Nationals Vs. Pirates: Stephen Strasburg Strikes Out 13, Nationals Win, 4-2

The right-hander continues his mastery of the Bucs as the Nationals salvage the final game of the series.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates Recap: Stephen Strasburg Strikes Out 13 To Win Series Finale

The Washington Nationals snapped their three-game losing streak and avoided a sweep in Pittsburgh with a 4-2 win over the Pirates in the series finale on Thursday night. Washington got some timely hitting and a dominant pitching performance from their starter to get the win.

Game 3 was all about Stephen Strasburg, who was lights-out. Strasburg, who set a career-high for strikeouts in his big league debut against the Bucs two years ago, fanned 13 over six innings pitched. He was dynamite, blowing it by the final hitter he faced for No. 13. Aside from a hiccup in the fourth inning, when the Pirates scored two runs, the Nats' starter did a perfect job of stopping the mini-skid.

The Nationals' offense came alive in the sixth inning, breaking a Kevin Correia shutout to take the lead, 3-2. Washington did the damage via the long ball, as Roger Bernardina led off the inning with a solo shot to straight away center. After a Ryan Zimmerman walk, Adam LaRoche smoked his sixth homer of the season -- a two-run shot to put Washington ahead for good.

Rick Ankiel added some insurance for Henry Rodirguez in the top of the 9th with a homer to the first row over the high wall in right field. Rodriguez came on and converted his seventh save of the season to salvage the series.

The Nats now travel over to Cincinnati to face the Reds for a weekend series. Gio Gonzalez will get the start for Washington while Mike Leake will go for the Red.

As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all thingsWashington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates: Stephen Strasburg Strikes Out 13 Over 6 Innings

Looking to stop a three-game skid and hold off a sweep by the Pirates, Nationals' ace Stephen Strasburg took the mound at PNC Park on Thursday night and mowed down the Pittsburgh lineup. Strasburg struck out 13 Pirates' hitters, the most since his 2010 debut when he struck out 14 against this same Pittsburgh team.

Strasburg went six innings, allowing five hits and two runs, one unearned. Aside from the two runs in the fourth inning, he was in complete control. He left at the end of the sixth, after blowing his 103rd pitch past Garrett Jones. He got a little wild in his final inning, walking the bases loaded and struggling a bit from the stretch. But he departs with a 3-2 lead, looking for his third win of the year.

As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates Preview: Washington Turns To Stephen Strasburg To Avoid Sweep

The Washington Nationals are facing the possibility that they will be swept for the second time on the road this season as they play the finale of a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. The Nationals will turn to pitcher Stephen Strasburg, making his first start against the Pirates since his 14-strikeout debut on June 8, 2010.

Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA in six starts this season. In his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 4, Strasburg pitched six innings and gave up three runs on three hits and struck out four in a no decision. The Nationals are 5-1 when Strasburg starts and he has held opponents to a .187 batting average this season.

Strasburg will match up against Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia, 1-2 on the season with a 3.38 ERA. The last two outings for Correia have not gone as well as he has complied a 5.56 ERA in two straight losses, including a seven-inning performance against the Cincinnati Reds on May 4, where he allowed five runs on nine hits.

The Nationals can hope that outfielder Bryce Harper can get a spark back in the offense after going three for eighteen in the last five games, dropping his batting average to .265.

The game is scheduled for a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. with television coverage on MASN 2 with radio coverage on 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates Recap: Washington Drops Third Straight, 4-2

The Washington Nationals had a golden opportunity to put some offense together on Wednesday night, but the Pirates' bullpen slammed the door and held the Nats to just one earned run. Washington lost 4-2, to drop the series against the Bucs. Pittsburgh starter Erik Bedard left the game with back spasms in the second inning, but the Pirates' bullpen was dominant, striking out 11 in eight innings of work.

Ross Detwiler was solid, but the Pirates strung together four hits in the third inning to score three runs. After getting two quick outs to start the inning, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, and Casey McGehee would all drive in runs with singles. That's all Pittsburgh would need as the Nats' bats continued to scuffle against five Bucs' relievers. The Nats scored an unearned run in the 4th inning when Xavier Nady singled home Bryce Harper. A Chad Tracy sac fly would bring home Danny Espinosa in the 7th but that would be it.

Stephen Strasburg will go for the Nats on Thursday night in the series finale, looking to stop the skid and prevent a sweep. Clint Hurdle will put Kevin Correia on the mound.

As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates: Washington Looks To Rebound After Difficult Game 1

The Washington Nationals lost a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series on Tuesday, but they'll have a chance to even things up on Wednesday. They send Ross Detwiler out to the mound, who has been pretty excellent for a No. 5 starter (or anyone else really) so far this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm and you can find the game on MASN2.

The Nationals could have won the game against the Pirates a few times last night, but the biggest blow obviously came in the bottom of the ninth inning after the Nationals had taken the lead in the top of the frame. The Nationals don't score a ton of runs, so it hurts to lose a game when they score enough runs to win on most days. Maybe the offense will keep it going for Ross on Wednesday.

We'll have plenty more on this series over the course of the next few days on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates Final Score: Washington Loses To Walk-Off Home Run

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates were all tied up at 2-2 mid-way through the game, but Pirates second baseman Neil Walker broke up the tie with a sacrifice single in the eighth inning. After Edwin Jackson exited the game pitching seven innings and allowing only three hits, the Pirates were able to start getting some runners on base.

The Nats were able to get some clutch hits in the top of the ninth inning as Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homerun to centerfield, scoring both he and Ryan Zimmerman to give the Nationals a one run lead. The Pirates once again rallied as catcher Rod Barajas hit a walk-off two-run homerun to win the game 5-4 for the Bucs.

We'll have plenty more on this series over the course of the next few days on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates Score Update: Game Tied 2-2 In 5th Inning

The Washington Nationals are taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road and the Nats jumped out to an early lead. In the top of the third inning, Wilson Ramos hit a solo-homerun to give the Nationals an early 1-0 lead. In the top of the fourth inning, Rick Ankiel singled to right field, playing Bryce Harper to give the Nats a 2-0 lead.

The Pirates were able to make that up in the bottom of the inning however, as Andrew McCutchen hit a solo-homerun to centerfield to cut the Nats lead in half, which was followed up by a solo-homerun by Garrett Jones to tie up the game. The Nats have been able to get some base runners with six hits through five innings while the Pirates have struggled to get on base against Edwin Jackson, who's given up just three hits.

We'll have plenty more on this series over the course of the next few days on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates: Ryan Zimmerman Bats Third In First Game Since April 20

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will make his first start for the Nationals since April 20 on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Zimmerman was just activated off of the disabled list on Tuesday. The Nationals will be happy to have Zimmerman's bat back in the lineup especially with the Injury to outfielder Jayson Werth.

Edwin Jackson starts on the hill for the Nationals Tuesday as they will try to get back to their winning ways after dropping the final game of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The rest of the lineup is as follows for the Washington Nationals.

Bryce Harper moves up to the No. 2 spot in the order now that Zimmerman is back and Adam LaRoche also returns to the lineup batting clean up.

We'll have plenty more on this series over the course of the next few days on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. As always, you can head over to Federal Baseball for more on this series and all things Washington Nationals baseball. For some perspective from the other dugout you can head over to Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pittsburgh Pirates blog. For more on this and every MLB series, please head over to the SB Nation Major League Baseball hub page.

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Ryan Zimmerman Injury: Third Baseman Activated From Disabled List

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is officially off the disabled list and is now available to play Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement today according to the press release. The release also said that outfielder Jayson Werth was placed on the disabled list because of his wrist fracture.

Zimmerman last played on April 20. To that point he had batted .224 with four doubles, a home run and seven RBIs in 15 games. The Nationals went 7-6 while Zimmerman was out of the line up. The Nationals could use Zimmerman's help going forward on offense. The Nationals have lacked some offensive punch and Zimmerman was starting to turn a corner offensively prior to his stint on the DL.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates: Washington Back On Road In Steel City

The Washington Nationals have won two of their past three series, and now they welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates into town.

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