The Washington Nationals lost their fifth straight game in which Stephen Strasburg was the starting pitcher, as the team fell to the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Monday.
Strasburg, pitched well enough for the team to win, going six innings and allowing six hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight. Strasburg struggled early on, throwing the first pitch of the game to the backstop. He allowed an RBI single to Justin Upton in the bottom of the first, that put the Braves ahead 1-0.
Strasburg settled down, and allowed just one more run in the fourth inning, coming off an RBI single from Braves’ catcher Gerard Laird.
The Nationals got on the board in the top of the second inning, when Chad Tracy and Kurt Suzuki had back to back RBI singles, putting the Nationals on top 2-1.
The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, when a sacrifice fly off reliever Tyler Clippard brought in the go ahead run.
All-star closer Craig Kimbrel shut the door for his ninth save of the season. Tyler Clippard picked up the loss for the Nationals, his first of the season.
The Nationals and Braves will continue their series Tuesday night.
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