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Scherzer tosses 5-hitter, Zimmerman HR, Nats top Marlins 3-1

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Nationals Park on May 02, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Nationals Park on May 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. (2021 Getty Images)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Max Scherzer pitched a five-hitter, Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer and the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 3-1.

Scherzer carried a shutout into the ninth inning before Isan Diaz led off with a home run.

The right-hander struck out nine without a walk and hit a batter.

It was the 12th career complete game for Scherzer, who got loud applause from the approximately 8,500 fans at Nationals Park when he came out to start the ninth.

Yan Gomes added two hits for Washington, which improved to .500 with its fourth straight win.