Scherzer worked around a two-out walk of Michael Brantley in the first inning for a scoreless frame. He seemed to be missing his location arm-side a bit. Scherzer certainly missed his location with the slider to Gurriel.
The Astros continued to apply pressure to Scherzer, as Yordan Álvarez and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back singles. Scherzer got some help, though, as Robinson Chirinos popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt. Josh Reddick then grounded out and George Springer lined out to end the inning. The Nationals have to feel fortunate to only be down 1-0 after that inning.