Harper homers, Strasburg whiffs 11 as Nats top Pirates 9-3

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals' new leadoff hitter was it again Wednesday night.

Bryce Harper homered in the first inning and drove in three runs, Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 and Washington beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 for its fourth straight victory.

''We'll let it ride and see what happens,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of the new lineup. ''The boys are doing well. Like I said, (Harper's) getting pitched to a little bit now and he's swinging the bat really well.''

Matt Adams clubbed his third homer in two games for Washington. Strasburg (3-3) allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits in seven innings.

Batting first for the second straight game, Harper sent a pitch from Ivan Nova (2-2) into the second deck in right-center for his 10th homer this season and second in two nights.

It was Harper's first career leadoff home run.

Adams followed one out later with a shot just beyond the reach of Corey Dickerson in left field.

Washington pounded out 14 hits - three by Howie Kendrick - and went 6 for 19 (.316) with runners in scoring position.

''Everybody swung the bat well. One through nine, everybody contributed,'' Harper said.

Harper doubled and scored in the third, drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the fourth and singled home a run in the fifth before grounding out in the seventh.

Francisco Cervelli homered for Pittsburgh, which will try to avoid a series sweep on Thursday.

''We haven't executed the way we need to. They've hit the mistakes we've made,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We had opportunities in two innings today to push and we needed a hit. We needed a ball in the gap a couple different times. Could have changed the entire direction of the game.''

Nova left after 5 2/3 innings. He gave up eight runs, five earned, and 11 hits.

The Pirates' half of the first inning featured two replay reviews, one that led to a run.

With runners on first and second, Josh Bell hit into a fielder's choice but Hurdle challenged the play at second. Upon review, it was ruled that shortstop Trea Turner's foot was off the bag when he caught the throw.

With the bases loaded, Dickerson grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice, with Bell out at second. Hurdle challenged the play at second again, but the out call was upheld.

Strasburg expressed frustration with the back-to-back reviews, but then spoke to plate umpire Eric Cooper.

''I apologized to him and he has nothing to do with it, but I just thought it was pretty ridiculous altogether,'' Strasburg said. ''Is that what baseball's come to?''

QUOTABLE

Hurdle when asked if RHP Joe Musgrove's pending return sends a message to his other starters: ''It can. There's nothing wrong with saying, `pitch better.' I think sometimes we're so concerned about being politically correct. ... Let's just be correct. When you're correct you don't have to worry about being politically correct.''

APRIL POWERS

Washington RHP Max Scherzer was selected National League pitcher of the month for April. He went 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 57 strikeouts against nine walks.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Hurdle said Musgrove (shoulder strain) is slated to make his second rehab start Sunday. The plan is for him to throw four innings or 65 pitches for Double-A Altoona.

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy (offseason right knee surgery) said he is experiencing discomfort when he runs. ''He's frustrated,'' Martinez said. ''He can do everything but run.'' ... 3B Anthony Rendon (bruised toe) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday. Martinez said Rendon will play one or two games with Class A Potomac.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (4-1, 2.29 ERA) makes his first career start against the Nationals. He's 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three road starts this season.

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 4.11) is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA and .187 opponents' batting average in five starts against the Pirates.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (3-3)L: I. Nova (2-2)
  • HR: PIT - F. Cervelli (5), WAS - B. Harper (10), M. Adams (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Polanco RF42200000.204.310.435.7455.0
S. Brault P00000000.200.200.200.4000.0
S. Marte CF30200110.286.366.437.8031.5
J. Bell 1B30000103.237.305.331.6361.0
C. Dickerson LF40220012.318.359.533.8925.5
F. Cervelli C41111025.310.388.595.9835.0
D. Freese 3B40100010.262.347.452.7990.5
J. Mercer SS40000011.238.286.337.622-0.5
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a- A. Frazier PH-RF20100010.244.289.308.5970.5
  • a-struck out for Crick in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Harper RF52331002.268.464.5981.06214.0
T. Turner SS50100014.282.378.379.7570.5
M. Adams 1B32221210.316.426.6841.11110.5
H. Kendrick 2B52300003.300.328.509.8376.0
M. Taylor CF51100025.213.280.361.6413.0
A. Stevenson LF51110025.333.348.429.7762.0
P. Severino C31100121.250.355.288.6432.0
S. Strasburg P20000013.154.267.154.421-0.5
a- M. Sierra PH10000010.200.224.244.469-0.5
T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Torres P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Difo 3B40210002.266.359.354.7134.0
  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Polanco (7)
  • HR - F. Cervelli (5)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (20), F. Cervelli (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (2), H. Kendrick (11), W. Difo (4)
  • HR - B. Harper (10), M. Adams (6)
  • SH - S. Strasburg (3)
  • RBI - B. Harper 3 (25), M. Adams 2 (15), A. Stevenson (6), W. Difo (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (6), A. Stevenson (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Dickerson (3)
  • CS - S. Marte (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Harper (4), M. Taylor (10)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Moroff
FIELDING
  • E - T. Turner (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 2-2)4.211852524.011.22-8.5
K. Crick1.12110202.451.091.0
S. Brault2.01001304.651.325.5
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 2-2)4.2
K. Crick1.1
S. Brault2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 3-3)7.073211113.471.0526.5
T. Gott1.01001003.601.101.0
C. Torres1.01000106.351.242.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 3-3)7.0
T. Gott1.0
C. Torres1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - I. Nova
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 94-59, K. Crick 28-18, S. Brault 30-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 8-2, S. Brault 1-2
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 28, K. Crick 6, S. Brault 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 104-69, T. Gott 18-9, C. Torres 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 5-5, T. Gott 1-1, C. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, T. Gott 4, C. Torres 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Polanco RF42200000.204.310.435.7455.0
S. Brault P00000000.200.200.200.4000.0
S. Marte CF30200110.286.366.437.8031.5
J. Bell 1B30000103.237.305.331.6361.0
C. Dickerson LF40220012.318.359.533.8925.5
F. Cervelli C41111025.310.388.595.9835.0
D. Freese 3B40100010.262.347.452.7990.5
J. Mercer SS40000011.238.286.337.622-0.5
I. Nova P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Crick in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Harper RF52331002.268.464.5981.06214.0
T. Turner SS50100014.282.378.379.7570.5
M. Adams 1B32221210.316.426.6841.11110.5
H. Kendrick 2B52300003.300.328.509.8376.0
M. Taylor CF51100025.213.280.361.6413.0
A. Stevenson LF51110025.333.348.429.7762.0
P. Severino C31100121.250.355.288.6432.0
S. Strasburg P20000013.154.267.154.421-0.5
a- M. Sierra PH10000010.200.224.244.469-0.5
T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Polanco (7)
  • HR - F. Cervelli (5)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (20), F. Cervelli (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (2), H. Kendrick (11), W. Difo (4)
  • HR - B. Harper (10), M. Adams (6)
  • SH - S. Strasburg (3)
  • RBI - B. Harper 3 (25), M. Adams 2 (15), A. Stevenson (6), W. Difo (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (6), A. Stevenson (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Dickerson (3)
  • CS - S. Marte (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Harper (4), M. Taylor (10)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Moroff
FIELDING
  • E - T. Turner (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 2-2)4.211852524.011.22-8.5
K. Crick1.12110202.451.091.0
S. Brault2.01001304.651.325.5
Total8.014963102---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 2-2)4.2
K. Crick1.1
S. Brault2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 3-3)7.073211113.471.0526.5
T. Gott1.01001003.601.101.0
C. Torres1.01000106.351.242.5
Total9.09322121---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 3-3)7.0
T. Gott1.0
C. Torres1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - I. Nova
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 94-59, K. Crick 28-18, S. Brault 30-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 8-2, S. Brault 1-2
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 28, K. Crick 6, S. Brault 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 104-69, T. Gott 18-9, C. Torres 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 5-5, T. Gott 1-1, C. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, T. Gott 4, C. Torres 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Stevenson singled to right, Kendrick scored39
    Cervelli homered to right center38
  • 5TH INNING
    Harper singled to right center, Stevenson scored, Difo to second28
    Difo reached on fielder's choice to second, Taylor scored, Stevenson to third, Severino out at second27
    Stevenson safe at first on 2nd baseman Moroff fielding error, Adams and Kendrick scored, Taylor to third, Stevenson to second26
  • 4TH INNING
    Harper reached on fielder's choice to second, Severino scored, Difo out at second24
  • 3RD INNING
    Adams singled to right, Harper scored, Turner to second23
    Dickerson singled to left, Polanco scored, Bell to second22
  • 1ST INNING
    Adams homered to left12
    Harper homered to right center11
    Dickerson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Polanco scored, Marte to third, Bell out at second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carlos Torres relieved Trevor Gott
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese lined out to first
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to center
    • M. Moroff: Strike swinging, Frazier to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Trevor Gott pitching
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte walked
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell grounded into double play third to second to first, Marte out at second
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Dickerson singled to center
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cervelli lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams walked
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick flied out to right
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Adam Frazier hit for Kyle Crick
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • M. Moroff: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Steven Brault pitching
    • Moises Sierra hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sierra struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Difo doubled to deep right center
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to second, Difo to third
    • T. Turner: Strike (foul tip), Turner flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli homered to right center
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Crick Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Kendrick doubled to deep right center
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor popped out to second
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Stevenson singled to right, Kendrick scored
    • P. Severino: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco popped out to second
    • S. Marte: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams walked
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick singled to shallow right, Adams to second
    • M. Taylor: Taylor singled to left, Adams to third, Kendrick to second
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Stevenson safe at first on 2nd baseman Moroff fielding error, Adams and Kendrick scored, Taylor to third, Stevenson to second
    • P. Severino: Severino intentionally walked
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Strasburg struck out on foul tip
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Difo reached on fielder's choice to second, Taylor scored, Stevenson to third, Severino out at second
    • B. Harper: Harper singled to right center, Stevenson scored, Difo to second
    • Kyle Crick relieved Ivan Nova
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Freese singled to center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mercer popped out to pitcher
    • I. Nova: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nova struck out looking
    • M. Moroff: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Severino singled to left
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strasburg hit sacrifice bunt to first, Severino to second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Difo singled to left, Severino to third
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper reached on fielder's choice to second, Severino scored, Difo out at second
    • T. Turner: Foul, Strike looking, Harper stole second, Turner grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Harper out at third
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco doubled to deep right
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to right center, Polanco to third
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Marte caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson singled to left, Polanco scored, Bell to second
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Harper doubled to deep right
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner reached on bunt single to second, Harper to third
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams singled to right, Harper scored, Turner to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kendrick flied out to center
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. Stevenson: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Mercer lined out to center
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Nova grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
    • S. Strasburg: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moroff fouled out to left
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to left, Polanco to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell reached on fielder's choice to second, Polanco to third, Marte to second on shortstop Turner fielding error
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Dickerson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Polanco scored, Marte to third, Bell out at second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Dickerson stole second, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harper homered to right center
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Adams homered to left
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick singled to left
    • M. Taylor: Taylor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kendrick out at second
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Taylor stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Stevenson grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)