Max Scherzer set a new career-high with 16 strikeouts on Sunday

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Max Scherzer flirted with perfection, but settled for setting a new career-high in strikeouts with 16 on Sunday as the Nationals topped the Brewers 4-0. Scherzer brought a perfect game into the seventh inning, but it was snapped when Carlos Gomez led off the frame with a single to right-center.

It was the only hit Scherzer allowed in a shutout, only the second of his career. He walked one along with striking out 16. His previous career-high of 15 punch-outs came on May 20 when his Tigers hosted the Pirates. Scherzer becomes the third pitcher to strikeout at least 16 batters in a start this season, joining Corey Kluber (18) and Michael Pineda (16). Scherzer’s 15th strikeout, against Jason Rogers in the ninth inning, set a Nationals record.

Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals this past off-season, has lived up to the hype thus far, posting a 1.93 ERA with a 0.88 WHIP and a 113/14 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.