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Tim Hudson

Giants rip struggling Scherzer, Nats, 8-5

SAN FRANCISCO The beauty of an offensively gifted team is that its players are capable of outhitting their mistakes. Even their manager's mistakes. Bruce Bochy went a bridge too far to get Matt Cain through the fifth inning, and Bryce Harper blitzed that decision with a three-run home run into the arcade. But the Giants kept applying pressure after an early throttling of Max Scherzer and their bullpen dazzled as they held on for an 8-5 victory at AT&T Park on Friday night. The Giants built a 6-1 lead against Scherzer, the Nationals' ace who was facing them for the first time since Game 4 of the 2012 World Series at Detroit. He lasted just three innings while giving up a season...