By Dave Hart
Nationals 3, Tigers 2 – Former Tiger pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit batters to lead the Washington Nationals over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Washington’s Daniel Murphy doubled and knocked in two runs while Danny Espinosa added a solo home run.
The Tigers were led by J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias with a home run each while Justin Upton had a double.
The Tigers are now 15-18 on the season, good for fourth place in the American League Central Division behind the Chicago White Sox.
Detroit will open a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles starting on Thursday night.
4th Place in AL Central Division (7 games behind Chicago)
4 games behind Texas for last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 133
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 136
Next Game: 05/12/2016 @ Baltimore Orioles 7:05 p.m. @ Camden Yards
Hitting stats: J.D. Martinez HR (5) RBI (15), Jose Iglesias HR (1) RBI (3), Justin Upton 2B (7).
Pitching stats: Jordan Zimmermann L (5-2) 7 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 3 K.