Strasburg pitches the Nationals to a 3-1 win

Stephen Strasburg is an All Star.  Although he will not pitch in the All Star game as a precaution to a recent upper back strain, he showed no signs tonight, keeping his record at a perfect 12-0, defeating the New York mets 3-1.  Strasburg tossed 7 sparking innings, allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks, yielding just 1 run over 7 innings to earn the decision and lower his season ERA to 2.62.  Stars threw 108 pitches over the seven inning performance.

Offensively, Clint Robinson, filling in for an injured Ryan Zimmerman, smacked his 5th home run of the season in the second inning to give the Nats a 2-0 lead.  That is all they needed on the evening.  The Nats would get an additional insurance run with an RBI double from Daniel Murphy in the third inning.

Shawn Kelly, Oliver Perez, Blake Treinen, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a combined 2 scoreless innings to preserve the win.  Papelbon earned his 18th save, throwing a hitless and scoreless ninth inning.

With the win, the Nats improved to 52-36 on the season and increased their division lead back to 4 games over the Mets. The Nats and Mets tangle again tomorrow with Max Scherzer taking the mound against Logan Verrett.