Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 6, 2021 (September 7 in Manila) in St. Louis. AP PHOTO
Max Scherzer struck out 13 in his hometown and Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).
Scherzer (13-4) permitted one unearned run and six hits in eight innings in his 104th double-digit strikeout game, including six against St. Louis. That ties him for fifth place in MLB history.
“I don’t get caught up in the results,” Scherzer said. “I focus on the process. Results take care of themselves. Results are great when you get them. For me, it’s all about throwing strikes.”
Scherzer also recorded the ninth 200-plus strikeout season of his career. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is six away from becoming the 19th player in big league history to reach 3,000 Ks.
“That’s a huge milestone. It’s something I’ll be proud of,” Scherzer said. “It’s great to go out there and get strikeouts but it’s great to go out there and pitch well.”
The Dodgers have won all seven of Scherzer’s starts since the St. Louis native was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Washington.
Manager Dave Roberts said Scherzer has provided a big boost.
“He’s better than advertised,” Roberts said. “We knew what we were going to get as far as the player. He’s certainly even exceeded that. He’s as good as they get. We’ve needed him.”
The Cardinals lost for the fourth time in five games. They dropped 3 1/2 games back of idle San Diego for the second NL wild card.
St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas (0-2) was charged with five runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings. Paul Goldschmidt had three hits for the Cardinals, and Tommy Edman scored the team’s only run on Austin Barnes’ passed ball in the sixth.