Strasburg strikes out 11, Nationals hold off Braves 5-4

ATLANTA (AP) The Washington Nationals are in obvious need of a momentum-changing win as they approach the end of May. Much closer to last place than first in the NL East.

Adam Eaton hopes overpowering performances by Stephen Strasburg and closer Sean Doolittle will start that turnaround.

Strasburg matched his season high with 11 strikeouts in seven innings and the Nationals took the lead on three straight walks to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Tuesday night.

''It was a great team win, something we can build on,'' said Eaton, who drew the first of back-to-back, bases-loaded walks in Washington's three-run sixth.

Howie Kendrick had three hits, including his ninth homer , and scored two runs for Washington. Trea Turner also had three hits.

Braves rookie Austin Riley's two-run homer off Kyle Barraclough in the eighth cut Washington's lead to 5-4. Riley had three hits. His sixth homer in his 13th game cleared the center field wall.

Doolittle protected the one-run lead in the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances. Dansby Swanson singled with two outs before Doolittle struck out Freddie Freeman . It was his third strikeout of the inning and 16th of the game by Washington pitchers.

''A great win,'' Eaton said. ''We needed that bad. I'm pretty fired up about it.''

Strasburg (5-3) gave up an RBI single to Nick Markakis in Atlanta's two-run fourth but otherwise faced no trouble. He struck out two Atlanta batters in each of the first three innings and gave up only five hits and two runs.

''Stephen Strasburg set the tone,'' said Washington manager Dave Martinez. ''Another great outing by him. He was awesome.''

Atlanta led 2-1 through five innings before back-to-back doubles by Kendrick and Kurt Suzuki to open the sixth tied the game.

Max Fried (7-3) hit Victor Robles with a pitch and issued two walks in Washington's three-run sixth. Fried, who gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings, left the game after walking Eaton with the bases loaded, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead.

Anthony Swarzak, making his Atlanta debut after he was acquired from Seattle on May 20, walked Anthony Rendon to force in another run.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez will come off the 10-day injured list to start Wednesday night. Sanchez is returning from a left hamstring injury. He has had no setbacks and was confirmed as the starter following the game. Martinez waited until a final update on Sanchez, who tested the hamstring by running on Tuesday, before officially announcing plans for the second game of the series.

Braves: There is no word on when OF Ender Inciarte will start baseball activities in his rehab from a lumbar strain. Inciarte was placed on the 10-day IL on May 15 and has missed 13 games.

PICKOFF ARTIST

Fried's pickoff move produced two outs. Fried threw to second to pick off Turner in the first. After Eaton was grazed by a pitch from Fried in the fifth, the left-hander's pickoff to first fooled Eaton, who reacted too late. ''For a team like Washington that likes to run, I felt he did a very good job of controlling their running game,'' said Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson.

STREAKING

Juan Soto led off the fourth with a single up the middle for a 12-game hitting streak. Soto advanced to second on Suzuki's single and scored on a two-out single by Robles. Rendon had three walks and has reached base in 15 consecutive games.

FINALLY WE MEET

It was the season's first meeting of the NL East rivals. This was the latest the teams have opened their season series since 2005 - the Nationals' first year. ''It seems like we've played the Mets every other day,'' Martinez said. ''It's kind of weird.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: Sanchez (0-6, 5.10) will look for his first win in his 10th start of the season. He is 5-11 with a 4.99 ERA in 18 career starts against the Braves.

Braves: LHP Kevin Gausman (2-3, 4.33) is 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA in six career starts against Washington.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2019 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
WAS23-32
0001031005110
ATL30-25
000200020480
  • W: S. Strasburg (5-3)L: M. Fried (7-3)S: S. Doolittle (10)
  • HR: WAS - H. Kendrick (9), ATL - A. Riley (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40300100.269.319.433.7526.0
A. Eaton RF20010103.270.342.386.7283.0
A. Rendon 3B20010312.318.424.6551.0793.5
J. Soto LF41100114.286.386.506.8922.5
H. Kendrick 1B52311014.320.359.586.9459.5
K. Suzuki C51210001.271.317.469.7865.0
B. Dozier 2B50000024.205.295.352.647-1.0
V. Robles CF41110010.242.321.430.7513.5
S. Strasburg P30100014.120.185.160.3450.5
a- M. Taylor PH10000010.232.306.321.628-0.5
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF50100021.275.364.473.8382.0
D. Swanson SS50100032.260.317.475.792-0.5
F. Freeman 1B41000022.311.402.566.9681.0
J. Donaldson 3B42200011.266.384.458.8424.5
N. Markakis RF40110031.281.374.427.8020.5
A. Riley LF41321010.365.400.7501.1508.5
B. McCann C20010101.284.352.432.7842.0
C. Culberson PR0000-000.381.386.643.000-
T. Flowers C00000000.268.330.474.8040.0
O. Albies 2B30000121.263.322.415.7380.0
M. Fried P20000013.105.150.158.308-0.5
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH00000100.250.357.458.8151.0
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Camargo PH10000010.208.257.321.577-0.5
  • a-walked for Swarzak in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Tomlin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Kendrick (7), K. Suzuki (4)
  • HR - H. Kendrick (9)
  • SH - A. Eaton (3)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (15), A. Rendon (32), H. Kendrick (29), K. Suzuki (18), V. Robles (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton (5), A. Rendon (14), V. Robles (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon 2 (2), J. Soto 4 (4), H. Kendrick 3 (3), B. Dozier, S. Strasburg 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (13)
  • HR - A. Riley (6)
  • SF - B. McCann (5)
  • RBI - N. Markakis (28), A. Riley 2 (16), B. McCann (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Riley 2 (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson, F. Freeman, J. Donaldson, B. McCann, O. Albies, M. Fried 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (7)
  • Picked Off - T. Turner, A. Eaton
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)7.052221103.190.9927.5
K. Barraclough (H, 7)1.02221215.481.78-1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 10)1.01000303.521.3910.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)7.0
K. Barraclough (H, 7)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 10)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (L, 7-3)5.29443503.191.21-3.5
A. Swarzak1.11111114.501.390.5
J. Blevins0.21002106.002.17-2.5
J. Tomlin1.10000104.501.083.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (L, 7-3)5.2
A. Swarzak1.1
J. Blevins0.2
J. Tomlin1.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Strasburg (2)
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 103-66, K. Barraclough 26-16, S. Doolittle 23-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-7, K. Barraclough 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, K. Barraclough 6, S. Doolittle 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Blevins
  • HBP - M. Fried 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 88-53, A. Swarzak 29-14, J. Blevins 17-9, J. Tomlin 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 4-6, A. Swarzak 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 29, A. Swarzak 6, J. Blevins 5, J. Tomlin 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
123456789RHE
WAS23-32
0001031005110
ATL30-25
000200020480
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40300100.269.319.433.7526.0
A. Eaton RF20010103.270.342.386.7283.0
A. Rendon 3B20010312.318.424.6551.0793.5
J. Soto LF41100114.286.386.506.8922.5
H. Kendrick 1B52311014.320.359.586.9459.5
K. Suzuki C51210001.271.317.469.7865.0
B. Dozier 2B50000024.205.295.352.647-1.0
V. Robles CF41110010.242.321.430.7513.5
S. Strasburg P30100014.120.185.160.3450.5
a- M. Taylor PH10000010.232.306.321.628-0.5
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total35511516822-----
  • a-struck out for Strasburg in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF50100021.275.364.473.8382.0
D. Swanson SS50100032.260.317.475.792-0.5
F. Freeman 1B41000022.311.402.566.9681.0
J. Donaldson 3B42200011.266.384.458.8424.5
N. Markakis RF40110031.281.374.427.8020.5
A. Riley LF41321010.365.400.7501.1508.5
B. McCann C20010101.284.352.432.7842.0
C. Culberson PR0000-000.381.386.643.000-
T. Flowers C00000000.268.330.474.8040.0
O. Albies 2B30000121.263.322.415.7380.0
M. Fried P20000013.105.150.158.308-0.5
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH00000100.250.357.458.8151.0
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Camargo PH10000010.208.257.321.577-0.5
Total34484131612-----
  • a-walked for Swarzak in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Tomlin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Kendrick (7), K. Suzuki (4)
  • HR - H. Kendrick (9)
  • SH - A. Eaton (3)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (15), A. Rendon (32), H. Kendrick (29), K. Suzuki (18), V. Robles (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton (5), A. Rendon (14), V. Robles (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon 2 (2), J. Soto 4 (4), H. Kendrick 3 (3), B. Dozier, S. Strasburg 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (13)
  • HR - A. Riley (6)
  • SF - B. McCann (5)
  • RBI - N. Markakis (28), A. Riley 2 (16), B. McCann (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Riley 2 (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson, F. Freeman, J. Donaldson, B. McCann, O. Albies, M. Fried 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (7)
  • Picked Off - T. Turner, A. Eaton
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)7.052221103.190.9927.5
K. Barraclough (H, 7)1.02221215.481.78-1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 10)1.01000303.521.3910.5
Total9.08443161---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 5-3)7.0
K. Barraclough (H, 7)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (L, 7-3)5.29443503.191.21-3.5
A. Swarzak1.11111114.501.390.5
J. Blevins0.21002106.002.17-2.5
J. Tomlin1.10000104.501.083.5
Total9.01155681---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (L, 7-3)5.2
A. Swarzak1.1
J. Blevins0.2
J. Tomlin1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Strasburg (2)
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 103-66, K. Barraclough 26-16, S. Doolittle 23-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-7, K. Barraclough 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, K. Barraclough 6, S. Doolittle 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Blevins
  • HBP - M. Fried 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 88-53, A. Swarzak 29-14, J. Blevins 17-9, J. Tomlin 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 4-6, A. Swarzak 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 29, A. Swarzak 6, J. Blevins 5, J. Tomlin 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Riley homered to center, Donaldson scored54
  • 7TH INNING
    Kendrick homered to right center52
  • 6TH INNING
    Rendon walked, Robles scored, Turner to third, Eaton to second42
    Eaton walked, Suzuki scored, Robles to third, Turner to second32
    Suzuki doubled to shallow right, Kendrick scored22
  • 4TH INNING
    McCann hit sacrifice fly to right, Donaldson scored, Markakis to third, Riley to second12
    Markakis singled to center, Freeman scored, Donaldson to second11
    Robles singled to left, Soto scored, Suzuki to third, Robles to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tyler Flowers catching
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to left
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to center
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • Johan Camargo hit for Josh Tomlin
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Camargo struck out on foul tip
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swanson singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jerry Blevins pitching
    • Michael Taylor hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner reached on an infield single to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner stole second, Strike swinging, Eaton flied out to right, Turner to third
    • A. Rendon: Rendon intentionally walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Rendon to second
    • Josh Tomlin relieved Jerry Blevins
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson doubled to deep left
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Riley homered to center, Donaldson scored
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
    • Charlie Culberson ran for Brian McCann
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Swarzak Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick homered to right center
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dozier flied out to left
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Robles fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies lined out to center
    • Matt Joyce hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Joyce walked
    • R. Acuna: Acuna flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kendrick doubled to deep left
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki doubled to shallow right, Kendrick scored
    • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third, Suzuki to third
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Robles hit by pitch
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Strasburg struck out bunting foul
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Robles to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton walked, Suzuki scored, Robles to third, Turner to second
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Max Fried
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked, Robles scored, Turner to third, Eaton to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • A. Riley: Riley singled to left
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner flied out to center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton hit by pitch
    • A. Rendon: Eaton out at first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman popped out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Soto singled to center
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to left, Soto to second
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles singled to left, Soto scored, Suzuki to third, Robles to second
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strasburg grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freeman hit by pitch
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Donaldson singled to shallow right, Freeman to third
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis singled to center, Freeman scored, Donaldson to second
    • A. Riley: Riley singled to shallow center, Donaldson to third, Markakis to second
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann hit sacrifice fly to right, Donaldson scored, Markakis to third, Riley to second
    • O. Albies: Albies intentionally walked
    • M. Fried: Ball, Foul, Ball, Fried lined out to third
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles lined out to center
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strasburg singled to right center
    • Tr. Turner: Turner singled to center, Strasburg to second
    • A. Eaton: Eaton fouled out to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Rendon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • M. Fried: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Fried struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Foul, Soto lined out to third
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick singled to center
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki popped out to third
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Riley struck out looking
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann popped out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner singled to left
    • A. Eaton: Eaton hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Turner out at second, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna singled to left
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Acuna stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)