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cke allowed six runs on 10 hits and struck out six

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WASHINGTON -- By the time Stephen Strasburg reached back and threw a 96 mph fastball for a strikeout to end the top of the seventh with his 106th pitch, his usual first-inning struggles seemed long ago -- and his day seemed over. Milwaukee Bucks Store . When the next inning rolled around Wednesday, though, Nationals manager Matt Williams sent Strasburg to the mound to face the top of the Dodgers order in what would become a 3-2 victory for Washington, the first time this season the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft pitched into the eighth. "Hes our horse," Williams said, indicating hed like to keep his ace in deep into games more often. "We dont want to do that every time," Williams added. "But in a game like today, hes got the lead and (you) want to show confidence in him that were willing to send him back out there to protect that lead." Said Strasburg, who improved to 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA: "Thats the position I want to be in." After waiting through a rain delay of more than 1 1/2 hours to throw his first pitch, the righty did what hes done all season: laboured to get the first three outs, then been fairly dominant. This time, he gave up four consecutive singles, including run-scoring hits by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig, during a 28-pitch first as Los Angeles went ahead 2-0. "Ive been trying not to go out there and give up a crooked number early," Strasburg said. "But you can give up one or two early and just keep it close and give your guys a chance to get back into the ballgame or get the lead." Hes allowed eight earned runs in his eight first innings in 2014, a 9.00 ERA. From the second inning on, its 2.29. "Hes as good as anybody on any given day. Weve also seen that anybody can get beat on any given day," Williams said. "We want to get him to that point where he can finish that eighth inning, too. Thats important for him." In all, Strasburg allowed two runs and seven hits -- all singles -- in 7 1-3 innings. He faced the minimum three batters in each of the second through fifth innings, and threw a total of 114 pitches. In the sixth, he put two men on, but got Andre Ethier on a grounder for the third out. In the eighth, Strasburg also put two on, then was replaced by lefty Jerry Blevins, who got Gonzalez to pop out in foul territory. Righty Tyler Clippard then came in to retire Puig, who missed the two previous games after crashing into an outfield fence. Rafael Soriano threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save in seven chances. Adam LaRoches two-run single off the top of the wall in right off Dan Haren (4-1), who was with the Nationals in 2013, tied the game in the bottom of the first. Washington edged ahead on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth from Wilson Ramos, playing his first game since opening day. Ramos earlier had a double on the first pitch hed faced in the majors since March 31, when he broke a bone in his left wrist against the Mets. He sat out 32 games. "Didnt take him long, did it? He pounded that ball," said LaRoche, who is hampered running the bases and on defence at first base by a left quad muscle problem. Ramos return is a boost for the Nationals. Theyre also eager to have right-hander Doug Fister come off the disabled list Friday to face the Oakland Athletics in his first start of the season. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have lost four of their past six games. "Were definitely," Haren said, "not playing to our potential." NOTES: Washington optioned 1B-OF Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the roster for Fister. ... After a day off, the Nationals open a three-game series at Oakland on Friday, with Fister on a pitch limit of about 100 while facing LHP Tommy Milone (0-3, 5.86). ... Los Angeles returns home to open a four-game series against San Francisco on Thursday, with Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett (0-1, 3.14) facing Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 4.60). Wholesale Bucks Jerseys . PETERSBURG, Fla. Milwaukee Bucks Pro Shop . The Raptors have been outscored 88-66 in the opening quarter over a three-game span to begin the month of February. Their most recent loss, 109-101 in Sacramento on Wednesday, was eerily similar to Saturdays defeat at the hands of the Trail Blazers. https://www.cheapbucksonline.com/ . The (35-35-10) Jets have 80 points and are also playing .500 hockey on home ice this season with a 17-17-6 record. Michael Hutchinson will start his second straight game in goal.DENVER -- Nolan Arenado wanted to put his benching behind him. He did it with one of his best games of the season. Arenado rebounded with three hits, including a home run, and the Colorado Rockies routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Saturday night. Tyler Matzek pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings. Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who have won three straight. It was a bounce-back performance for Arenado, removed from Fridays game when he didnt hustle down the line on a grounder to the pitcher in the fourth inning. Arenado met with manager Walt Weiss before Saturdays game and said he agreed with the decision. "Nolan had a great game. Weve all seen him do those things before," Weiss said. "He was impressive tonight to go back out there and have the game that he did. Hes a special player." The 2013 Gold Glove winner took out any frustration he might have had on Pirates starter Jeff Locke. Arenado singled in the third and fifth and then hit a solo home run in the seventh, his eighth of the year. "Obviously, its hard to end on a day like yesterday," he said. "Today was a good day. I was able to make my plays, get a couple of knocks and help the team win, because yesterday I showed I wasnt a team player. Im happy today I was able to help them out." Dickerson added a two-out solo homer to chase Locke (2-2). That was more than enough for Matzek (2-4), who continued a recent string of strong starts for Colorado. The Rockies rotation had allowed 13 earned runs in its last 44 innings entering Saturday, and Matzek added to that with seven shutout innings to get his first win since his major league debut against Atlanta on June 11. Colorados starters have a 2.29 ERA since the All-Star break. "Weve got a little bit of a roll going here," Matzek said. "Theres a good energy going on in the locker room and it starts with the starting pitchers." Stubbs made it 2-0 with a leadoff homer in the fourth, his 11th, but rolled his right foot on the swing. He played the field in the top of the fifth but kknew he couldnt continue. Cheap Bucks Jerseys. . "I had to grit my teeth to get around the bases. Walking felt fine, but whenever I jogged onto the field to play the top half of the fifth, coming off the field I knew I needed to shut it down," Stubbs said. "I think what Ive got is a mild foot sprain, not too serious, but pretty uncomfortable." Colorado added two more in the fifth on Arenados second run-scoring single and Dickersons bases-loaded groundout. "Theyve pitched it better than us. Theyve hit it better than us. Theyve fielded it better than us the last two nights," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. Matzek made it hold up with the strongest start of his brief career. He pitched around a leadoff double in the fourth, and a double play got him out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh. Josh Rutledge added a two-run single in the eighth -- his third hit of the night -- to make it 8-0. Ike Davis denied Colorado its first shutout at Coors Field this season with a one-out homer in the ninth. The Pirates came into Coors Field having won six of eight, but theyve struggled against the Rockies. Theyve managed just two runs in the first two games in Denver, while Colorado has scored 16. Locke allowed six runs on 10 hits and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings. "I was just not 100 per cent sharp," he said. "Its a good hitting team. It just goes to show if they could pitch like they hit here, they wouldnt be 15 1/2 back, thats for sure." NOTES: Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki (left hip flexor strain) flew to Philadelphia to be examined by a specialist. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup due to a swollen right ankle. He rolled his ankle at home before arriving at Coors Field on Saturday. ... Hurdle said RHP Gerrit Cole (right lat strain), who is scheduled to throw about 80 pitches in his first rehab start Monday for Triple-A Indianapolis, will make a second rehab start to get his pitch count up to 100. ... Pittsburgh 3B Pedro Alvarez (sore left knee) was not in the starting lineup for the fourth straight game. ' ' '

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