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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-05-06

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-05-06
Exactly a year after right-hander Max Scherzer made his first major league start, he is still looking for his first major league victory, although there is not much more he can do.

Scherzer gave up two earned runs in six innings Tuesday while dropping his ERA to 3.38, but he still lost 3-1 to the Dodgers. He gave up four hits and struck out four as Los Angeles scored all of its runs in the first inning, the final one on an error by shortstop Josh Wilson.

In his last start, Scherzer struck out seven in six scoreless innings in Milwaukee on April 30, but the Diamondbacks bullpen could not hold a 1-0 lead in the seventh, when the Brewers scored four runs off four relievers for a 4-1 victory. He has 24 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings this season.

"I don't go out there and try to create a win. I just need to go out there and do the best I can. That's how I'll get my first win," said Scherzer, who gave up five runs to Philadelphia in his first major league start May 5, 2008.

"I just want to give the team a chance. I've really worked hard, trying to develop consistency on every pitch. I didn't give up any runs after the first inning, so at least I finished strong. That's a good sign."

Scherzer has given up more than three earned runs in one of his 11 starts since the Philadelphia game. The D-backs have scored six runs behind him in his five starts this season, and two came when Mark Reynolds, pinch-hitting for Scherzer, hit a home run against St. Louis on April 14. Scherzer did not get a decision in the D-backs' 8-7, 10-inning victory that day.

The D-backs scored four, two, two, three, one, two and two runs in his seven starts last season, when he finished 0-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 16 appearances. Scherzer had one of his best performances of 2008 at Dodger Stadium, when he gave up three runs but struck out 11 in five innings in an emergency start Sept. 7.

DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Max Scherzer made his second consecutive quality start, giving up two earned runs in six innings, but Arizona's bats remained silent as Los Angeles tied a major league record by winning its first 12 home games of the season. Augie Ojeda tied a career high with three hits, but Scherzer scored the D-backs' only run on a wild pitch after he and Ojeda singled in the third. The D-backs were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

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Added: May 6, 2009

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