Scherzer becomes 1st pitcher in Nationals history to complete 8 innings in 4 straight starts

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Dale Zanine / USA TODAY Sports

For Max Scherzer, handing the ball over to the bullpen doesn't appear to be an option.

The Washington Nationals ace picked up the tough luck loss Thursday after allowing two runs off five hits while striking out nine as the Atlanta Braves walked off with a 2-1 win.

Scherzer, who was awarded the National League Pitcher of the Month for June prior to the start, has been on an exceptional run. After pitching into the ninth inning Thursday, Scherzer became the first pitcher in franchise history to complete eight innings in four consecutive starts.

Date Opp IP H R SO
June 14 MIL 9 1 0 16
June 20 PIT 9 0 0 10
June 26 PHI 8 5 2 7
July 2 ATL 8.1 5 2 9

Tied 1-1, Scherzer entered the ninth on 97 pitches. The right-hander allowed a single and a sacrifice bunt before Cameron Maybin drove home the winning run with a single to left field, handing Scherzer his first loss since June 9.

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"It just [stinks]," Scherzer told reporters of the loss. "When you lose like that, an infield single, [Pedro] Ciriaco being able to beat it out and a ball that chops right over the third baseman, what are you gonna be mad about? I felt like I executed my pitches in those situations, they just got hits. Baseball is a funny game sometimes."

Scherzer has three complete games over his last four starts, after recording just one in his first 210, according to ESPN.