Sport Nationals overcome Strasburg's early exit, beat Braves 11-6
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Atlanta drops to 20-24 on the season.Drew Smyly struggled to open the season, but was coming off of arguably his best start of the season. He ran into trouble quickly as Adam Frazier doubled to start the game and then came around to score on a two-run home run by Jacob Stallings.
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.
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.
Strasburg returns, pitches into 6th, Nats beat Orioles 4-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched into the sixth inning in his return from the injured list, allowing just one hit as the Washington Nationals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Friday night. Strasburg (1-1) started for the first time since April 13. He had been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation. Anthony Santander’s leadoff single in the second was the only hit allowed by Strasburg, who walked four and struck out four in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He threw 72 pitches and picked up his first win in a regular season game since Sept. 26, 2019. Strasburg won two games in the 2019 World Series, including Game 6, to earn MVP honors.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Marcell Ozuna's contract leaves little wiggle room for the Atlanta Braves
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Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (illness) is scheduled make a rehab start for Class A Wilmington on Thursday. Fedde will join the Nationals in Philadelphia on Friday. ... OF Victor Robles (right ankle sprain) returned to the lineup after being reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday.
Braves: RHP Shane Greene gave up one hit in a scoreless inning in his third appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett. Greene's scheduled outing on Sunday was pushed back due to back discomfort. The 32-year-old Greene re-signed with Atlanta on May 9.
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.
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