Strasburg Ks 11 in 8 innings as Nationals beat Marlins 5-0

MIAMI (AP) Stephen Strasburg walked off the field after a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and when his manager and teammates lined up in the dugout to punctuate his performance with a round of handshakes, he ignored them and made a beeline down the steps toward the clubhouse tunnel.

Strasburg wanted to keep pitching against the Miami Marlins. And who can blame him?

The right-hander dominated his favorite foil Sunday, striking out 11 and allowing two hits to help the Washington Nationals avert a series sweep with a 5-0 victory.

Ryan Zimmerman hit two solo home runs, and Brian Dozier also had a solo homer.

Manager Dave Martinez decided eight innings and 104 pitches were enough for Strasburg, and followed him into the tunnel to tell him so.

''He wanted to go back out,'' Martinez said with a chuckle. ''I went down there with him and said, `Great job.' He said, `OK.'''

Said the taciturn Strasburg: ''I'm going to go as long as I can until he takes the ball out of my hands. It's that simple.''

Strasburg (2-1) improved to 18-7 in 32 career starts versus the Marlins. He has won his past nine decisions against them, and has more victories over Miami than against any other team.

With his longest outing this season, Strasburg reached double digits in strikeouts for the 41st time, and the first time this year, while lowering his ERA from 5.56 to 4.11.

He helped the Nationals bounce back after losing the first two games of the series against a team with the worst record in the majors.

''He was really, really good,'' Martinez said. ''An unbelievable pick-me-up.''

The retractable roof was open at Marlins Park, a rarity for a day game, and Zimmerman said the mix of sun and shadows in the infield made hitting a challenge.

''It's awful,'' he said. ''I don't understand why you would play a game like that if you don't have to. ... Close the roof.''

The Marlins were shut out for the sixth time, and manager Don Mattingly blamed Strasburg rather than the shadows.

''He got his breaking ball over all day long,'' Mattingly said. ''I thought he had pretty much everything working.''

Miami loaded the bases in the ninth thanks to two walks and an infield single before Sean Doolittle retired Miguel Rojas to complete a three-hitter.

Washington won without slugger Anthony Rendon, who sat out after being hit by a pitch on the left elbow Saturday.

Trevor Richards (0-3) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and was a bit unlucky. Homers by Zimmermanand Dozier were pulled down the left field line and barely cleared the fence.

Zimmerman's second homer in the ninth also had just enough distance, giving him 999 career RBIs. The homers were his second and third this year, and his average rose to .203.

The Marlins (6-16) came up short in a bid for their first series sweep since September 2017.

''Everyone says, `This team is going to lose this many games,''' Zimmerman said. ''But they're a big league team with some talented young kids. You have to go there and play good baseball, or they're going to beat you. I hate when people say that about big league teams.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rendon's elbow was heavily taped, but Martinez said he is optimistic his third baseman won't need to go on the injured list. An X-ray revealed no fracture. ... Nationals RHP Max Scherzer was checked by the trainer after dodging a foul ball in the dugout, and Martinez said his ace appeared to be fine.

ONE-HUNDRED CLUB

Less than 24 hours after beating Scherzer , the Marlins were back in their old rut offensively.

Lewis Brinson went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .179. He is in a 1-for-27 slump with 16 strikeouts, leaving him in danger of a demotion to the minors.

''You're always looking at your roster and seeing what makes us better right now, and what's best for guys,'' Mattingly said. ''You're always looking to make your club a little bit better.''

Curtis Granderson struck out swinging four times, and his average fell to .155.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 2.63) is scheduled to pitch to start a three-game series Monday at Colorado.

Marlins: Begin a six-game trip Tuesday at Cleveland, where RHP Pablo Lopez (1-3, 5.85) pitches against RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 7.41).

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  • W: S. Strasburg (2-1)L: T. Richards (0-3)
  • HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman 2 (3), B. Dozier (3)
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J. Soto LF30000122.236.375.431.8060.0
H. Kendrick 3B30010011.407.486.8521.3380.5
R. Zimmerman 1B42222021.203.304.390.69411.0
K. Suzuki C41200010.273.324.485.8092.5
B. Dozier 2B31111120.177.239.339.5786.0
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  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 9th
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C. Granderson LF40000040.155.261.328.588-2.0
M. Prado 3B40000010.326.370.395.765-0.5
B. Anderson RF30100110.244.352.372.7231.5
N. Walker 1B20100200.203.292.359.6513.0
S. Castro 2B30100105.247.304.329.6342.0
M. Rojas SS40000015.300.358.400.758-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Suzuki
  • HR - R. Zimmerman 2 (3), B. Dozier (3)
  • SF - H. Kendrick (2)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (8), R. Zimmerman 2 (11), B. Dozier (3), W. Difo (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (8), W. Difo (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), V. Robles, H. Kendrick, R. Zimmerman
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 2 (2), M. Rojas 4 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Suzuki
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Dozier-Zimmerman)
  • PB - K. Suzuki (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Castro-Rojas-Walker)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 2-1)8.020021104.111.0835.5
K. Barraclough0.20002201.231.64-1.0
S. Doolittle0.11000000.901.40-1.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 2-1)8.0
K. Barraclough0.2
S. Doolittle0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 0-3)6.16332723.721.248.5
J. Garcia1.20000200.000.004.0
T. Kinley0.12221112.131.26-4.5
W. Chen0.210001016.432.87-0.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 0-3)6.1
J. Garcia1.2
T. Kinley0.1
W. Chen0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 104-67, K. Barraclough 23-11, S. Doolittle 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 9-3
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, K. Barraclough 4, S. Doolittle 2
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Richards
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 100-66, J. Garcia 8-8, T. Kinley 16-8, W. Chen 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-7, J. Garcia 2-0, W. Chen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 26, J. Garcia 4, T. Kinley 4, W. Chen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF51200012.317.391.402.7942.5
V. Robles CF40100001.286.333.529.8621.0
J. Soto LF30000122.236.375.431.8060.0
H. Kendrick 3B30010011.407.486.8521.3380.5
R. Zimmerman 1B42222021.203.304.390.69411.0
K. Suzuki C41200010.273.324.485.8092.5
B. Dozier 2B31111120.177.239.339.5786.0
S. Strasburg P20000110.111.200.222.4220.5
a- M. Adams PH10000012.233.226.533.759-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 9th
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C. Granderson LF40000040.155.261.328.588-2.0
M. Prado 3B40000010.326.370.395.765-0.5
B. Anderson RF30100110.244.352.372.7231.5
N. Walker 1B20100200.203.292.359.6513.0
S. Castro 2B30100105.247.304.329.6342.0
M. Rojas SS40000015.300.358.400.758-0.5
C. Wallach C30000010.292.414.458.872-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Suzuki
  • HR - R. Zimmerman 2 (3), B. Dozier (3)
  • SF - H. Kendrick (2)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (8), R. Zimmerman 2 (11), B. Dozier (3), W. Difo (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (8), W. Difo (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), V. Robles, H. Kendrick, R. Zimmerman
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 2 (2), M. Rojas 4 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Suzuki
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Dozier-Zimmerman)
  • PB - K. Suzuki (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Castro-Rojas-Walker)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 2-1)8.020021104.111.0835.5
K. Barraclough0.20002201.231.64-1.0
S. Doolittle0.11000000.901.40-1.0
Total9.03004130---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 2-1)8.0
K. Barraclough0.2
S. Doolittle0.1
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 0-3)6.16332723.721.248.5
J. Garcia1.20000200.000.004.0
T. Kinley0.12221112.131.26-4.5
W. Chen0.210001016.432.87-0.5
Total9.09553113---
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 0-3)6.1
J. Garcia1.2
T. Kinley0.1
W. Chen0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 104-67, K. Barraclough 23-11, S. Doolittle 9-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 9-3
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, K. Barraclough 4, S. Doolittle 2
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Richards
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 100-66, J. Garcia 8-8, T. Kinley 16-8, W. Chen 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-7, J. Garcia 2-0, W. Chen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 26, J. Garcia 4, T. Kinley 4, W. Chen 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Difo singled to shallow center, Suzuki scored, Dozier to second50
    Zimmerman homered to left40
  • 7TH INNING
    Dozier homered to left30
  • 6TH INNING
    Kendrick hit sacrifice fly to center, Eaton scored, Robles to third20
  • 4TH INNING
    Zimmerman homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tyler Kinley pitching
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman homered to left
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki doubled to left
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
    • Matt Adams hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • Wei-Yin Chen relieved Tyler Kinley
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Difo singled to shallow center, Suzuki scored, Dozier to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton grounded into fielder's choice to second, Difo out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Prado struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker walked, Anderson to second
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro safe at first on 3rd baseman Kendrick fielding error, Anderson to third, Walker to second
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rojas flied out to right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Robles grounded bunt out to first
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wallach grounded out to third
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Brinson flied out to right
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Jarlin Garcia
    • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Dozier homered to left
    • S. Strasburg: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strasburg walked
    • Jarlin Garcia relieved Trevor Richards
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to shortstop, Strasburg out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
    • M. Rojas: Rojas grounded out to second, Castro out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Eaton singled to shallow center
    • V. Robles: Pickoff attempt, Robles reached on bunt single to first, Eaton to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Eaton to third, Robles to second on wild pitch, Kendrick hit sacrifice fly to center, Eaton scored, Robles to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • M. Prado: Ball, Prado grounded out to second
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • S. Strasburg: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strasburg struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wallach struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • T. Richards: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Richards struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Soto flied out to deep center
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick popped out to shortstop
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman homered to left
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Suzuki popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Walker singled to shallow right
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to second, Walker to second
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strasburg grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Difo popped out to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Foul, Eaton singled to right
    • V. Robles: Robles grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • T. Richards: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Richards struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Prado lined out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Wallach: Wallach grounded out to third
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Brinson struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton grounded out to pitcher
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Robles flied out to left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson singled to left
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Walker walked, Anderson to second
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Anderson to third on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)