NEW YORK — Max Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter this season for the Nationals, striking out a team-record 17 and leading Washington over the National League East champion Mets 2-0 Saturday for a doubleheader sweep.
Only one batter reached base against Scherzer, when third baseman and former Ray Yunel Escobar bounced a throw for an error on Kevin Plawecki's leadoff grounder in the sixth inning.
Scherzer became the sixth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a year and the first since Roy Halladay in 2010. The Phillies ace had one in the regular season and another in the playoffs.
Scherzer struck out nine straight batters before Curtis Granderson hit an easy popup to Escobar to end the game on his 109th pitch.
Working quickly on a brisk, blustery night at Citi Field, Scherzer added to the no-hitter he threw against the Pirates on June 20, when he came within one strike of a perfect game.
Johnny Vander Meer, who pitched two no-hitters in a row; Nolan Ryan, Virgil Trucks, and Allie Reynolds also threw two in one season.
The Mets lost their fifth game in a row.