ATLANTA (AP) – Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto each hit a two-run homer, and the Washington Nationals overcame Stephen Strasburg’s early exit to beat the Atlanta Braves 11-6 on Tuesday night.
Soto had three hits, produced four runs and scored four times to lead Washington’s explosion of 14 hits.
The Nationals ended their five-game losing streak even though Strasbourg only lasted 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander left the game after William Contreras’ liner touched his left arm near his glove. The Strasbourg glove seemed to absorb at least part of the blow.
Strasbourg recovered the ball and sent off Contreras on first goal, but it was pulled out following a visit from manager Dave Martinez and coach Paul Lessard.
Strasbourg was on the list of injured from April 15 to May 21 with inflammation of the right shoulder. His first visit to Martinez and Lessard’s mound came after opening the game by having Ronald Acuña Jr. walk across four courts. Acuña stole second place and scored on Ozzie Albies’ brace in left field.
The Nationals did not provide any immediate update on the status of Strasbourg, who allowed one run on a hit and two walks by throwing just 30 shots.
Acuña had three hits, including a two-run homerun against Austin Voth (2-0) in the fifth. These are the only points allowed by Voth in three rounds.
Soto’s home run against Grant Dayton in the eighth cleared the wall in the left center. Soto appeared to mimic Acuña’s stuttering stride near third base on his jog around the bases.
Soto also hit a two-run single against Max Fried (2-3) in a four-run fourth. Fried, who threw three wild shots, threw Josh Harrison with a pitch after giving up a single to Voth.
Fried allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. After leaving the game, Zimmerman hit Edgar Santana’s first pitch over the wall to center-right for his sixth homerun and a 6-1 lead.
Dansby Swanson’s single in the fifth round reduced the Nationals’ lead to two after Acuña’s two-run homerun.
Washington took the lead with three points in the seventh, including a brace from Yan Gomes against Tyler Matzek. Kyle Schwarber’s row single to left field led Soto, who walked.
Nationals third baseman Starlin Castro dropped Swanson’s popup for a mistake in the seventh after Austin Riley’s hit resulted in Acuña, who doubled up.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (illness) is scheduled to begin rehab for Class A Wilmington on Thursday. Fedde will join the Nationals in Philadelphia on Friday. … DE Victor Robles (sprained right ankle) returned to the lineup after being reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Monday.
Courageous : RHP Shane Greene allowed a hit in a scoreless inning in his third appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett. Greene’s scheduled outing on Sunday was postponed due to back pain. Greene, 32, resigned with Atlanta on May 9.
Washington LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 4.91 ERA) will pitch on three days off against LHP Drew Smyly (2-3, 5.95) on Wednesday night. Martinez said Lester, who threw 74 pitches in four innings, allowing five hits and one run, in a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday, was “totally okay” to move up the rotation. when Fedde was not yet available. “I told him to take us as long as he could,” Martinez said.