WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced and threw seven innings of two-hit ball, striking out 11 in a pitching masterpiece that carried the Washington Nationals past the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Monday night.

Scherzer's bid for his third career no-hitter ended with one out in the sixth when Addison Russell homered on a 3-2 pitch. The only other batter to reach against Scherzer (8-4) was Anthony Rizzo, who doubled in the seventh.

Facing the team with the best record in the majors, Scherzer became the 26th pitcher in baseball history to have 40 games with at least 10 strikeouts. He has won three straight starts, allowing only three runs over 22 innings.

Shawn Kelley got five outs for his first save.

Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning for the NL East-leading Nationals, who have won four straight and seven of eight.

Kyle Hendricks (4-6) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

ROYALS 2, INDIANS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield hit his first career homer, Edinson Volquez tossed seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball and Kansas City beat Cleveland to end a five-game skid against the Indians.

Alcides Escobar also drove in a run for the Royals, who have won three in a row after an eight-game losing streak. They also won their seventh consecutive game at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez (6-6) walked the bases loaded in the first inning before settling down, allowing only a double to Jason Kipnis and a single to Lonnie Chisenhall.

Kelvin Herrera allowed a leadoff homer to Kipnis in the eighth. Wade Davis earned his 18th save.

Carlos Carrasco (2-2) gave up both Kansas City runs and 10 hits over six innings.

PHILLIES 7, BLUE JAYS 0

TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Howard and Odubel Herrera homered, Jerad Eickhoff pitched six spotless innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season, and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Toronto.

Herrera had three RBIs as the Phillies won for the third time in 13 meetings with the Blue Jays. Peter Bourjos had two hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which had lost 17 of 22 overall.

Eickhoff (4-8) allowed three hits and four walks. David Hernandez, Hector Neris and Andrew Bailey finished the six-hitter.

Toronto scored 21 runs in winning its previous two games but did not manage an extra-base hit against the Phillies.

Herrera and Howard homered off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (4-7), who went 6 1/3 innings. He is 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in seven home starts.

REDS 9, BRAVES 8

ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Holt drew a bases-loaded walk from Arodys Vizcaino to force home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, and Cincinnati edged Atlanta in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the National League.

Five Braves pitchers combined for eight walks, including three by Vizcaino (1-2) in the ninth.

Adam Duvall homered and drove in three runs for the Reds. Ross Ohlendorf (5-5) allowed one run in the eighth, and Tony Cingrani earned his seventh save.

Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits for the Braves, including a homer.