Braves rock Strasburg in win over Nationals

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward hit homers off Stephen Strasburg and the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.


Uggla hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Heyward connected with no one on in the fourth.

Strasburg, making his third start, gave up five hits and four runs over four innings, walking two and striking out one. He has a 7.45 ERA this spring.

Top prospect Bryce Harper returned to the Nationals lineup after missing a week with a calf strain and played center field for the first time this spring. He was 0 for 2 with a walk.

Chad Tracy and Jesus Flores homered for Washington in the fourth inning off Braves rookie starter Julio Teheran, who allowed six homers against Detroit in his spring debut two starts ago.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, hitless in his first 10 at-bats, bounced a single through the infield off left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny leading off the fifth. He has been bothered by a sore right knee this spring.

PHILLIES: Roy Halladay was yanked in the third inning after getting rocked in the Minnesota Twins’ 6-4 victory over Philadelphia.

Halladay allowed five runs and seven hits, including two homers, in 2⅔ innings.

Halladay gave up a long three-run homer to Chris Parmelee in the third. He left after walking the next batter on four pitches.

TIGERS: Prince Fielder homered and had three hits in Detroit’s 7-6 victory over the New York Mets in 10 innings.

Fielder’s two-run homer came off Mets starter Dillon Gee in the fourth inning. Delmon Young had two hits for the Tigers, including a two-run single in a four-run fifth – all unearned – against Mets and former Braves left-hander Chuck James.

YANKEES: New York pitcher Freddy Garcia sustained a bruised right hand in the fourth inning of New York’s 7-5 victory over Toronto when he was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion, who also hit two home runs.

Garcia, who allowed Encarnacion’s homer in the second inning, immediately came out of the game and was taken to Tampa, Fla., where Dr. Allen Miller, the Yankees’ Tampa-based orthopedic surgeon, treated him. X-rays were negative.

The was no additional information but manager Joe Girardi didn’t express too much concern.



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