Scherzer pitched seven-plus innings against the Marlins, allowed five runs on 10 hits and struck out 10. It was the first time Scherzer (2-3, 2.11 ERA), who began the day with a National League-leading 1.26 ERA, allowed more than three runs in a game this season.
The bullpen, which has been overworked lately, needed Scherzer to go deep in this game. He threw 114 pitches, and left in the eighth inning after allowing a three-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton.
"I had great stuff today," Scherzer said. "[Catcher Wilson Ramos] and I were on a really good run right there. I thought we were really on the same page -- what to throw and what different situations.
"I really thought I made two mistakes. One to Ichiro in the second inning, when he was able to get a single. Obviously, the last one to Stanton -- [the count] was 3-2. I was trying to break that slider into the zone. Before I started, I just needed to finish it. I didn't finish it, and it hung right there, so he could hit it a country mile."