Strasburg strikes out 14 as Nationals defeat Marlins 3-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Once again, the Miami Marlins brought out the best in Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

The right-hander struck out 14 in 7 1/3 shutout innings and extended his personal winning streak against Miami to 11 as the Nationals continued their midseason surge with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday.

''He was utilizing his fastball both sides of the plate, but his changeup was really good and he threw some good curveballs,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''When he can throw the ball the way he wants, he is nasty.''

Brian Dozier and Matt Adams homered for Washington, which has won seven of its last eight and is 25-10 since May 24. The Nationals improved to 44-41, the first time they've been three games over .500 this season.

Strasburg (10-4) allowed two hits and two walks and didn't allow a man past first until the eighth. He is 20-7 with a 2.86 ERA in 34 career starts against the Marlins, and his 11 consecutive wins against them is tied with Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw's dominance of San Diego as the longest active winning streak in the majors against one team.

He earned his first three strikeouts on changeups, then effectively mixed pitches throughout the night to baffle Miami's hitters.

''I felt like my changeup has kind of gotten away from me,'' Strasburg said. ''I just tried to get back to basics, and it seemed to be much better tonight.''

Strasburg's gem included the first immaculate inning of his career. Strasburg needed just nine pitches to strike out Garrett Cooper, Neil Walker and Starlin Castro in the fourth.

''You didn't see a lot of guys coming back feeling like they had pitches to hit,'' Miami manager Don Mattingly said. ''Guys coming back, when they go check it, basically (said) `He's hitting corners and basically giving you nothing to hit.' He was really good tonight.''

Fernando Rodney induced a double-play grounder to escape a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, and Sean Doolittle gave up a run in the ninth but stranded the bases loaded for his 19th save in 22 tries.

Miami's Sandy Alcantara (4-8), making his first start since earning an All-Star nod Sunday, matched Strasburg for five innings. But he hung a two-out, 0-2 slider to Dozier, who deposited it over the left field fence for a two-run homer in the sixth. Alcantara allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

''I think I had a pretty good game,'' said Alcantara, who lost to Washington for the second time in a week. ''I just missed a spot with my pitch and they hit a homer.''

Dozier's blast extended Washington's home run streak to 17 consecutive games, the longest in a half-century franchise history that includes the team's time in Montreal.

Adams added a solo shot in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: OF Brian Anderson (elbow contusion) was out of the lineup and struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Mattingly said Anderson, who left Tuesday's game in the second inning, was having trouble throwing. ''We're hoping a couple days (helps),'' Mattingly said. ''There's nothing structurally going on there. It's more him banging that nerve.''

Nationals: Washington placed RHP Max Scherzer on the paternity list and recalled INF Adrian Sanchez from Double-A Harrisburg. Scherzer, who earlier in the day was named the National League's pitcher of the month for June, is expected to make his scheduled start Saturday. Sanchez is hitting .330 with six homers and 24 RBIs at Harrisburg and is 4 for 17 in 16 games with Washington.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (1-2, 4.07 ERA), who was 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in six appearances against Washington in 2018, faces the Nationals for the first time this year as the three-game series concludes.

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 3.82), who is 4-0 with a 2.29 ERA in six starts since coming off the injured list in late May, gets the nod for Washington's annual late-morning Independence Day game.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (10-4)L: S. Alcantara (4-8)S: S. Doolittle (19)
  • HR: WAS - B. Dozier (13), M. Adams (13)
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S. Castro 2B40100030.231.261.312.573-0.5
C. Granderson LF30000030.188.269.361.630-1.5
J. Alfaro C10100000.259.307.421.7291.0
J. Riddle CF30000113.193.233.404.6370.5
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  • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Chen in the 9th
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T. Turner SS40200020.282.336.482.8192.0
A. Eaton RF40000002.275.359.377.7360.0
A. Rendon 3B30100100.307.394.6171.0122.0
J. Soto LF31100102.301.407.551.9595.0
M. Adams 1B31111112.244.278.538.8166.5
B. Dozier 2B31221102.234.314.441.75510.0
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    BATTING
    • RBI - C. Puello (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Puello (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez, N. Walker, S. Alcantara, Y. Rivera 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Turner (15), B. Dozier (15)
    • HR - M. Adams (13), B. Dozier (13)
    • RBI - M. Adams (36), B. Dozier 2 (31)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Adams (23), B. Dozier 2 (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), V. Robles, Y. Gomes 5 (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Soto (6)
    • CS - V. Robles (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Castro-Rojas-Cooper; Castro-Rojas-Cooper)
    • E - M. Rojas (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Turner-Dozier-Adams)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Alcantara (L, 4-8)5.24224513.821.402.5
    J. Garcia1.11000103.421.102.5
    W. Chen1.02111018.181.70-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Alcantara (L, 4-8)5.2
    J. Garcia1.1
    W. Chen1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Strasburg (W, 10-4)7.120021403.641.0434.0
    F. Rodney (H, 1)0.21000007.942.00-1.0
    S. Doolittle (S, 19)1.03110203.251.367.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Strasburg (W, 10-4)7.1
    F. Rodney (H, 1)0.2
    S. Doolittle (S, 19)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - W. Chen (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 108-71, J. Garcia 23-17, W. Chen 21-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 7-5, W. Chen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 25, J. Garcia 4, W. Chen 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Strasburg (6), S. Doolittle (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 110-80, F. Rodney 5-3, S. Doolittle 33-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 8-0, F. Rodney 1-0, S. Doolittle 1-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, F. Rodney 2, S. Doolittle 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Rojas SS40200020.297.357.367.7241.0
    H. Ramirez RF-LF40000014.298.333.386.719-0.5
    G. Cooper 1B30000110.310.377.474.8510.5
    N. Walker 3B41100011.272.347.416.7631.5
    S. Castro 2B40100030.231.261.312.573-0.5
    C. Granderson LF30000030.188.269.361.630-1.5
    J. Alfaro C10100000.259.307.421.7291.0
    J. Riddle CF30000113.193.233.404.6370.5
    B. Holaday C20100000.311.404.489.8932.0
    C. Puello PR-RF00010000.313.436.516.9522.0
    S. Alcantara P20000021.179.233.214.448-1.0
    J. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- B. Anderson PH10000012.253.337.425.762-0.5
    W. Chen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- Y. Rivera PH10000013.143.200.179.379-0.5
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    • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Chen in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Turner SS40200020.282.336.482.8192.0
    A. Eaton RF40000002.275.359.377.7360.0
    A. Rendon 3B30100100.307.394.6171.0122.0
    J. Soto LF31100102.301.407.551.9595.0
    M. Adams 1B31111112.244.278.538.8166.5
    B. Dozier 2B31221102.234.314.441.75510.0
    V. Robles CF20000114.242.315.433.7480.5
    Y. Gomes C40000015.211.297.304.601-0.5
    S. Strasburg P30000010.079.146.105.252-0.5
    F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      BATTING
      • RBI - C. Puello (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Puello (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez, N. Walker, S. Alcantara, Y. Rivera 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Turner (15), B. Dozier (15)
      • HR - M. Adams (13), B. Dozier (13)
      • RBI - M. Adams (36), B. Dozier 2 (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Adams (23), B. Dozier 2 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), V. Robles, Y. Gomes 5 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Soto (6)
      • CS - V. Robles (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Castro-Rojas-Cooper; Castro-Rojas-Cooper)
      • E - M. Rojas (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Turner-Dozier-Adams)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Alcantara (L, 4-8)5.24224513.821.402.5
      J. Garcia1.11000103.421.102.5
      W. Chen1.02111018.181.70-1.0
      Total8.0733562---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Alcantara (L, 4-8)5.2
      J. Garcia1.1
      W. Chen1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Strasburg (W, 10-4)7.120021403.641.0434.0
      F. Rodney (H, 1)0.21000007.942.00-1.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 19)1.03110203.251.367.0
      Total9.06112160---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Strasburg (W, 10-4)7.1
      F. Rodney (H, 1)0.2
      S. Doolittle (S, 19)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - W. Chen (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 108-71, J. Garcia 23-17, W. Chen 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 7-5, W. Chen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 25, J. Garcia 4, W. Chen 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Strasburg (6), S. Doolittle (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 110-80, F. Rodney 5-3, S. Doolittle 33-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 8-0, F. Rodney 1-0, S. Doolittle 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, F. Rodney 2, S. Doolittle 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Puello hit by pitch, Walker scored, Castro to third, Alfaro to second13
      • 8TH INNING
        Adams homered to right center03
      • 6TH INNING
        Dozier homered to left center, Soto scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Fernando Rodney
        • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cooper grounded out to second
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Walker singled to left
        • S. Castro: Castro singled to center, Walker to second
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alfaro singled to center, Walker to third, Castro to second
        • J. Riddle: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
        • C. Puello: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Puello hit by pitch, Walker scored, Castro to third, Alfaro to second
        • Yadiel Rivera hit for Wei-Yin Chen
        • Y. Rivera: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Riddle walked
        • B. Holaday: Foul, Ball, Holaday hit by pitch, Riddle to second
        • Cesar Puello ran for Bryan Holaday
        • Brian Anderson hit for Jarlin Garcia
        • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Stephen Strasburg
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas singled to left center, Riddle to third, Puello to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rojas out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jorge Alfaro catching
        • Wei-Yin Chen pitching
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Rendon singled to center
        • J. Soto: Soto grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rendon out at second
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams homered to right center
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Ball, Robles hit by pitch, Dozier to second
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gomes flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Walker grounded out to first
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Granderson struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomes popped out to first
        • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Strasburg struck out swinging
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner singled to left
        • A. Eaton: Eaton popped bunt out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Rojas struck out on foul tip
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • G. Cooper: Cooper grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Soto singled to center
        • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging, Soto stole second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier homered to left center, Soto scored
        • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robles walked
        • Jarlin Garcia relieved Sandy Alcantara
        • Y. Gomes: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Robles caught stealing second, pitcher to first to second
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Riddle grounded out to first
        • B. Holaday: Holaday singled to center
        • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cooper struck out looking
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Soto flied out to left
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adams walked, Rendon to second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rendon to third, Adams to second on shortstop Rojas fielding error
        • V. Robles: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
        • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • B. Holaday: Foul, Holaday grounded out to third
        • S. Alcantara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
        • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Foul, Rojas singled to center
        • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Gomes popped out to second
        • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strasburg grounded out to second
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner doubled to deep center
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto walked
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adams grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Soto out at second
        • B. Dozier: Dozier doubled to deep right
        • V. Robles: Foul, Robles popped out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • G. Cooper: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cooper walked
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Walker grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • A. Eaton: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Eaton flied out to left
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)