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Nats beat Dodgers 5-2 in uneven matchup of Scherzer, Kershaw

The Dodgers didn't make it easy on Max Scherzer. In the end, though, he was just better than Clayton Kershaw.

Scherzer allowed one run over six innings in the 13th all-time meeting of three-time Cy Young Award winners and the Washington Nationals beat Los Angeles 5-2 on Friday night.

Scherzer (4-1) scattered four hits, struck out nine and walked a season-high three in the first such matchup since 2006.

"Their lineup is tough and they present a lot of problems," he said. "But you don't measure yourself against the worst, you measure yourself against the best."

Kershaw (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings while...

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