Nats roll over Braves - again

I feel like we’ve seen this type of win once or twice this season.

A Nationals starter goes deep into the game, delivering a dominating outing, the offense provides just enough run support and the bullpen closes it down.

All the familiar pieces were there in the Nats’ 2-0 win over the Braves this afternoon.

Stephen Strasburg bounced back off three consecutive subpar outings (by his lofty standards) and tossed seven shutout frames, allowing just four hits without a walk and striking out nine Braves.

It was the first time Strasburg has gone seven innings since back on April 28, and he improves his record to 6-1 on the season.

The offense came courtesy of Strasburg’s batterymate Jesus Flores, who provided a solo homer in the fifth, and struggling outfielder Xavier Nady, whose pinch-hit double in the eighth plated Danny Espinosa to give the Nats a big insurance run.

Sean Burnett worked a scoreless eighth inning and Tyler Clippard - who seems to be monopolizing the closer-by-committee situation - closed it out and recorded his fourth save of the season

The Nats move nine games above .500 at 30-21 and have now won all four games against the Braves this season.

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