Max Scherzer loses perfect game on hit-by-pitch in ninth inning vs. Pirates

Max Scherzer had a perfect game through 8 2/3 innings against the Pirates as the Nationals led 6-0. It was so close.Scherzer had struck out ten Pirates, including two strikeouts against all three members of the esteemed Pittsburgh outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte. MORE: Verlander regrets helping A-Rod make history | The next Mr. 3,000On Sunday, Scherzer threw a one-hit shutout against the Brewers that put him in rare historical company. Now, he's wanted to finish the no-hit job he couldn't complete less than a week ago. The 27th batter for the Pirates was pinch-hitter Jose Tabata, who fouled off three straight pitches with a 2-2 count before getting hit, thus ruining the perfect game.Scherzer finished the no-hitter in the next at-bat, as Josh Harrison flew out to left field.