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Nats fall to Giants, Strasburg exits second with apparent injury

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Nats fall to Giants, Strasburg exits second with apparent injury

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg exited after two innings because of tightness in his right shoulder, and the San Francisco Giants rapped eight extra-base hits to beat Washington 9-5 Friday night.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Strasburg also had some inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Strasburg will have an MRI on Saturday, and there is no timetable for his next outing.

Strasburg (6-6) gave up three runs and five hits.

Andrew McCutchen and Gorkys Hernandez homered for San Francisco. The Giants squandered most of an early 5-0 lead and led 6-5 before Pablo Sandoval, pinch-hitter Evan Longoria and Hunter Pence drove in runs in the seventh.

McCutchen's solo home run in the first inning was his third in five games and he later singled. The Giants got 15 hits, including Brandon Crawford's two doubles.

Reyes Moronta (2-0) got two outs for the win.

Rookie Juan Soto hit a two-run homer, his third in 17 games, in the Washington fourth. Bryce Harper's two-run single in the fifth pulled the Nationals within 6-4.

Staked to the early lead, Giants rookie Andrew Suarez couldn't finish the fifth and was lifted in favor of Moronta after Harper's hit. Suarez allowed four runs on six hits in his ninth start.

Matt Adams' pinch-hit single in the sixth pulled Washington within 6-5.

In the second inning, the first four Giants went double-single-double-single off Strasburg, with Alan Hanson and Hunter Pence driving in runs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (right elbow inflammation) and RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder tightness) threw bullpen sessions. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Samardzija will throw one more bullpen and then throw to hitters or make a rehab start. Cueto said he would like to throw two more bullpens and then a batting practice.

Nationals: OF Adam Eaton (left ankle surgery) is close to being activated. He went through a full pregame workout with the team and could be in Saturday's lineup. . 2B Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) continues his rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg. "We want to get him comfortable playing maybe three or four games in a row, so we'll just see," manager Dave Martinez said.

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Giants: Rookie RHP Dereck Rodriguez (1-0, 1.93) makes his second major league start. Rodriguez is the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who finished his playing career with the Nationals.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-2, 2.27) is 5-5 with a 3.21 ERA in 13 career starts against the Giants.

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.

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RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.

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Nationals' Jeremy Hellickson exits game after collision

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Nationals' Jeremy Hellickson exits game after collision

Washington Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was removed from Wednesday night's game in St. Louis in the fifth inning after colliding with Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader at the plate.

Hellickson was covering home after a wild pitch. He stumbled over Bader as Bader slid home safely.

Hellickson was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits in his 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.