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Stephen Strasburg dominated the Mets over six scoreless innings.
Hitting highlight: It's been a tough start to the season for Mark DeRosa, who was hitless in his first 11 at-bats before finally singling in the top of the second today. DeRosa's bigger contribution, though, may have been his 10-pitch at-bat against Manny Acosta in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded and the Nats clinging to a 1-0 lead, the veteran fouled off four two-strike pitches before drawing a walk that brought home a big insurance run.
Pitching highlight: It wasn't his most efficient performance, but Stephen Strasburg proved he can get over the 100-pitch barrier and still record some key outs with his stamina waning. Manager Davey Johnson easily could have pulled his young ace after he put a man on with one out in the sixth. But he let Strasburg finish what he started, and the 23-year-old wound up escaping the jam while reaching a career-high 108 pitches.
Key stat: In 18 career starts prior to today, Strasburg threw his changeup only 15 percent of the time. During this six-inning gem, he threw that devastating pitch 24 of 108 times (a 22 percent rate).
Up next: After six straight games on the road to begin the season, the Nationals finally get to enjoy their home opener tomorrow against the Reds. Gio Gonzalez will face Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos at 1:05 p.m.