Strasburg Tough Luck Loser After 8 Inning Gem

By: HOWARD FENDRICH - AP Sports Writer
By: HOWARD FENDRICH - AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against a struggling and depleted Nationals lineup, and Pedro Alvarez homered off an otherwise-dominant Stephen Strasburg, leading Pittsburgh past Washington 4-2 Wednesday night.

The Nationals fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break -- scoring a grand total of 13 runs in that span -- and have lost 11 of their last 13 games.

Already the owner of one previous no-hitter, Liriano (10-4) walked the first batter he faced, then retired 11 in a row before another walk. Five more outs followed, before rookie Anthony Rendon reached on what was ruled an infield single with two away in the sixth.


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