Video: Max Scherzer completes his no-hitter against the Pirates

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It was a bittersweet afternoon for Max Scherzer as he was one strike away from completing baseball’s 24th perfect game. After hitting Jose Tabata, Scherzer settled for a no-hitter, getting Josh Harrison to fly out to end the game.

Scherzer struck out 10 batters on the afternoon for his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season. He’s 8-5 with a 1.76 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP, and a 123/14 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3 innings. Not a bad way to start the first year of a seven-year, $210 million contract.

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Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.