Washington Edges Braves 3-2
ATLANTA (AP) - Craig Stammen pitched four perfect innings after ace Stephen Strasburg left with a strained right oblique, Denard Span tripled and scored two runs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Friday night.
Strasburg lasted just two innings before leaving the shortest outing of his career. He will head back to Washington to have a muscle in his right side examined.
The victory snapped a two-game skid for Washington, which trimmed its second-place deficit in the NL East to 4½ games behind the Braves.
Atlanta has dropped two of three and four of six.
Strasburg left with a 2-1 lead. He allowed two hits and one run - a homer by Freddie Freeman - with no walks and two strikeouts.
Stammen (3-1) shut down the Braves by striking out three and allowing no baserunners through the sixth.
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