Max Scherzer outpitched Adam Wainwright in a matchup worthy of opening day, and the Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 Thursday.
Scherzer struck out nine and walked three in five innings, allowing two unearned runs and three hits.
In typical Scherzer fashion, he was more concerned about the three walks, saying he was ''inefficient'' against the Cardinals lineup.
Wainwright gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked one.
Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run double and a two-run homer for the Nationals. Anthony Rendon drove in two runs with his third double in two days.
Scherzer struck out eight different Cardinals.