Strasburg, Nationals edge Diamondbacks 2-1

PHOENIX (AP) With their star-studded lineup and pitching staff, the Washington Nationals can win in a variety of ways.

Saturday belonged to Stephen Strasburg.

The ace right-hander struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, and the Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 for their third straight victory against the NL West leaders.

Strasburg (5-3) allowed one run and five hits in Washington's sixth win in seven games. The Nationals stranded 11 baserunners, but Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run.

Sammy Solis and Shawn Kelley each got two outs before Ryan Madson finished the five-hitter for his third save. Manager Dave Martinez said he wanted to stay away from late-inning relievers Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolittle, and Strasburg and company delivered.

''It's just trusting the process and it's a roller coaster of a season,'' Strasburg said. ''I think it's just important for us to stick together when we do play these types of games and leave it all out on the field. Sometimes it's going to work out and sometimes it's not.''

Arizona dropped its season-high fourth consecutive game. The Diamondbacks also lost a series for the first time after opening with 10 wins and two ties.

''We were very proud of that. It means we came out of the gates ready to play baseball once the spring was over and it has put us in that position right now,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''I know it's a great story and something fun to follow, but I knew that something like this was probably going to happen before the year was over. Time to start a new streak.''

Harper's ringing double into the right-field corner drove in Trea Turner in the second, and the Nationals loaded the bases with one out against Troy Scribner (0-1). But Scribner struck out Andrew Stevenson and Michael A. Taylor to end the inning.

The Diamondbacks tied it at 1 with a two-out rally in the third against Strasburg, who battled mechanical issues early in the game. Paul Goldschmidt walked and scored on A.J. Pollock's double.

Washington reclaimed the lead in the fourth, loading the bases off Scribner again. Rendon's fielder's choice drove in Pedro Severino before Scribner was removed from the game.

Scribner, called up Saturday from Triple-A for the start, allowed four hits and walked six in 3 2/3 innings. He also struck out four.

The Nationals put runners on the corners with one out in the fifth, but were unable to add to their lead. Severino's bunt was hard enough to allow reliever T.J. McFarland to throw out Howie Kendrick at home plate, and Strasburg struck out.

McFarland threw three scoreless innings.

In the sixth, Harper was caught stealing and Turner was thrown out at home plate on Rendon's sharp grounder to shortstop. Then Matt Adams had a hit taken away on Steven Souza Jr.'s running catch in right field.

''We had 10 runners left on base the first five innings,'' Martinez said. ''Luckily our bullpen was phenomenal.''

Taylor ran into the wall at the 413-foot sign to flag down Pollock's deep fly ball in the bottom of the sixth.

''That's a good team over there. Good pitching staff and a great lineup, so to come in here and win three ballgames, that's huge,'' Harper said.

EJECTION EXPLANATION

Souza emphatically tossed his bat after a called third strike to end the eighth inning, and was ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings. Souza proceeded to argue with Eddings for much of the break before the top of the ninth. It was his first career ejection.

''I was tossing my bat to either walk or go to right field and the bat stuck to my hand a little bit,'' Souza said. ''The next thing, I was ejected from the ballgame.''

''I really pride myself on not crossing the line with umpires. I have never cursed at an umpire, disrespected an umpire and if I even got close I walked away because I know how hard the job is,'' Souza added.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 3B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an oblique strain. Veteran INF Mark Reynolds was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse. ... RHP Joaquin Benoit (forearm) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Diamondbacks: Pitchers Randall Delgado (oblique) and Braden Shipley (elbow) threw long toss. ... LHP Robbie Ray (oblique) threw 60 feet and could throw a bullpen session in the coming days. ... The next step for 3B Jake Lamb (shoulder) will be a rehab assignment with a minor league affiliate.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0) will take on one of his former teams on Sunday. He is winless in five starts against Arizona in his career.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (4-2) faces the Nationals. He is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA at home this season.

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S. Strasburg P30000014.105.190.105.296-0.5
W. Difo 2B10000000.267.364.376.7410.0
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    D. Descalso 3B40100020.263.353.505.8580.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B21000212.216.347.388.7362.5
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    N. Ahmed SS30100011.216.285.416.7010.5
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    J. Dyson RF10000001.174.237.326.5620.0
    • a-struck out for De La Rosa in the 4th
    • b-fouled out for McFarland in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Harper (4)
    • SH - A. Stevenson
    • RBI - B. Harper (29), A. Rendon (10)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Pollock (10)
    • SH - N. Ahmed
    • RBI - A. Pollock (33)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Pollock (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - B. Harper
    FIELDING
    • E - W. Difo (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)6.25111903.281.0325.5
    S. Solis (H, 4)0.20000104.111.430.5
    S. Kelley (H, 1)0.20001103.861.00-0.5
    R. Madson (S, 3)1.00000104.501.5010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)6.2
    S. Solis (H, 4)0.2
    S. Kelley (H, 1)0.2
    R. Madson (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Scribner (L, 0-1)3.24226404.912.73-6.0
    J. De La Rosa0.10000002.701.130.0
    T. McFarland3.03001202.101.096.0
    Y. Hirano1.00000102.500.783.5
    A. Chafin1.00000002.031.433.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Strasburg (4)
    • HBP - S. Strasburg (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 106-69, S. Solis 9-6, S. Kelley 17-9, R. Madson 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 4-7, S. Solis 1-0, R. Madson 3-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, S. Solis 2, S. Kelley 3, R. Madson 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Scribner 98-59, J. De La Rosa 4-2, T. McFarland 45-27, Y. Hirano 12-9, A. Chafin 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Scribner 4-3, J. De La Rosa 1-0, T. McFarland 4-2, Y. Hirano 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Scribner 21, J. De La Rosa, T. McFarland 12, Y. Hirano 3, A. Chafin 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Harper RF40210100.237.406.533.9394.0
    A. Rendon 3B40010104.271.361.447.8082.0
    M. Adams 1B30000203.275.394.6481.0432.0
    H. Kendrick 2B-LF40200002.294.325.469.7932.0
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    P. Severino C31100102.269.390.328.7193.0
    S. Strasburg P30000014.105.190.105.296-0.5
    W. Difo 2B10000000.267.364.376.7410.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Peralta LF40100010.300.387.515.9020.5
      D. Descalso 3B40100020.263.353.505.8580.0
      P. Goldschmidt 1B21000212.216.347.388.7362.5
      A. Pollock CF30110001.296.354.641.9954.0
      S. Souza RF40000015.120.241.120.361-0.5
      A. Chafin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      K. Marte 2B40100013.220.281.312.5930.5
      N. Ahmed SS30100011.216.285.416.7010.5
      J. Murphy C40000032.229.245.479.724-1.5
      T. Scribner P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      J. De La Rosa P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
      a- A. Avila PH10000011.136.260.227.487-0.5
      T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- C. Owings PH10000000.210.272.333.6050.0
      Y. Hirano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Dyson RF10000001.174.237.326.5620.0
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      • a-struck out for De La Rosa in the 4th
      • b-fouled out for McFarland in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Harper (4)
      • SH - A. Stevenson
      • RBI - B. Harper (29), A. Rendon (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pollock (10)
      • SH - N. Ahmed
      • RBI - A. Pollock (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Pollock (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Harper
      FIELDING
      • E - W. Difo (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)6.25111903.281.0325.5
      S. Solis (H, 4)0.20000104.111.430.5
      S. Kelley (H, 1)0.20001103.861.00-0.5
      R. Madson (S, 3)1.00000104.501.5010.5
      Total9.05112120---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)6.2
      S. Solis (H, 4)0.2
      S. Kelley (H, 1)0.2
      R. Madson (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Scribner (L, 0-1)3.24226404.912.73-6.0
      J. De La Rosa0.10000002.701.130.0
      T. McFarland3.03001202.101.096.0
      Y. Hirano1.00000102.500.783.5
      A. Chafin1.00000002.031.433.0
      Total9.0722770---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Scribner (L, 0-1)3.2
      J. De La Rosa0.1
      T. McFarland3.0
      Y. Hirano1.0
      A. Chafin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Strasburg (4)
      • HBP - S. Strasburg (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 106-69, S. Solis 9-6, S. Kelley 17-9, R. Madson 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 4-7, S. Solis 1-0, R. Madson 3-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, S. Solis 2, S. Kelley 3, R. Madson 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Scribner 98-59, J. De La Rosa 4-2, T. McFarland 45-27, Y. Hirano 12-9, A. Chafin 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Scribner 4-3, J. De La Rosa 1-0, T. McFarland 4-2, Y. Hirano 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Scribner 21, J. De La Rosa, T. McFarland 12, Y. Hirano 3, A. Chafin 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Rendon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Severino scored, Turner to third, Harper out at second21
      • 3RD INNING
        Pollock doubled to left center, Goldschmidt scored11
        Harper doubled to deep right, Turner scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jarrod Dyson in right
        • Andrew Chafin pitching
        • B. Harper: Ball, Harper fouled out to left
        • A. Rendon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon lined out to second
        • M. Adams: Adams lined out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Madson relieved Shawn Kelley
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte safe at first on 2nd baseman Difo fielding error
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ahmed hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Marte to second
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
        • J. Dyson: Strike swinging, Dyson grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Yoshihisa Hirano pitching
        • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Ball, Severino flied out to center
        • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo grounded out to second
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Solis Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Sammy Solis
        • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
        • A. Pollock: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pollock lined out to center
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. McFarland Pitching:
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kendrick popped out to third
        • A. Stevenson: Strike swinging, Stevenson grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • Chris Owings hit for T.J. McFarland
        • C. Owings: Ball, Strike looking, Owings fouled out to first
        • Wilmer Difo at second
        • Sammy Solis pitching
        • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. McFarland Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner walked
        • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Harper singled to center, Turner to third
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Harper picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Turner out at home
        • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Adams lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Pollock flied out to deep center
        • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Souza flied out to right
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Marte singled to center
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ahmed grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T.J. McFarland pitching
        • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Kendrick singled to center
        • A. Stevenson: Stevenson hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Kendrick to second
        • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Taylor singled to right, Kendrick to third
        • P. Severino: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Severino reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Kendrick out at home, Taylor to second
        • S. Strasburg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strasburg struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • D. Peralta: Foul, Peralta lined out to center
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Scribner Pitching:
        • P. Severino: Ball, Strike looking, Severino singled to left
        • S. Strasburg: Strasburg fouled out to catcher
        • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Severino to second
        • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked, Severino to third, Turner to second
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Severino scored, Turner to third, Harper out at second
        • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Troy Scribner
        • M. Adams: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Adams grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte grounded out to second
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Ahmed singled to right
        • J. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ahmed to second on wild pitch, Murphy lined out to left
        • Alex Avila hit for Jorge De La Rosa
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Scribner Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Turner singled to center
        • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Harper doubled to deep right, Turner scored
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adams walked
        • H. Kendrick: Kendrick singled to left, Harper to third, Adams to second
        • A. Stevenson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
        • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Descalso grounded out to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
        • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pollock doubled to left center, Goldschmidt scored
        • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Souza flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Scribner Pitching:
        • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
        • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Severino walked
        • S. Strasburg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • N. Ahmed: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
        • T. Scribner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Scribner struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Scribner Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Turner flied out to deep center
        • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Foul, Harper grounded out to first
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
        • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adams walked, Rendon to second
        • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta singled to center
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Descalso singled to right, Peralta to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Goldschmidt reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Peralta to third, Descalso out at second
        • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock hit by pitch, Goldschmidt to second
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Souza flied out to right
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)