Scherzer finds his form, Rendon homers as Nats beat D-Backs

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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WASHINGTON (AP) Max Scherzer struck out 10 and allowed two runs in six innings and Anthony Rendon hit a go-ahead three-run homer as the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Tuesday night to inch closer to home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.

Scherzer (19-7) was not at his Cy Young Award candidate best, uncharacteristically missing spots and allowing six hits, including a leadoff home run by Jean Segura. But the right-hander struck out six straight as he reassumed control of an important game for Washington, which dropped its magic number for home-field advantage against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS to five.

After the Nationals didn't get a hit through five innings against Arizona starter Matt Koch, Rendon hit a three-run shot off Randall Delgado (4-2) with two outs in the sixth, his 19th of the season.