STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer’s bid for a third career no-hitter has ended in the seventh inning when the Washington Nationals pitcher gave up a one-out single to Francisco Lindor.

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Scherzer struck out nine of the first 20 Cleveland Indians batters he faced Tuesday night before Lindor’s clean base hit up the middle.

Center fielder Ben Revere had preserved the no-hit bid in the sixth with a leaping catch against the wall to rob Roberto Perez of extra bases.

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After allowing Lindor’s single, Scherzer committed a two-base error on a pickoff attempt and then allowed a run-scoring double to Jose Ramirez and a bloop RBI single to Lonnie Chisenhall as Cleveland took a 2-0 lead.

Scherzer threw two no-hitters last season, against the Pirates on June 20 and the Mets on Oct. 3. He tied a major league record this year with 20 strikeouts May 11 against Detroit.

Scherzer was trying to become the sixth pitcher in major league history to toss three no-hitters.

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