September 1, 2014

Washington Nationals Game 53 Review: Strasburg, Desmond big in 9-2 win over Texas

The Washington Nationals survived a quiet start to score in every inning from the fourth through eighth and defeated the Texas Rangers 9-2 before 31,659 at Nationals Park

Stephen Strasburg gave up a pair of unearned runs in the second inning — on his own error then singles by the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, including Rangers starter Colby Lewis — but nothing more, as he cruised through six innings in total, allowing just six hits and one walk, striking out nine.

Strasburg lowered his ERA to 3.15 and evened his record at 4-4.

Meanwhile, the Nats (26-27) busted out for 15 hits and a pair of walks against Lewis (L, 4-4, 5.44) and relievers Robbie Ross, Jr.

Denard Span and Jayson Werth had three hits apiece, with Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos and Nate McLouth all chipping in with two hits. The big blow, though, was Ian Desmond’s 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fourth inning that finally got the Nats on the board.

We even saw a little of the bizarre, as Ramos’ walks came after five balls — both the scoreboard and home plate umpire lost correct track of the count.

The Nats host the Rangers Saturday at 12:05 pm Eastern. Doug Fister (2-1, 3.42) faces Nick Tepesch (2-0, 2.95).

NATS NOTES: Ryan Zimmerman made his first rehab start with Potomac Friday night. He went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as the designated hitter. He expects to play three or four more games with the P-Nats, including at least one in left field.

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