Stephen Strasburg lost in Washington last night despite striking out nine batters. He also allowed nine hits to the Royals, the best hitting team in the majors (surprised?), but gave up just one run.

Strasburg has not walked a batter in three of his four starts. His strikeout to walk ratio sin those games: 31:0.

Despite having pitched well in all four of his outings, the Nationals have only won one of those games. The offense scored 14 runs his first two starts, but have scored just one run over his last two. The youngster is a big draw regardless; the Nationals have welcomed 112,553 fans to home games in which Strasburg started.

He will face Tim Hudson and the Braves on Monday, 7:10 ET, on ESPN2.

Jimenez Pitches Worst Game of the Season; Rockies Win on Giambi Walk-off Homer.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched his worst game of the season a day after going home sick before Tuesday’s game. The Rockies staked Jimenez to an early 4-0 after three innings, but the Red Sox countered with two runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to give them a 6-5 lead that lasted until the ninth.

Daniel Nava, who hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat earlier this season, demonstrated once more that he can hit at the major league level with two doubles and three RBIs off the best pitcher in the majors, raising his batting average to .382. Fellow outfielder Darnell McDonald drove in two runs with a home run in the sixth inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead. Marco Scutaro singled in the remaining run in a game in which the Sawx’s 3-4-5 hitters didn’t drive in any.

Ian Stewart and Jason Giambi hit ninth inning home runs off Jonathan Paplebon to give the Rockies a 8-6 come-from-behind win.

Around the Diamond…

Kerry Wood blew his third save in eight chances after giving up a ninth inning walk-off two-run homer to Jimmy Rollins.The Phillies won 7-6. Wood’s ERA after the game: 7.98. The Marlins won their first game since Fredi Gonzalez was fired yesterday, 7-5 over the Orioles. The win moved them 6.5 games behind the first place Braves in the NL East.

Adam LaRoche drove in all five runs for the Diamondbacks, but the Yankees won the game 6-5 on a tenth inning home run by Curtis Granderson. For the Mets, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (6-0) won his sixth consecutive game after pitching eight shutout innings to beat the Tigers, 5-0; he’s had only one winning season (2003, 9-8) in his eight major league seasons, but seems to have finally mastered the knuckleball in 2010.

Chris Carpenter (9-1) had won 51 games in his first three seasons with the Cardinals, but has only posted 26 wins in the last four, including the 2010 season. He showed again yesterday that he is back after defeating the Blue Jays 1-0.

The Rangers won their tenth game in a row with a 13-3 demolition of the Pirates behind a 17-hit attack that moved them 3.5 games up on the Angels in the AL West.

Carlos Quentin led the White Sox to their eighth consecutive win with two home runs and three RBIs, giving him three home runs and six RBIs for the first two games of their series with the Braves. Mark Buehrle took the 4-2 win for the White Sox for his third consecutive victory. The White Sox are now within two games of the Tigers and 3.5 games of the first place Twins in the AL Central. They are 13-2 in their last 15 games.

Cliff Lee (6-3) scattered nine hits in a complete game win over the Cubs, 8-1. Lee continued his pinpoint control with no walks, giving him a total of four for the year paired with 76 strikeouts. He has walked a batter in only three of his 11 starts.

The Cubs are now tied for third place with the Brewers and haven’t had a winning record all season. Starter Randy Wells was 3-0 on April 30, but hasn’t won since then and is now 3-6.

With ten games left until the 81-game halfway point, Ichiro Suzuki has 98 hits, putting him on track for another 200 hit season. He has been very consistent so far with a .344 average in April, a .336 average in May, and a .333 average in June-good for a .338 average for the year.


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