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WASHINGTON -- A terrible outing might have earned Stephen Strasburg an additional start.
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"To be honest with you, I think he just is thinking too much about the decision when we're going to shut him down," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "And he kind of wore it. He didn't like it. But that's the way it is."
Strasburg, 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA, allowed two runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third, giving up six hits -- including home runs to Giancarlo Stanton and Rob Brantly. He threw 67 pitches and was pinch hit for in the third.
In his first full season following elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Sept. 3, 2010, Strasburg has 197 strikeouts in 159 1/3 innings.
"I didn't command the fastball, kept on getting behind in the counts," Strasburg said. "I wasn't able to use my other pitches effectively and they kept teeing off on me a little bit."
The Nationals, wanting to protect the arm of the 24-year-old right-hander, had said next Wednesday's start at the New York Mets likely will be his final appearance of the season, even though Washington is likely to see postseason baseball for the first time since the original Senators in 1933.
Johnson gave a cryptic answer when asked whether the short outing could prolong Strasburg's season.
"It might," Johnson said without elaborating.
Strasburg wouldn't comment on Johnson's curious answer.
"I'm going to focus on the next start," the pitcher said.
Johnson said Strasburg may be distracted by the shutdown talk.
"I can understand where he's at," he said. "And even in the conversations that I've had with him, he was having trouble sleeping, thinking about letting the guys down. So I understand his mood."
Jose Reyes tripled twice and drove in three runs for the Marlins, including a two-run triple in the 10th off Tyler Clippard (2-4) that made a winner of Chad Gaudin (3-1). Washington, which has the best record in the major leagues, lost for only the second time in 10 games.
Strasburg received a lengthy standing ovation from fans as he jogged out to the mound for what turned into a 23-pitch first inning.
Strasburg walked leadoff hitter Bryan Petersen, then got ahead of Reyes on an 0-2 count only to allow a single. Stanton singled down to third-base line to drive in a run, and Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Stanton hit his 31st homer in the third -- only the fourth two-homer game against Strasburg this season -- and Donovan Solano singled in a run for a 5-2 lead.
"Maybe we're not trying to do too much," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen about his team's recent success against one of the game's best pitchers. "We swing at strikes. We make him throw strikes the last couple of games because we're not chasing bad pitches."
Reyes tripled in a run off Zach Duke in the fourth.
"Tough game," Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "They put some good passes on the ball. There was nothing we could really do. It just felt like everything we threw up there they hit. Sometimes it goes like that."
Washington closed in the seventh on back-to-back RBI doubles by Danny Espinosa and Suzuki off Carlos Zambrano, who didn't get an out, and a run-scoring error by second baseman Donovan Solano on pinch-hitter Stephen Lombardozzi's infield single. And Michael Morse tied the score 6-6 with an eighth-inning homer off A.J. Ramos.
Reyes' second triple and Lee's second sacrifice fly built a 9-6 lead in the 10th. Morse singled in a run in the bottom half off Steve Cishek, who got his 13th save in 17 chances by striking out pinch-hitterRoger Bernadina and Jayson Werth to end the game with the bases loaded.
|Jose Reyes goes 3 for 6 with a triple and three RBI to help the Marlins get past the Nationals in 10 innings. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Bryan Petersen, LF||4||2||1||0||2||1||3||.216|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||5||2||2||0||1||1||2||.321|
|Jose Reyes, SS||6||2||3||3||0||0||0||.284|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||5||1||2||2||1||2||3||.285|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.274|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||6||1||3||0||0||2||3||.302|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.291|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rob Brantly, C||3||1||1||1||2||1||3||.265|
|Jacob Turner, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.000|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.248|
|A.J. Ramos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Donnie Murphy, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|a-doubled for Dunn in the 8th|
|2B - Giancarlo Stanton (29, Strasburg), Carlos Lee (24, Duke), Greg Dobbs (11, Strasburg), Austin Kearns (5, Mattheus)|
|3B - Jose Reyes 2 (11, Duke, Clippard)|
|HR - Giancarlo Stanton (31, Strasburg), Rob Brantly (2, Strasburg)|
|SF - Carlos Lee 2 (5)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (52), Giancarlo Stanton 2 (76), Carlos Lee 2 (65), Donovan Solano (18), Rob Brantly (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Donovan Solano (6)|
|SB - Donovan Solano 2 (7, 2nd base off Duke/Suzuki, 3rd base off Duke/Suzuki), Rob Brantly (1, 2nd base off Duke/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Donovan Solano (3, Throwing)|
|Ryan Webb (H,9)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.30|
|Mike Dunn (H,17)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.96|
|A.J. Ramos (BS,1)||1||2||1||1||0||1||1||4.50|
|Chad Gaudin (W,3-1)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.48|
|Steve Cishek (S,13)||1||3||1||1||1||3||0||2.56|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 81-47, Carlos Zambrano 6-4, Ryan Webb 3-3, Mike Dunn 9-5, A.J. Ramos 12-10, Chad Gaudin 17-10, Steve Cishek 24-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 7-8, Ryan Webb 1-0, Mike Dunn 1-0, A.J. Ramos 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 23, Carlos Zambrano 3, Ryan Webb 2, Mike Dunn 2, A.J. Ramos 5, Chad Gaudin 4, Steve Cishek 7|
|Jayson Werth, RF||5||1||1||0||1||1||4||.315|
|Bryce Harper, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.260|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||2||3||.285|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.270|
|Michael Morse, LF||5||1||2||2||0||1||2||.290|
|Ian Desmond, SS||5||1||3||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||3||3||.258|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.229|
|Stephen Strasburg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|a- Corey Brown, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Zach Duke, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Roger Bernadina, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.303|
|a-flied out for Strasburg in the 3rd|
|b-singled for Duke in the 7th|
|c-popped out for Storen in the 9th|
|d-struck out for Gonzalez in the 10th|
|2B - Adam LaRoche (28, Cishek), Ian Desmond (28, Cishek), Danny Espinosa (33, Zambrano), Kurt Suzuki (18, Zambrano)|
|3B - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Turner)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman (19, Turner), Michael Morse (13, Ramos)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (78), Michael Morse 2 (49), Danny Espinosa (51), Kurt Suzuki (32)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Bryce Harper 1|
|DP - Harper-Suzuki|
|Tyler Clippard (L,2-4)||0.2||3||3||3||1||0||0||3.19|
|IBB - Stanton by Tyler Clippard|
|Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 67-37, Zach Duke 75-44, Ryan Mattheus 19-14, Drew Storen 12-8, Tyler Clippard 21-12, Mike Gonzalez 2-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 3-4, Zach Duke 5-4, Ryan Mattheus 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 18, Zach Duke 17, Ryan Mattheus 5, Drew Storen 4, Tyler Clippard 6, Mike Gonzalez 1|
|Attendance - 28533|
|Game Time - 3:44|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Bob Davidson|