Stephen Strasburg followed up Gio Gonzalez's perfect inning by preserving the National League shutout in the bottom of the fourth. Strasburg gave up a lead-off single to the Yankees Robinson Cano, who took a pitch right up the middle to get on base. Cano was quickly erased on a hard-hit shot up the middle by Josh Hamilton, but shortstop Rafael Furcal was playing right behind the bag and quickly stepped on second to convert a double play.
After walking Jose Bautista, Strasburg retired Prince Fielder on a fly out to left field. But it took an impressive running catch by Ryan Braun to end the inning, robbing Fielder of an extra base hit and keeping the eight-run lead in tact.
The NL pushed the lead to eight when they added three runs in the top of the fourth. A two-run rip over the left field wall and into the bullpen by Melky Cabrera did most of the damage.
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