The Nationals ended up losing 5-1 to the Rangers.
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer recorded his 2,000th career strikeout in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon's game against the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park. Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 3 with a solo home run, while Elvis Andrus went 1 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI. The game remained tied 1-1 until the top of the eighth when Texas busted out for four runs. Scherzer was the hard luck loser as he officially allowed two earned runs and a third unearned run despite giving up just three hits and striking out ten in his 7 1/3 innings of work.
Bibens-Dirkx was released by the Nationals that summer and later played in the Colorado Rockies' system before he signed a year ago with the Texas Rangers.
The majority of Scherzer's strikeouts - 1,081, to be exact - came as a member of the Detroit Tigers.
"I told my family I have to face Max Scherzer and (my wife said) 'No, you get to, '" Bibens-Dirkx said.
We have game one of a lone star showdown in the AL West, as the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros to kick off a three game set. However, Harper was retired via a double play and then Bibens-Dirkx sent 19 straight Nationals down in order into the seventh.
DeShields reached on an error by Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon with one out in the eighth and pinch hitter Jurickson Profar walked.
Clayton Kershaw surpassed Pedro Martinez as the second-fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeout club during a June 2 game - his 277th - when he struck out the Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Villar on three pitches.
On Treinen's first pitch, DeShields scored on a passed ball by catcher Matt Wieters to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
Rangers: RHP Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet surgery) said he is ready to make his Texas debut after averaging 90 pitches over his last two rehab starts at Triple-A Round Rock.
The Nationals entered Sunday with a record of 38-23 and held a massive 10.5-game lead over the New York Mets for first place in the National League East Division.