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Strasburg shines as Nats down Padres

11:53 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer to back the longest outing of Stephen Strasburg's young career, as the Washington Nationals took down the San Diego Padres, 6-2, in the opener of a four-game series.

Strasburg (2-5) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits while striking out four and walking three over eight innings. The right-hander came into Thursday's contest with a 0-5 record and 3.61 ERA in his previous seven starts.

Bryce Harper hit a solo homer in his return after being held out of the starting lineup the past two games following his fierce collision with the right field fence on Monday.

San Diego starter Edinson Volquez (3-4) allowed five runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking four over five innings.

Everth Cabrera and Chris Denorfia each knocked in a run for the Padres, who had won two in a row. The right-hander came into Thursday's contest with a 3-0 mark and 2.59 ERA over his previous five starts.

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