any starter this season and the best mark in any of Scherzer’s 322 career starts (regular and postseason). He also recorded 25 first-pitch strikes (out of 28 hitters), tied for the second most in his career.

I mean, that’s pretty much as good as it gets, Nationals manager Davey Martinez said of Scherzer, who struck out 13 and walked none. He was awesome tonight.

Coming off the field, I definitely got a fair amount of boos, Verlander said, via the Houston Chronicle. Hey, I’ve come to find here in Yankee Stadium it’s a term of endearment. So thank you. A tip of the cap.

Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill threw eight innings of four-hit, shutout ball in a 1-0 13-inning loss to the Rays.

Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 4 for 5 with a double, and an RBI a 12-5 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Cardinals (28-23) at Brewers (35-20) 7:40 p.m. ET — The Cardinals and Brewers are in the midst of one of the more important series of the young season. The Brewers are threatening to run away with the NL Central as they have a 4 1/2 game lead already. St. Louis sits five games back and hope they can cut into the lead this week.

Texas opened the fourth with three straight singles off Fernando Romero (3-3), including a run-scoring hit up the middle by Adrian Beltre. Rougned Odor then drove in Nomar Mazara with a fielder’s choice.