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Nats stomp D-Backs for 7th straight win

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PHOENIX -- Stephen Strasburg relinquished control and found his command Friday night.

The right-hander allowed one hit over six innings and Ryan Zimmerman homered to help the Washington Nationals rout the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.

Strasburg (13-5) had been dealing with slight soreness in his mid-back from sleeping awkwardly a couple of starts ago. The stiffness was exacerbated Friday when the game was delayed for nine minutes when Miguel Montero fouled a pitch off home plate umpire Dale Scott's mask, forcing the crew chief from the game.

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"I got a little stiff standing out there," Strasburg said. "It happens. I just wanted to go out there and grind through it."

Strasburg pitched into trouble for the first time all game, walking Montero after already having walked Justin Upton. Chris Johnson followed with a sharp single to left for Arizona's lone run.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson took the blame for not pulling Strasburg into the dugout during the delay.

"It really affected him," Johnson said. "We should have known it was going to take 10 minutes and I left him standing out there. My coaches did, too, so I blame them, too."

But Strasburg regained his command by focusing less on his control, struck out the side looking in the fifth and retiring the final seven hitters he faced.

"I just wanted to out there and let it rip and that's when I got my command back," he said.

Strasburg struck out six, issued four walks and threw 58 of his 104 pitches for strikes en route to his second career one-hit outing.

"When he mixes in his changeup, there's no chance," Johnson said.

Strasburg raised his season innings total to 133 1/3, just under 27 fewer than the 160-inning cap the Nationals have planned for him in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.

Michael Morse homered, Steve Lombardozzi had a career-high four hits and scored three runs and Bryce Harper added two sacrifice flies for the Nationals, who remained 4 1-2 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.

"It's starting to get more exciting," Lombardozzi said.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (9-10) went six innings, allowing four runs, six hits and three walks while striking out four.

"They made me work and it was one of those nights I couldn't put anyone away," Cahill said.

The Diamondbacks have lost five of seven.

Lombardozzi tripled and scored on Harper's first sacrifice fly to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the third.

Johnson tied the game in the fourth but Washington took the lead for good in the fifth when Lombardozzi singled with one out and Zimmerman homered a dozen rows into the stands in left to put the Nationals ahead 3-1.

"We just didn't have a lot of energy to overcome that tonight," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Morse led off the sixth with his homer, a 446-foot shot onto the concourse above the wall in center field. Lombardozzi singled again in the seventh and scored on a throwing error for his third run of the game.

Washington added four runs in the ninth off Mike Zagurski, the Diamondbacks' fourth pitcher. The last two runs scored on a double by Jayson Werth.

Notes

  • Johnson said Harper will get Saturday off and return for the series finale Sunday.
  • Johnson has 17 RBI in 11 games with Arizona.
  • Strasburg's four walks were his most since a four-walk, three-inning start June 30 at Atlanta.
  • Montero's fourth-inning at-bat was an adventure. One pitch before fouling the ball off Scott's mask, he lost his grip on his bat and it flew into the stands, striking a fan in her abdomen. She was OK and later returned the bat.
  • Scott immediately spun and dropped to a knee after he was hit before slowly leaving the field under his own power. C.B. Bucknor came in from third base to replace Scott.
  • Johnson is 3 for 5 with three RBI in his career against Strasburg.
  • Morse's home run extended his suddenly shortened hitting streak to eight games. Morse had an 18-game streak before a scoring change made Friday afternoon turned his lone hit Aug. 2 to an error.
  • Before the game, the Diamondbacks placed RHP Josh Collmenter on the 15-day DL because of ulcers and recalled RHP Brad Bergesen from Triple-A Reno. Collmenter is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 22 games, including nine starts.
 
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Washington ace Stephen Strasburg gives up just one hit over six frames as his infamous innings count reaches 133 1/3.  (AP)
Washington ace Stephen Strasburg gives up just one hit over six frames as his infamous innings count reaches 133 1/3. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

S. Lombardozzi
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Washington

S. Strasburg
IP 6.0
H 1
ER 1
BB 4
K 6
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B5440000 .269
Bryce Harper, CF-RF2002110 .250
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3212212 .276
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111100 .270
Michael Morse, LF5111015 .297
    Roger Bernadina, CF0000000 .287
Jayson Werth, RF5032010 .305
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
Danny Espinosa, SS4000112 .244
Kurt Suzuki, C4000012 .215
Stephen Strasburg, P3000001 .316
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
   a- Tyler Moore, PH-LF1110000 .296
Totals36911856  
a-doubled for Mattheus in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (24, Zagurski), Jayson Werth 2 (8, Cahill, Zagurski), Tyler Moore (6, Zagurski)
3B - Stephen Lombardozzi (3, Cahill)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (16, Cahill), Michael Morse (11, Cahill)
SF - Bryce Harper 2 (3)
RBI - Bryce Harper 2 (32), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (62), Adam LaRoche (74), Michael Morse (38), Jayson Werth 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (25), Jayson Werth 2 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Strasburg (W,13-5) 6111460 2.90
Sean Burnett 1000010 1.81
Ryan Mattheus 1000010 2.72
Craig Stammen 1200000 2.29
Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 104-58, Sean Burnett 9-6, Ryan Mattheus 12-9, Craig Stammen 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 7-5, Sean Burnett 2-0, Ryan Mattheus 1-1, Craig Stammen 2-1
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 23, Sean Burnett 3, Ryan Mattheus 3, Craig Stammen 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS3000110 .211
Aaron Hill, 2B4000021 .294
Jason Kubel, LF4010010 .280
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4000001 .301
Justin Upton, RF2100110 .271
   a- John McDonald, PH1010000 .260
Miguel Montero, C1000200 .281
   b- Wil Nieves, PH1000000 .308
Chris Johnson, 3B4011013 .285
Gerardo Parra, CF3000002 .275
Trevor Cahill, P2000010 .102
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Wheeler, PH1000010 .182
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
Totals3013148  
a-singled for Upton in the 9th
b-grounded out for Montero in the 9th
c-struck out for Saito in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (24, Stammen)
RBI - Chris Johnson (58)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson (30)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Stephen Drew (4, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,9-10) 6644342 3.85
Matt Albers 1110100 2.09
Takashi Saito 1000010 3.86
Mike Zagurski 1444110 6.18
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 105-66, Matt Albers 18-9, Takashi Saito 16-12, Mike Zagurski 38-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 13-1, Matt Albers 2-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 27, Matt Albers 5, Takashi Saito 3, Mike Zagurski 8
Game Information
Attendance - 29362
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor