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Stephen Strasburg dominated for six innings but wound up with another no-decision.
Stephen Strasburg had every right Saturday night to stand before reporters and cameras and gloat about his triumphant return from Tommy John surgery. Yet the right-hander's postgame demeanor -- terse and unemotional -- suggested a level of disgust that didn't jibe with his earlier dominance on the mound.
Why? Because the Nationals ultimately lost another game to the Marlins, this one by a 4-1 count in 13 innings.
Competitor that he is, Strasburg wasn't about to pat himself on the back inside a clubhouse of otherwise frustrated teammates.
"It felt good out there," he said. "Unfortunately, we battled hard and they just got the best of us, so it was a tough game."
Sure, the only stat that truly counts from Saturday's game was the final score, the latest in a ever-growing list of losses to the Marlins. When reliever Collin Balester surrendered three runs in the top of the 13th, the Nationals dropped their second straight to Florida and fell