8/5/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - Newly acquired starting pitcher Max Scherzer made his debut in front of a roaring crowd of 52,724 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out ten batters while only allowing two runs in a 7-5 win over the Houston Astros.
Scherzer (9-4), struck out Jose Altuve three times and sent the crowd into a frenzy with his dominant performance, which earned him a curtain call. He threw 106 pitches in seven innings, allowing five hits with a walk.
"To have the fans ask for a curtain call for me, I've never had that happen," Scherzer said. "That's really a cool moment, something special I'll never forget."
After striking out Altuve to begin his Dodger career, Sherzer gave up a solo home run to Michael Brantly in the top of the first inning, and the Astros led 1-0.
Mookie Betts tied the game 1-1 with a leadoff solo home run to center field in the bottom of the first inning.
The Dodgers were not done in the first inning as Will Smith hit a three-run home run to give Los Angeles a 4-1 lead. Betts hit his second solo home run of the game in the bottom of the second inning to extend the Dodgers lead, 5-1. For Betts, this was the 19th career multi-home run game.
In the bottom of the third inning, Chris Taylor drew a walk, and A.J Pollock blasted a two-run home run to left field to give the Dodgers a 7-1 lead. Houston added a run in the top of the fourth inning that made the score 7-2 on Kyle Tucker's RBI single.
"That was a high-adrenaline start. The offense went off, which allowed me to attack the hitters and remain aggressive in the strike zone," Scherzer said. "When I can pitch with the curveball like that, it allows me to play up the other pitches more."
In the battle between Carlos Correa and the Dodgers' pitcher Joe Kelly, Correa got the last laugh with a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning that made the score 7-3.
Kenley Jansen came in the game at the top of the ninth inning to get the save but not before giving up a two-run home run to Tucker that made the final score 7-5.
Los Angeles will be off Thursday before they begin a three-game series against the Angels on Friday. Houston will host Minnesota Thursday. #mlb #ladodgers #astros #houstonastros #maxscherzer #mookiebetts #losangelesdodgers #tgsportstv1 #dodgersbaseball #astrosbaseball