Strasburg ends scoreless streak, but Nats beat Dodgers 7-1

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals qualified for the playoffs in three of the previous five years, yet injuries have limited Stephen Strasburg to just one postseason start in that span. Left largely without the All-Star right-hander, Washington lost the opening series each time.

If Strasburg keeps up his current level, postseason failures may become a thing of the past.

Strasburg ended his club-record scoreless streak at 35 innings, but two home runs from Ryan Zimmerman helped the NL Cy Young Award contender win his fourth consecutive start as Washington beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 on Sunday night.

Strasburg (14-4) allowed a run in the second inning on Logan Forsythe's double, the first against him since Aug. 19. He struck out eight and combined with three relievers to toss a five-hitter.

''Stras' was awesome,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.

The Nationals avoided a three-game sweep against the NL front-runners. Their slumbering offense came alive on Zimmerman's three-run shot in the sixth off reliever Ross Stripling (3-5), and Zimmerman and pinch-hitter Adam Lind homered in the eighth.

Los Angeles had lost 11 in a row and 16 of 17 before ripping off four consecutive wins, including the first two games this series. The Dodgers magic number to clinch the NL West dropped to four when second-place Arizona lost at San Francisco.

They dropped the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS in Washington last October with Strasburg sidelined after partially tearing the pronator tendon in his throwing arm.

''He pitched well. He competed,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Strasburg. ''Really couldn't create much stress towards him or on him.''

The Dodgers ended the series six games ahead of Washington in the race to secure home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

''Two very good ballclubs. Very similar, very balanced,'' Roberts continued. ''I know they have the same respect for us as we do them.''

The Nationals would likely concede home-field if it means having Strasburg, whose only postseason start came in 2014.

Strasburg had two outs in the second before the streak ended. With Yasiel Puig on third base, Forsythe hit a drive deep to left-center field. Michael Taylor raced into the gap, caught up with the flight path and put his glove on the ball, but couldn't catch it. Puig easily scored for a 1-0 lead.

During the streak, Strasburg allowed 19 hits, walked five and had 42 strikeouts.

''It was going to happen eventually,'' Strasburg said of the streak ending. ''So, just tried to minimize the damage.''

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI double in the seventh for Washington, which had lost four of five.

Zimmerman's solo homer in the eighth matched his career high of 33 long balls.

Following a walk and single against Stripling, Zimmerman powered a drive deep to center field for a 3-1 lead.

''I challenged Zimmerman with a slider and it ended up being up-middle and, obviously, he got a hold of it,'' Stripling said.

Washington scored only two earned runs over the first 23 innings of the series before Zimmerman's first homer.

''We were getting shutout. Having trouble scoring runs. That was a big home run,'' Baker said.

Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings but was removed after walking back-to-back batters with two outs in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: OF Bryce Harper took batting practice outdoors for the first time since hyperextending his left knee on Aug. 12. The slugger impressed with his power display. The timeline for his return remains unclear, but he's hoping to be back when Washington begins play in the NLDS on Oct. 6.

PINCH ME

Lind's two-run drive, his fourth pinch-hit homer of the season, set a Nationals single-season record.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Los Angeles opens a four-game series at Philadelphia. LHP Clayton Kershaw (17-3, 2.12 ERA) and Phillies RHP Nick Pivetta (5-10, 6.75) meet in Monday's matchup.

Nationals: Following a day off Monday, RHP Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.59) starts a three-game set at Atlanta against Braves LHP Luiz Gohara (1-1, 6.30)

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  • W: S. Strasburg (14-4)L: R. Stripling (3-5)
  • HR: WAS - A. Lind (12), R. Zimmerman 2 (33)
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C. Seager SS30100010.303.383.488.8711.5
J. Turner 3B30100101.323.416.535.9514.0
C. Bellinger 1B40000014.273.357.606.962-0.5
Y. Puig RF41100013.262.345.485.8303.5
C. Granderson LF20000111.206.321.439.7602.5
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Y. Grandal C30100112.244.304.444.7471.5
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c- A. Gonzalez PH10000002.240.283.338.6210.0
  • a-struck out for Granderson in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Stripling in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Ravin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40000110.279.331.440.7710.5
J. Werth RF31000102.235.333.404.7372.0
A. Rendon 3B31110110.304.403.540.9434.5
D. Murphy 2B41200001.318.379.538.9173.0
R. Zimmerman 1B42342011.301.356.561.91714.5
H. Kendrick LF40100001.321.375.479.8531.0
M. Taylor CF40000022.268.314.478.792-1.0
M. Wieters C31000112.226.285.343.6271.5
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  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 7th
  • b-homered for Madson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Forsythe (17)
  • RBI - L. Forsythe (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Forsythe (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (38)
  • HR - R. Zimmerman 2 (33), A. Lind (12)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (94), R. Zimmerman 4 (99), A. Lind 2 (50)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (34), A. Lind 2 (17)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Turner (7), Y. Puig (15), C. Granderson (6)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Werth (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu4.23002503.461.339.5
R. Stripling (L, 3-5)1.12331113.581.17-7.5
W. Buehler1.011112012.462.081.0
J. Ravin1.02331026.481.26-3.0
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu4.2
R. Stripling (L, 3-5)1.1
W. Buehler1.0
J. Ravin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 14-4)6.03113802.601.0325.0
B. Kintzler (H, 10)1.00000102.741.133.5
R. Madson (H, 22)1.01000101.790.762.5
S. Doolittle1.01001102.660.871.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 14-4)6.0
B. Kintzler (H, 10)1.0
R. Madson (H, 22)1.0
S. Doolittle1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Buehler
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 98-56, R. Stripling 30-19, W. Buehler 21-13, J. Ravin 24-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 3-6, R. Stripling 1-2, J. Ravin 1-2
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 19, R. Stripling 7, W. Buehler 5, J. Ravin 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 94-59, B. Kintzler 10-8, R. Madson 16-13, S. Doolittle 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-7, B. Kintzler 1-1, R. Madson 1-1, S. Doolittle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 25, B. Kintzler 3, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Seager SS30100010.303.383.488.8711.5
J. Turner 3B30100101.323.416.535.9514.0
C. Bellinger 1B40000014.273.357.606.962-0.5
Y. Puig RF41100013.262.345.485.8303.5
C. Granderson LF20000111.206.321.439.7602.5
a- A. Barnes PH10000010.295.417.474.891-0.5
Y. Grandal C30100112.244.304.444.7471.5
L. Forsythe 2B30110101.228.359.325.6844.0
H. Ryu P20000022.133.235.167.402-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Granderson in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Stripling in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Ravin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40000110.279.331.440.7710.5
J. Werth RF31000102.235.333.404.7372.0
A. Rendon 3B31110110.304.403.540.9434.5
D. Murphy 2B41200001.318.379.538.9173.0
R. Zimmerman 1B42342011.301.356.561.91714.5
H. Kendrick LF40100001.321.375.479.8531.0
M. Taylor CF40000022.268.314.478.792-1.0
M. Wieters C31000112.226.285.343.6271.5
S. Strasburg P10000110.143.176.265.4420.5
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- W. Difo PH10000010.278.326.384.710-0.5
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Lind PH11121000.302.357.504.8617.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 7th
  • b-homered for Madson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Forsythe (17)
  • RBI - L. Forsythe (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Forsythe (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (38)
  • HR - R. Zimmerman 2 (33), A. Lind (12)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (94), R. Zimmerman 4 (99), A. Lind 2 (50)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (34), A. Lind 2 (17)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Turner (7), Y. Puig (15), C. Granderson (6)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Werth (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu4.23002503.461.339.5
R. Stripling (L, 3-5)1.12331113.581.17-7.5
W. Buehler1.011112012.462.081.0
J. Ravin1.02331026.481.26-3.0
Total8.0877583---
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu4.2
R. Stripling (L, 3-5)1.1
W. Buehler1.0
J. Ravin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 14-4)6.03113802.601.0325.0
B. Kintzler (H, 10)1.00000102.741.133.5
R. Madson (H, 22)1.01000101.790.762.5
S. Doolittle1.01001102.660.871.5
Total9.05114110---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 14-4)6.0
B. Kintzler (H, 10)1.0
R. Madson (H, 22)1.0
S. Doolittle1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Buehler
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 98-56, R. Stripling 30-19, W. Buehler 21-13, J. Ravin 24-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 3-6, R. Stripling 1-2, J. Ravin 1-2
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 19, R. Stripling 7, W. Buehler 5, J. Ravin 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 94-59, B. Kintzler 10-8, R. Madson 16-13, S. Doolittle 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-7, B. Kintzler 1-1, R. Madson 1-1, S. Doolittle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 25, B. Kintzler 3, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Lind homered to left center, Wieters scored17
    Zimmerman homered to right15
  • 7TH INNING
    Rendon doubled to deep left, Werth scored14
  • 6TH INNING
    Zimmerman homered to right center, Rendon and Murphy scored13
  • 2ND INNING
    Forsythe doubled to deep center, Puig scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • Austin Barnes hit for Curtis Granderson
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grandal singled to left
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked, Grandal to second
    • Adrian Gonzalez hit for Josh Ravin
    • A. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first, Grandal to third, Forsythe to second
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Taylor flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Seager singled to right, Seager to second on left fielder Werth fielding error
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner flied out to shallow center
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bellinger grounded out to third, Seager to third
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Josh Ravin relieved Walker Buehler
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zimmerman homered to right
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Taylor flied out to center
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters walked
    • Adam Lind hit for Ryan Madson
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Lind homered to left center, Wieters scored
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner popped out to first
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Stephen Strasburg
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Forsythe flied out to right
    • Andre Ethier hit for Ross Stripling
    • A. Ethier: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ethier struck out swinging
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Taylor grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wilmer Difo hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • Walker Buehler pitching
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • J. Werth: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Werth walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon doubled to deep left, Werth scored
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Rendon to third on wild pitch, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bellinger popped out to third
    • Y. Puig: Puig lined out to right
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Granderson walked
    • Y. Grandal: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Granderson stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy singled to center, Rendon to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman homered to right center, Rendon and Murphy scored
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick lined out to first
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wieters grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor lined out to center
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strasburg walked
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner walked, Strasburg to second
    • Ross Stripling relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu
    • J. Werth: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Werth flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Forsythe flied out to deep right
    • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ryu struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to center
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zimmerman struck out looking
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Taylor flied out to deep right
    • C. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Seager hit by pitch
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Turner singled to left, Seager to second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Puig reached on fielder's choice to third, Turner out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Strasburg struck out on foul tip
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner popped out to shortstop
    • J. Werth: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Werth grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Puig reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Granderson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Puig stole second, Granderson lined out to pitcher
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Grandal flied out to deep right, Puig to third
    • L. Forsythe: Forsythe doubled to deep center, Puig scored
    • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ryu struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy lined out to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman singled to center
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kendrick singled to right, Zimmerman to second
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • C. Seager: Seager lined out to center
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Turner stole second, Bellinger grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner flied out to center
    • J. Werth: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Werth fouled out to first
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rendon flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)