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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."
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 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|
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|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||5||4||4||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Bryce Harper, CF-RF||2||0||0||2||1||1||0||.250|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||2||1||2||2||1||2||.276|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||.270|
|Michael Morse, LF||5||1||1||1||0||1||5||.297|
|Roger Bernadina, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Jayson Werth, RF||5||0||3||2||0||1||0||.305|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Espinosa, SS||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.244|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.215|
|Stephen Strasburg, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.316|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tyler Moore, PH-LF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.296|
|a-doubled for Mattheus in the 9th|
|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|
|Stephen Strasburg (W,13-5)||6||1||1||1||4||6||0||2.90|
|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|
|Stephen Drew, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.211|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.294|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.280|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.301|
|Justin Upton, RF||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||.271|
|a- John McDonald, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Miguel Montero, C||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.281|
|b- Wil Nieves, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.285|
|Gerardo Parra, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.275|
|Trevor Cahill, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.102|
|Matt Albers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ryan Wheeler, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.182|
|Mike Zagurski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Upton in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Montero in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Saito in the 8th|
|2B - Jason Kubel (24, Stammen)|
|RBI - Chris Johnson (58)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson (30)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Stephen Drew (4, Throwing)|
|Trevor Cahill (L,9-10)||6||6||4||4||3||4||2||3.85|
|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|
|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|