Scherzer hits 3,000 strikeouts as Dodgers sweep Padres

Max Scherzer hit 3,000 career strikeouts and carried the perfect game into the eighth inning to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday and sweep the three-game series.

Scherzer retired his first 22 foes until Eric Hosmer doubled into deep right field with one out in the eighth inning. The 52,637 fans gave Scherzer a standing ovation at the conclusion of the episode.

The 37-year-old right-hander reached 3,000 career strikeouts by fanning Hosmer in the fifth inning.

Scherzer finished with nine strikeouts among his 92 pitches. The three-time Cy Young Award winner also had an immaculate tackle, striking out all three enemies he faced in the second inning with nine pitches.

The Dodgers stayed 2 1/2 games behind San Francisco in the fight for the lead in the NL West.

In a hard blow, San Diego starter Blake Snell left the game after 11 pitches with a left arm injury. The Padres used seven pitchers.

Corey Seager and Mookie Betts hit solo homers and Justin Turner added a three-run dash to back Scherzer (14-4).

Seager blew the wall with two out in the fourth inning off Dinelson Lamet (2-4). Betts followed with his board in the fifth inning against Pierce Johnson.

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