Strasburg strikes out season-high 11, Nats top Braves 3-2

ATLANTA (AP) A strong start by Stephen Strasburg provided much-needed relief for Washington's drained bullpen. Then Koda Glover made a convincing pitch to be the Nationals' closer.

Strasburg struck out a season-high 11 and kept up his recent domination of the Atlanta Braves, leading Washington to a 3-2 win Sunday that stopped the Nationals' four-game losing streak.

''I felt like whatever I called, it was going to be good,'' catcher Jose Lobaton said.

Strasburg (5-1) allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings, his longest start of the season.

''We were hoping he'd go deep, deep, deep into the game, which he did,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.

Strasburg beat Atlanta for the second time this season and improved to 7-1 in his last nine starts against the Braves. He is 10-8 overall against Atlanta.

Glover got four outs for his third save.

''Right now he's the most durable,'' Baker said of Glover's status among closer candidates. ''He wants it and we're willing to give it to him if he keeps doing the job.''

Baker said another option, Shawn Kelley, was not available.

Strasburg reached double digits in strikeouts for the second time this season after fanning 10 Braves on April 20. Three of Strasburg's strikeouts came against Matt Adams, who made his Atlanta debut.

Adams was 0 for 4 and hit into a ninth-inning double play, a day after he was acquired from St. Louis. Matt Kemp led off the ninth with a single, and Adams hit a line drive that was caught by Ryan Zimmerman , who stepped on first base.

''I don't know if he missed a spot all day until the end,'' Snitker said of Strasburg. ''We could have had Hank (Aaron) and (Dale) Murphy in the lineup and it wouldn't have mattered today. He was that good.''

Strasburg faded in the eighth, when Dansby Swanson hit a two-run double. Glover struck out Nick Markakis to end the inning and finished the six-hitter.

Daniel Murphy hit a second-inning homer off Jaime Garcia (1-3) and the Nationals added two unearned runs in the third.

''They gave me some runs early and after that I was just trying to put together as many shut-down innings as I could,'' Strasburg said.

Washington took a 3-0 lead in the third following fielding errors by Markakis in right and Garcia. Bryce Harper had a run-scoring single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon and C Matt Wieters were given days off from the starting lineup. Rendon entered at third base in the eighth.

Braves: RHP Kris Medlen allowed one hits in six scoreless innings Saturday in his first start for Class A Florida. He missed most of 2016 with shoulder problems after his second Tommy John surgery. ''That would be a real nice piece to have,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Medlen pitched for Kansas City in 2015-16 and his last season with Atlanta was in 2013, when he was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA.

STRONG START FOR GARCIA

Though overshadowed by Strasburg, Garcia also pitched well. He allowed three runs - one earned - and seven hits in eight innings with no walks.

''He was really, really good,'' Snitker said. ''... That's the way I envision him all the time.''

SWANSON'S SURGE

Swanson moved from No. 8 to No. 2 in the Braves' lineup. Following a slow start to the season, the rookie hit .341 in his last 12 games. He had three strikeouts before his two-run double.

Baker was impressed. ''He's probably the toughest .201 hitter in the league,'' he said.

Swanson actually finished the day at .207.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Following an off day, RHP Jacob Turner (2-2) is expected to start when the Nationals will open a series against Seattle on Tuesday.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-4) will take a 0-3 career record in three starts against Pittsburgh into Monday night's series opener against the Pirates.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (5-1)L: J. Garcia (1-3)S: K. Glover (3)
  • HR: WAS - D. Murphy (9)
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    N. Markakis RF40100011.302.374.390.7641.5
    M. Kemp LF40200011.351.388.6341.0222.5
    M. Adams 1B40000033.269.316.365.681-1.5
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    • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 3B - W. Difo
    • HR - D. Murphy (9)
    • SH - S. Strasburg
    • RBI - B. Harper (37), D. Murphy (33)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Swanson (4), N. Markakis (9), M. Kemp (13), J. Garcia
    • RBI - D. Swanson 2 (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 2 (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Taylor (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Garcia, N. Markakis
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Strasburg (W, 5-1)7.252211103.280.7828.5
    K. Glover (S, 3)1.11000102.770.759.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Strasburg (W, 5-1)7.2
    K. Glover (S, 3)1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Garcia (L, 1-3)8.07310814.070.8818.0
    L. Jackson1.00000104.500.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Garcia (L, 1-3)8.0
    L. Jackson1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 118-86, K. Glover 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 7-5
    • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, K. Glover 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 101-70, L. Jackson 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 12-5
    • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 32, L. Jackson 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    R. Zimmerman 1B40100002.362.406.7241.1301.0
    D. Murphy 2B41211021.327.387.576.9626.0
    J. Werth LF40000012.287.387.457.844-0.5
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    J. Lobaton C40100001.140.196.233.4281.0
    S. Strasburg P20000011.100.100.250.350-0.5
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      D. Swanson SS40120030.207.291.317.6082.5
      N. Markakis RF40100011.302.374.390.7641.5
      M. Kemp LF40200011.351.388.6341.0222.5
      M. Adams 1B40000033.269.316.365.681-1.5
      K. Suzuki C40000001.233.360.433.7930.0
      J. Peterson 2B30000010.200.308.267.574-0.5
      R. Ruiz 3B21000110.200.273.500.7731.5
      J. Garcia P20100000.091.091.182.2732.0
      a- B. Phillips PH10000011.290.345.405.750-0.5
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      • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 3B - W. Difo
      • HR - D. Murphy (9)
      • SH - S. Strasburg
      • RBI - B. Harper (37), D. Murphy (33)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Swanson (4), N. Markakis (9), M. Kemp (13), J. Garcia
      • RBI - D. Swanson 2 (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 2 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Taylor (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Garcia, N. Markakis
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Strasburg (W, 5-1)7.252211103.280.7828.5
      K. Glover (S, 3)1.11000102.770.759.5
      Total9.06221120---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Strasburg (W, 5-1)7.2
      K. Glover (S, 3)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Garcia (L, 1-3)8.07310814.070.8818.0
      L. Jackson1.00000104.500.003.5
      Total9.0731091---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Garcia (L, 1-3)8.0
      L. Jackson1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 118-86, K. Glover 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 7-5
      • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, K. Glover 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 101-70, L. Jackson 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 12-5
      • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 32, L. Jackson 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Swanson doubled to deep right center, Ruiz and Inciarte scored32
      • 3RD INNING
        Zimmerman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Difo scored, Harper out at second30
        Harper singled to shallow center, Turner scored, Difo to third20
      • 2ND INNING
        Murphy homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • L. Jackson Pitching:
        • J. Werth: Werth popped out to second
        • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • J. Lobaton: Ball, Ball, Lobaton flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Glover Pitching:
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kemp singled to right
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Adams lined into double play first, Kemp out at first
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki popped out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • B. Harper: Ball, Harper grounded out to first
        • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to second
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • J. Peterson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte singled to shallow left, Ruiz to second
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson doubled to deep right center, Ruiz and Inciarte scored
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • J. Lobaton: Lobaton singled to center
        • S. Strasburg: Strasburg hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lobaton to second
        • T. Turner: Foul, Turner grounded out to third
        • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis doubled to deep right
        • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman singled to center
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • J. Werth: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Werth struck out looking
        • M. Taylor: Taylor lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • J. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to second
        • W. Difo: Ball, Difo grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • K. Suzuki: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peterson grounded out to first
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ruiz grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
        • J. Lobaton: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Lobaton grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Strasburg: Foul, Strasburg grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
        • M. Kemp: Ball, Kemp doubled to deep right center
        • M. Adams: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Ball, Turner safe at first on right fielder Markakis fielding error, Turner to second
        • W. Difo: Difo safe at first on Garcia fielding error, Turner to third
        • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Harper singled to shallow center, Turner scored, Difo to third
        • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Difo scored, Harper out at second
        • D. Murphy: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy singled to shallow right
        • J. Werth: Strike looking, Ball, Werth reached on fielder's choice to third, Murphy out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peterson popped out to second
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • J. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Garcia doubled to left
        • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Inciarte flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy homered to right center
        • J. Werth: Strike looking, Strike looking, Werth lined out to center
        • M. Taylor: Taylor singled to center
        • J. Lobaton: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Taylor stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lobaton grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Strasburg: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strasburg struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Kemp struck out on foul tip
        • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • K. Suzuki: Foul, Foul, Suzuki flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner lined out to shortstop
        • W. Difo: Difo tripled to deep center
        • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
        • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to second
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Foul, Markakis flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)