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Sport Nationals overcome Strasburg's early exit, beat Braves 11-6

07:05  02 june  2021
07:05  02 june  2021 Source:   ap.org

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ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto each hit a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals overcame Stephen Strasburg's early exit to beat the Atlanta Braves 11-6 on Tuesday night.

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (11) celebrates with Kyle Schwarber (12) after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (11) celebrates with Kyle Schwarber (12) after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Soto had three hits, drove in four runs and scored four times to lead Washington's 14-hit outburst.

The Nationals snapped their five-game losing streak even though Strasburg lasted only 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander left the game after William Contreras' liner hit his left arm near his glove. Strasburg’s glove appeared to absorb at least some of the blow.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) leaves the field with a member of the team's medical staff in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) leaves the field with a member of the team's medical staff in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Strasburg picked up the ball and threw out Contreras at first base, but he was pulled following a visit from manager Dave Martinez and trainer Paul Lessard.

Strasburg was on the injured list from April 15 until May 21 with right shoulder inflammation. His first mound visit from Martinez and Lessard came after he opened the game by walking Ronald Acuña Jr. on four pitches. Acuña stole second and scored on Ozzie Albies’ double to left field.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, center, talks with manager Dave Martinez and a member of the team's medical staff before exiting a baseball game in then second inning against Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, center, talks with manager Dave Martinez and a member of the team's medical staff before exiting a baseball game in then second inning against Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Nationals provided no immediate update on the status of Strasburg, who allowed one run on one hit and two walks while throwing only 30 pitches.

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Acuña had three hits, including a two-run homer off Austin Voth (2-0) in the fifth. Those were the only runs allowed by Voth in three innings.

Soto's homer off Grant Dayton in the eighth cleared the wall in left-center. Soto appeared to mimic Acuña's stutter step near third base on his jog around the bases.

Soto also hit a two-run single off Max Fried (2-3) in a four-run fourth. Fried, who threw three wild pitches, plunked Josh Harrison with a pitch after giving up a single to Voth.

Atlanta Braves center fielder Guillermo Heredia throws after fielding a ball hit for a single by Washington Nationals' Josh Harrison in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Atlanta Braves center fielder Guillermo Heredia throws after fielding a ball hit for a single by Washington Nationals' Josh Harrison in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Fried allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. After he left the game, Zimmerman hit Edgar Santana's first pitch over the wall in right-center for his sixth homer and a 6-1 lead.

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Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley can't reach a ball hit for a single by Washington Nationals' Trea Turner in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley can't reach a ball hit for a single by Washington Nationals' Trea Turner in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Dansby Swanson's run-scoring single in the fifth cut the Nationals' lead to two following the two-run homer by Acuña.

Washington padded the lead with three runs in the seventh, including a two-run double by Yan Gomes off Tyler Matzek. Kyle Schwarber's line-drive single to left field drove in Soto, who walked.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Nationals third baseman Starlin Castro dropped Swanson's infield popup for an error in the seventh after Austin Riley's infield hit drove in Acuña, who doubled.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg reacts after giving up a double in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg reacts after giving up a double in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg  delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

UP NEXT

Washington LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 4.91 ERA) will pitch on three days' rest against LHP Drew Smyly (2-3, 5.95) on Wednesday night. Martinez said Lester, who threw 74 pitches in four innings, allowing five hits and one run, in a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday, was “totally fine” with moving up in the rotation when Fedde was not yet available. “I told him just take us as long as he can go,” Martinez said.

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) shatters his bat as he flies out in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) shatters his bat as he flies out in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) drives in two runs with a base hit in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) drives in two runs with a base hit in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Washington Nationals' Juan Soto, right,  scores ahead of the throw to Atlanta Braves catcher William Contreras, left, in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Nationals' Juan Soto, right, scores ahead of the throw to Atlanta Braves catcher William Contreras, left, in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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