WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals right-handed starter Max Scherzer got the 2,000th strikeout of his career when he fanned Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers to lead off the fourth inning on Sunday at Nationals Park.
The right-hander from St. Louis entered the game with a record of 7-3 and a 2.35 ERA this season. Scherzer had struck out at least 11 batters in each of his last three starts, which were all wins. He fanned 14 batters on Tuesday in win on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scherzer entered Sunday with a career mark of 132-72 with a 3.34 ERA with 1995 strikeouts in 1,780 2/3 innings. He has two career no-hitters and set a personal best when he fanned 20 Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park in 2016.
One of his no-hitters, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, also came at Nationals Park.