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.

LSJ Logo incertScherzer allowed two runs on six hits in a complete game effort for the Nationals.

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.

Detroit’s starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann took the loss against his former team, allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings.Eye on the D

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.

Record: 15-18

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.