MLB: Washington 3, Tampa Bay 2

June 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 over seven innings Wednesday and won his sixth straight decision in boosting the Washington Nationals past Tampa Bay 3-2.

The Nationals scored all their runs in the first inning and managed only three hits, but held on thanks chiefly to another strong outing by Strasburg (9-1).

He gave up five hits and walked two, helping the Nationals end a four-game losing streak. Their most recent victory had come when Strasburg was last on the mound June 13.

Tyler Clippard worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond both singled in a run during the first inning and the other Washington score in that frame came on a throwing error by shortstop Elliot Johnson.

One of Tampa Bay's runs came on Jose Molina's second-inning homer.

Chris Archer (0-1) made his major league debut and absorbed the loss despite giving up just three hits with a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.

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