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Strasburg's 11 Ks lead Nationals over Mets

 Washington Nationals' Michael Morse, left, celebrates with Roger Bernadina after hitting a home run during the second inning of the baseball game aga...
 Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Wednesday, July ...

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Washington Nationals' Michael Morse, left, celebrates with Roger Bernadina after hitting a home run during the second inning of the baseball game aga...

Nationals Mets Baseball

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Wednesday, July ...

Washington ace Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 batters in seven innings as the Nationals won 5-2 on Wednesday, completing a series sweep of the free-falling New York Mets.
Strasburg (11-4) gave up four hits in matching his career best for innings, done seven times.
Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa hit consecutive homers, while Espinosa also doubled and scored on one of the Mets' two errors in the Nationals' fifth straight win.
The Mets' 1-11 slide after the All-Star break is approaching their record for futility to start the second half of a season. The 1962 Mets won just one of their first 15 games en route to a 40-120 season.
New York starter Jeremy Hefner (1-4) labored through six innings, giving up three runs n his fourth big league start.
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CARDINALS 3, DODGERS 2, 12 innings
In St. Louis, Rafael Furcal singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning as St. Louis edged Los Angeles.
Lance Berkman, who left a day earlier with a bruised knee after being hit by a pitch, drew a one-out walk in the 12th from Jamey Wright (4-3). Matt Carpenter singled with two outs and Furcal drove home pinch-runner Joe Kelly.
The loss dampened the Dodgers debut of Hanley Ramirez. The All-Star infielder, acquired the previous night from Miami, tripled on the first pitch he saw with his new team. He went 2 for 4 with a walk, scoring once and hitting the RBI single in sixth that made it 2-2.
Cardinals reliever Fernando Salas (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first victory in more than a year.
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BRAVES 7, MARLINS 1
In Miami, Juan Francisco homered and drove in three runs for Atlanta in the win over Miami.
Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward also homered for the Braves, to back Tommy Hanson (11-5), who pitched around a career-high seven walks and allowed one run in five innings.
Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (8-9) gave up six runs in 5 1-3 innings, dropping to 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA against the Braves this season.
A Marlins Park-record crowd of 36,711 watched the home team steal seven bases, the most in the major leagues this season.
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PADRES 6, GIANTS 3
In San Francisco, Jesus Guzman hit two home runs and Chase Headley had one as San Diego avoided a three-game sweep by San Francisco.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum (4-11) was quickly hooked after he allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Padres starter Jason Marquis (4-5) gave up one earned run in 7 1-3 innings, striking out eight and walking one.
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PIRATES 3, CUBS 2
In Pittsburgh, Kevin Correia won his career-best fifth straight start as Pittsburgh edged Chicago.
Correia (8-6) gave up four hits in six innings, helping Pittsburgh avoid getting swept at home.
Garrett Jones drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the sixth.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (5-5) allowed three runs in six innings. His ERA, which had been a major league-leading 2.11, rose to 2.25.
Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan recorded his 29th save in 32 chances.
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REDS 5, ASTROS 3
In Houston, Drew Stubbs delivered another huge hit in the ninth inning; a two-out, two-run double that rallied Cincinnati past Houston and to its season-high seventh straight win.
Stubbs came through with the Reds trailing 3-2. A night earlier, he hit a two-run homer in the ninth that wiped out the Astros' one-run lead. Both of Stubbs' hits came against former teammate Francisco Cordero (3-7).
The NL Central leaders sent Houston to its ninth straight loss, tying a season worst.
Xavier Paul opened the Cincinnati ninth with a double off Cordero and Brandon Phillips drew a one-out walk. Stubbs' double allowed Paul and Phillips to score. Jay Bruce added an insurance run with an RBI single.
Reds reliever Sean Marshall (3-3) got the last out in the eighth for the win.
Cordero has blown both of his save opportunities since joining the Astros from Toronto on Friday.
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PHILLIES 7, BREWERS 6, 10 innings
In Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th innings as Philadelphia rallied in its last at-bat for the fourth straight day, edging Milwaukee and completing its first three-game sweep of the season.
John Mayberry Jr. walked with one out in the 10th against Francisco Rodriguez (2-6). Eric Kratz followed with a double. Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly to tie it. Rollins hit an RBI single.
The Phillies have won four straight, including three walkoff wins.
Rollins also had the winning hit in the 12th against San Francisco on Sunday. The Phillies scored four runs off Rodriguez in the ninth in a 7-6 win Monday, and six in the eighth in a 7-6 win Tuesday.
The Brewers lost their sixth straight _ all on the road.
Philadelphia's Michael Schwimer (2-1) allowed an unearned run in the 10th, but earned the win.
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ROCKIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
In Phoenix, Jeff Francis pitched 6 1-3 strong innings, steering Colorado past Arizona and avoiding a three-game sweep.
Francis (3-2) allowed two runs and one walk in his longest outing of the season.
Wilin Rosario hit a two-run homer for the Rockies.
The Diamondbacks overall winning streak ended at five games while its home streak ended at eight games.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (8-9) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing four runs.


Updated : 2021-10-17 11:31 GMT+08:00