After Strasburg leaves no-hit bid, Nats top Reds 12-1
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, left, gets a high-five from Daniel Murphy, right, and others after he was pulled from a baseball game during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, July 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg was removed from a no-hit bid after 6 2/3 innings Sunday, and Ramon Cabrera singled against Matt Belisle leading off the eighth for Cincinnati's first hit in the Washington Nationals' 12-1 rout of the Reds on Sunday.
Activated from the disabled list before the game after missing two starts due to an upper back strain, Strasburg (11-0) threw 109 pitches, five shy of his season high. He left to a standing ovation from the crowd of 37.328 at Nationals Park and was replaced by Blake Treinen, who got Billy Hamilton to ground out.
Making his first appearance since June 15, Strasburg struck out five walked four – including two of the Reds' first three batters. He then retired eight in a row, needing only eight pitches in each of the second and third innings.
Danny Espinosa homered twice, including his second grand slam in four games, and Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon hit solo homers.