Scherzer Dominant in 2nd Big League Victory

Scherzer could be a #1 starter for some clubs

When Brandon Webb returns from the disabled list, the Arizona Diamondbacks may find themselves with three aces, since Max Scherzer made the hottest team in baseball look impotent at the plate Tuesday night.

Right-hander Max Scherzer benefited from a bit of deception in recording his first major league victory May 16 in Atlanta. He got out of a first-inning jam by using the fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff move to catch runners off both first and third en route to a 12-0 shutout.

Scherzer got victory No. 2 Tuesday with sheer power, both on the mound and at the plate, although it took a tightrope act in the bullpen to secure the 6-5 win over San Diego.

"For us to show resiliency, that's the important part," said Scherzer, whose team blew a six-run lead in a 9-7, 10-inning loss Monday.

Scherzer struck out 10 in arguably the best outing of his career, giving up six hits and two runs -- one after he left the game -- while pitching into the eighth inning for the time in his 16 major league starts. He did not walk a batter for the first time in any start while turning in a quality start for the fifth time in his last six outings.

"I haven't seen a lot of him live, but that's a legit arm," said San Diego manager Bud Black, a former major league pitcher.

Scherzer threw seven shutout innings before former Diamondback Chris Burke homered to lead off the eighth. He left after Tony Gwynn Jr. singled.

Scherzer, 24, also drove in two runs and scored twice, doubling with two outs in the fifth inning to drive in Ryan Roberts to break a scoreless tie. His two-out single drove in the final run of a four-run sixth for a 6-0 lead.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, PADRES 5: Max Scherzer won his second consecutive decision after going winless in his first 13 career starts, and he drove in two runs with two two-out hits as the D-backs broke San Diego's 10-game winning streak. Mark Reynolds had his team-leading 13th home run to help the D-backs take a 6-0 lead after six innings. Juan Gutierrez allowed only one run while pitching out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the ninth inning for his first career save. Chris Young made a catch at the fence in right-center field for the last out of the game.

SNAKE BYTES

--RHP Billy Buckner will make his second start of the season Wednesday against San Diego, five days after his career-best performance in an emergency start in Oakland. Buckner, recalled from Triple-A Reno for last Friday's game after a rainout in Florida jumbled the D-backs' rotation, gave up one run and five hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings in a 2-1 victory over the A's. He has made six career starts, five with Kansas City in 2007.

--LHP Doug Davis has six quality starts among his 10 starts this season but still has only two victories to show for it after the bullpen failed to hold a 7-1 lead in a 9-7, 10-inning loss to San Diego on Monday. Davis (2-6, 3.77 ERA) gave up two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings but was hurt by an infield error in the Padres' five-run eighth, all the runs scoring after he was removed from the game.

--RHP Jon Rauch was charged with two earned runs in San Diego's five-run eighth inning Monday because of scoring Rule 10.16(i), which states that the relief pitcher does not have the benefit of previous errors when determining earned runs. Rauch gave up singles to the two batters he faced after replacing LHP Doug Davis, whose second batter of the inning reached base on SS Stephen Drew's fielding error. LHP Clay Zavada, who replaced Rauch, gave up a two-out, three-run double, making the runs against Rauch earned even though the inning should have been over. Davis was charged with one earned run and two unearned runs in the inning.

--3B/1B Mark Reynolds hit his 13th home run and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, going 13-for-38 (.333) with five homers and 12 RBIs. He has started at first base in four of those games and likely will continue to do so when manager A.J. Hinch likes the matchup. Two of the right-handed hitter's starts at first have come against opposing right-handers.

--2B Felipe Lopez (left hamstring) was a late scratch from the lineup, in which he would have led off. Lopez has missed three consecutive starts since feeling a pinch after singling in the fifth inning at Oakland on Saturday. IF Augie Ojeda made his third straight start at second base in Lopez's place.

--INF Ryan Roberts had a career-high three hits while starting at third base Tuesday, when Mark Reynolds played first. Roberts had two singles and a double, scored twice and added a stolen base to improve his batting average to .366.

DIAMOND STAT: 6-3 -- D-backs' record on manager A.J. Hinch's first road trip, which included a split and two series victories.

QUOTABLE: "Honestly, it felt like my first homer in the big leagues. I'm not going to lie." -- OF Chris Young, whose home in Oakland on Friday was his first in 82 at-bats.

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