PITTSBURGH — The Nationals stuck with their ace. The Pirates made them pay.
Josh Harrison had a tiebreaking, two-out single two batters after Jose Tabata hit a sacrifice fly off of Stephen Strasburg in the seventh inning, and Pittsburgh handed Washington its fourth straight defeat, 3-2 Saturday night.
Strasburg, who struck out 14 in a memorable major league debut against the Pirates almost four years ago, did not allow a hit Saturday until Walker’s homer to center with one out in the fourth.
Pittsburgh managed just three more singles off Strasburg until the seventh, when Russell Martin led off with a single and went to third on a one-out double by Starling Marte before scoring on the sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Tabata.
“(Strasburg) pitched very well,” Washington manager Matt Williams said. “Of course, they got to him in that last inning but I want to give him a chance to…
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