Phillies plate 10 runs in first inning against Mets

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The Phillies showed up against the Mets Tuesday night hungry and motivated after a disappointing 7-6 loss on Monday. They batted around and then some, plating 10 runs against Steven Matz and Drew Gagnon. Matz was on the hook for eight of those runs (six earned) and failed to retire a batter. The Mets’ defense committed three errors.

Here’s how the inning played out:

The 10 runs are the most the Phillies have scored in the first inning since plating a franchise record 12 runs against the Nationals on April 8, 2017. It’s the most the Mets have allowed in the first inning since July 19, 1988 against the Reds.

Things got worse for the Mets as outfielder Brandon Nimmo exited with an injury. The Phillies’ Segura also exited with an apparent injury. Both teams should provide updates on the players’ statuses later tonight. [Update, 8:29 PM ET: Segura exited with left hamstring tightness. Nimmo left with a stiff neck.]

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.