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Strasburg immaculate as surging Nationals beat Marlins 3-1

By The Associated PressJuly 4, 2019
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in 7 1/3 shutout innings, Brian Dozier and Matt Adams homered, and the Washington Nationals continued their midseason surge with a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Washington has won seven of its last eight and is 25-10 since May 24. The Nationals improved to 44-41, the first time they’ve been three games over .500 this season.

Strasburg (10-4) was, as usual, brilliant against the Marlins. He allowed two hits and two walks while extending his personal winning streak against Miami to 11. The right-hander is 20-7 with a 2.86 ERA in 34 career starts against the Marlins, who didn’t get a man past first until the eighth.

Strasburg’s gem included the first immaculate inning of his career. Strasburg needed just nine pitches to strike out Garrett Cooper, Neil Walker and Starlin Castro in the fourth.

Miami’s Sandy Alcantara (4-8), making his first start since earning an All-Star nod Sunday, allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

YANKEES 5, METS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Domingo Germán pitched six sharp innings in his return from injury, Didi Gregorius and Gio Urshela hit consecutive homers, and the Yankees beat the Mets.

Germán (10-2) allowed a run over six innings, giving up five hits and no walks. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out six and threw 80 pitches in a tidy return from a strained left hip flexor, which had sidelined him since June 8.

The AL East-leading Yankees have won 14 of 16 overall and forced a four-game split in this year’s Subway Series. The Mets haven’t won the season series since 2013.

Mets starter Jason Vargas (3-4) settled after a rocky first inning, pitching three-run ball into the sixth.

REDS 3, BREWERS 0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered for the second consecutive game and Cincinnati overcame the loss of second baseman Scooter Gennett to a groin injury, holding on for a victory over Milwaukee.

Gennett left after two at-bats because of tightness in the left side of his groin. Gennett was an All-Star last year and the Reds’ most productive hitter over the last two seasons, but he suffered a severe injury to the other side of his groin during spring training and had been sidelined until last week. He has two singles in 19 at-bats over five games.

Sonny Gray (5-5) beat the Brewers for the second time in three starts this season, matching his career high with 12 strikeouts in eight innings. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Puig connected in the second inning off Jhoulys Chacin (3-9), who hasn’t won since April. The right-hander is 0-6 in his last nine games with a 5.93 ERA. He struck out a season-high eight and allowed seven hits.

BRAVES 9, PHILLIES 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Austin Riley hit three-run homers off Nick Pivetta and Atlanta solidified its NL East lead by beating Philadelphia.

Donaldson’s homer gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Following Riley’s blast, Matt Joyce added a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in Atlanta’s six-run sixth.

Atlanta leads second-place Philadelphia by 5 ½ games after splitting the first two games of the series.

Bryce Harper hit a line-drive homer to left field in the sixth. It was his 200th career homer and 1,000th career hit. According to the Phillies, it marked the first time in major league history a player reached milestones in hits and homers on the same swing.

BLUE JAYS 6, RED SOX 3

TORONTO (AP) — Danny Jansen and Brandon Drury each hit two-run homers, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added a solo shot and Toronto beat Boston.

All three homers came off Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale (3-8), who lost for the first time in six starts. It’s the second time this season Sale has allowed three homers — he also did it in his opening day outing against Seattle on March 28.

Drury went 3 for 4 and came within a triple of the cycle. He singled in the third and doubled in the eighth.

Blue Jays right-hander Jacob Waguespack (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings for his first career win.

PIRATES 6, CUBS 5

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang scored on Corey Dickerson’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to cap a frantic rally and lift Pittsburgh over Chicago.

Josh Bell hit his 26th home of the season and fourth of the series and added a double to give him 59 extra-base hits, the most ever by a National League player before the All-Star break.

The Cubs turned to recently signed closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1) to protect a one-run lead in the ninth and the Pirates pounced.

The Pirates have won three straight and 12 of 17 to pull within one game of .500 (42-43). Richard Rodriguez (3-3) earned the win after pitching a scoreless ninth.

INDIANS 4, ROYALS 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Clevinger pitched six innings of four-hit ball, Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez went deep, and Cleveland over Kansas City.

Clevinger (2-2) struck out nine without a walk in his second start since a balky back forced him into a lengthy stay on the injured list. He struggled in his first game back but dominated the Royals on a picture-perfect night, improving to 7-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his career against them.

Danny Duffy (3-5) kept his command issues at bay long enough to last 6 2-3 innings for Kansas City. The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits, five walks and a hit batter.

ASTROS 4, ROCKIES 2

DENVER (AP) — Wade Miley tossed six strong innings and Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman homered to lead Houston over Colorado.

Miley (7-4) struck out six and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. He walked the first two Rockies he faced but settled down to get out of the inning after Ian Desmond’s RBI single. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Charlie Blackmon had two hits, including an RBI single in the seventh, for Colorado. Rookie right-hander Peter Lambert (2-1) went five innings in his first major league loss.

ORIOLES 9, RAYS 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Renato Nunez hit a three-run homer to complete a six-run ninth inning, and Baltimore held on to beat Tampa Bay.

Nunez’s 19th home run came off Jose Alvarado (0-5) after an RBI triple by Jonathan Villar. The blast put the Orioles up 9-3 before Tampa Bay tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth. Shawn Armstrong came in to get the final out with two runners on base and earn his second save.

The Rays had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Relief pitcher Mychal Givens (1-4) got his first win since Sept. 24, 2017, after lunging to tag out a sliding Kevin Kiermaier near the plate, preventing the Rays from taking a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Givens had lost 11 straight decisions.

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