Stephen Strasburg struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 4-0 today for Johan Santana’s first loss of the Major League Baseball season.
Strasburg, 23, allowed two hits and three walks in his first victory of the year. Mets pitchers walked 10 batters, including two with the bases loaded, and New York hitters left eight runners on base at Citi Field on the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ inaugural game as a franchise.
Santana threw 99 pitches, struck out eight and walked three in the loss, the four-time All-Star’s second start since missing the entire 2011 season following shoulder surgery.
The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a wild pitch and added single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings against New York relief pitchers.
The Mets have dropped their past two games after opening the year with four wins. The Nationals also are 4-2, tied with the Mets for first place in the National League East division.
Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, threw 108 pitches, the first time in his career he has passed the 100-pitch mark.
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