Strasburg Homers, Nationals Shut Down Orioles 9-3

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Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Stephen Strasburg got the best of his interstate rivals on Sunday.

Washington handed the Orioles (27-15) a 9-3 loss on Sunday to salvage their three-game series and improve their record to 24-17.  Baltimore took the interstate interleague matchup 2-1 but it was Strasburg who got the last laugh.

Strasburg hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning and was 2-2 on the day at the plate.  On the mound, he struck out eight in five innings before being lifted by manager Davey Johnson, who said the pitcher mentioned tightness in his biceps.

“The biceps is fine,” he said. “It’s just throwing a lot of pitches early, then we put up a lot of runs and stuff. I just got a little tired, got a little tight, but that’s nothing different than any other outing.”

As for his first career homer.

“I’m not big for going out there and showboating,” Strasburg said. “It was great, but I know my place. I’m not a real hitter out there so I’m not going to go out there and act like I do it all the time.”

Strasburg is now 4-1 for the season and the Nationals are now 1.5 out of first place in the NL East behind the Braves.

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