Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon
June 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals ace Max Scherzer is pitching a perfect game through eight innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park.

Scherzer has struck out 10 and thrown 92 pitches Saturday. He also hit a single in the third, and the Nationals lead 6-0.

The Pirates twice hit balls to the warning track in Scherzer's first time through the order. In the eighth, shifted second baseman Danny Espinosa barely threw out Pedro Alvarez at first from shallow right field.

In his previous start, Scherzer was perfect at Milwaukee last Sunday until Carlos Gomez led off the seventh with a bloop single.

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