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Strasburg falters late in Atlanta

Stephen Strasburg lost his second straight start, allowing four runs in the seventh. Stephen Strasburg lost his second straight start, allowing four runs in the seventh. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Associated Press / June 29, 2010

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Stephen Strasburg’s fifth big league start was his toughest.

The Braves scored four runs in the seventh inning against the Nationals’ star rookie, and Tim Hudson threw seven scoreless innings in Atlanta’s 5-0 home victory last night.

Strasburg (2-2) had no help from his offense as he gave up six hits and four runs, including three earned, in 6 1/3 innings. The Nationals have scored one run in Strasburg’s last three starts.

Strasburg struck out seven, leaving him two shy of matching Herb Score’s record of 50 in his first five starts. He has two losses and a no-decision after winning his first two starts.

Hudson (8-3) gave up only five hits, escaping a seventh-inning jam by striking out Alberto Gonzalez and retiring Strasburg on a ground out.

The Braves then broke through in the bottom of the inning.

Chipper Jones scored on Eric Hinske’s fly to center, and Yunel Escobar knocked Strasburg out of the game with a single to left, driving in McCann for a 2-0 lead. Gregor Blanco added an RBI bunt single, and Martin Prado tacked on a sacrifice fly.

Rockies 10, Padres 6 — Ubaldo Jimenez held San Diego hitless into the sixth inning and Miguel Olivo, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs each hit a two-run homer for visiting Colorado, which has won five of seven.

Jimenez (14-1), who threw a no-hitter April 17 at Atlanta, lost his bid in the sixth when he allowed four runs on four hits.

Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 5 — St. Louis rallied in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs with the help of two Arizona throwing errors.

Dodgers 4, Giants 2 — Casey Blake hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning and Manny Ramirez had an RBI double among his three hits for visiting Los Angeles.

Tigers 7, Twins 5 — Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera hit two-run doubles in the first inning off Francisco Liriano, who surrendered a season-high six runs in six-plus innings as Detroit passed host Minnesota for a half-game lead in the AL Central.

Marlins 10, Mets 3 — Cody Ross, Chris Coghlan, and Mike Stanton all went deep, Ricky Nolasco (7-6) tossed seven strong innings, and Florida gave interim manager Edwin Rodriguez a sweet homecoming in Puerto Rico.

Astros 9, Brewers 5 — Pedro Feliz’s RBI double in the seventh inning capped a comeback from an early deficit for visiting Houston.

Reds 7, Phillies 3 — Scott Rolen hit his 300th career homer and Johnny Cueto (8-2) shut down visiting Philadelphia to give Cincinnati its sixth win in seven games.

Royals 3, White Sox 1 — Anthony Lerew (1-1) held Chicago to three hits over six innings to earn his first major league victory, and host Kansas City won for the fourth time in five games.

Pirates 2, Cubs 1 — Jose Tabata hit a go-ahead double in the ninth, enabling Pittsburgh to snap a 17-game road losing streak. Paul Maholm (5-6) allowed one run over eight innings.

Indians 2, Blue Jays 1 — Jake Westbrook (5-4) pitched six innings and Jayson Nix’s squeeze bunt in the sixth scored the go-ahead run for host Cleveland.

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