Dodgers ace Max Scherzer became the 19th pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts when he fanned San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer for the second out in the fifth inning on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
The 37-year-old right-hander struck out five of the first seven batters he faced and took a perfect game into the seventh inning with the Dodgers holding a 2-0 lead on home runs by Corey Seager and Mookie Betts.
He had eight strikeouts through six innings.
An eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer joined the Dodgers in a July 30 trade with the Washington Nationals.
The only other pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts and three or more Cy Young awards are Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez.
Scherzer led the National League in strikeouts three straight seasons from 2016-18.
Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan holds the major league record with 5,714 career strikeouts.
Scherzer, who has thrown two no-hitters, is one of four pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts and multiple no-hitters. The others are Ryan, Johnson and Justin Verlander.