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Nationals overcome Strasburg injury, beat Braves

By GEORGE HENRY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Craig Stammen pitched four perfect innings after ace Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent injury, Denard Span tripled and scored two runs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Friday night.

Strasburg lasted just two innings before leaving the shortest outing of his career. The Nationals did not give an update on Strasburg during the game.

The victory snapped a 2-game skid for Washington, which trimmed its second-place deficit in the NL East to 4½ games behind the Braves.

Atlanta has dropped 2 of 3 and 4 of 6.

Strasburg left with a 2-1 lead. He allowed two hits and one run - a homer by Freddie Freeman - with no walks and two strikeouts.

Stammen (3-1) shut down the Braves by striking out three and allowing no baserunners through the sixth.

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