Stephen Strasburg did his job. The bullpen hung in there as long as they could. Problem was the Nationals could manage just one run against Florida and lost, 4-1 in 13 innings before 33,247 at a chilly Nationals Park.
A two-run homer by Donnie Murphy over the left center field wall against Collin Balester won the game for the Marlins. It was Murphy’s first home run of the season and first since August 7, 2010.
Mike Stanton added an RBI double to make it 4-1, Florida.
Earlier, the Fish took the lead in the third inning thanks to a big hit from an unlikely source. Starting pitcher Chris Volstad smacked a double off the wall and then later scored on a sacrifice fly by Omar Infante, Florida led, 1-0.
The Nationals evened the game in the fifth thanks to a first pitch solo homer by Wilson Ramos off of Volstad, 1-1.
Strasburg did very well, throwing six innings, allowing four hits, one run, no walks and striking out three. He fired 61 pitches, 45 for strikes. He once again received a no decision.
Manager Davey Johnson had said before the game he would allow Strasburg to go over 70 pitches if necessary and let him tire a bit, but he didn’t have to let that happen and decided to pull the San Diego State hurler after 61 pitches.