Nationals' Max Scherzer claims second career Cy Young Award

— -- Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was named NL Cy Young Award winner in a landslide Wednesday, garnering 25 of the 30 first-place votes to become the team's first recipient of the award.

The winner of the 2013 AL Cy Young Award for the Tigers, Scherzer becomes just the sixth pitcher to win Cy Youngs in both leagues, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens and Gaylord Perry.

Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester was the runner-up with one first-place vote, while teammate Kyle Hendricks came in third with two first-place votes. The other two first-place votes went to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, who finished fifth overall in voting.

Scherzer led the majors in strikeouts (284) and WHIP (0.97), while leading the National League in wins (20), innings (228.1) and pitching WAR (6.2), and tied for first in quality starts (26) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.07). Unfortunately for Scherzer, he also led the NL in home runs given up (31), making him the first pitcher since Johnson in 1999 to give up at least 30 homers and still win a Cy Young Award.

The award was announced live on MLB Network, with Scherzer joining the broadcast live.

Perhaps most notably, Scherzer authored just the fourth 20-strikeout performance in baseball history this season as he baffled the Tigers in a May victory.