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Nationals Vs. Braves: Stephen Strasburg Leaves With 10 Strikeouts in Six Innings

Stephen Strasburg's unusual night has come to a close, as the Washington Nationals ace struck out 10 in six innings of work, leaving the Nationals with a 4-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves.

Fighting against a 51-minute rain delay, Strasburg was able to weather the storm of the having to sit idly by waiting for the rain to stop while working on a strong outing. Strasburg had struck out four and given up two hits before the rain halted the Nationals and Braves for a second straight night.

The looming innings limit that Strasburg has had to deal with all season likely played into the decision making by the Nationals' coaching staff, including manager Davey Johnson, however, Strasburg returned to the mound when play resumed after nearly an hour delay.

The night was Strasburg's fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season.

The Nationals were able to provide Strasburg some run support once the rain cleared, as a three-run Jesus Flores homer provided more than enough for a dominant Strasburg.

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