WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 and allowed one run in six innings for his 15th win, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Tuesday night.
For weeks, the impending shutdown of Strasburg (15-5) has been the talk of baseball and though the Nationals haven't said exactly what their limit for the star right-hander is, it's thought to be between 160 and 180 innings. After this start, his fourth straight win, when he allowed four hits and walked one, he has thrown 1451?3 innings.
REDS 5, PHILLIES 4: At Philadelphia, Zack Cozart hit a tiebreaking homer on Jonathan Papelbon's first pitch in the ninth, and Cincinnati snapped a seven-game losing streak against Philadelphia.
ROCKIES 6, METS 2: At New York, Jhoulys Chacin made an impressive return from an extended absence and the Rockies backed him with a pair of sharp defensive plays.
BREWERS 5, CUBS 2: At Milwaukee, Marco Estrada allowed twos hits in six solids innings to win for the first time in almost a year, leading Milwaukee to the victory.
CARDINALS 7, ASTROS 0: At St. Louis, Adam Wainwright matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in a five-hitter and the Cardinals bounced back from a 19-inning loss on Sunday.
MARLINS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5 (10): At Phoenix, Giancarlo Stanton singled home the winning run in the top of the 10th inning.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 1: At Los Angeles, Buster Posey drove in two runs and that's all Tim Lincecum would need to earn the win.
PADRES 7, PIRATES 5 (10): Chase Headley hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th for the win.
ANGELS 5, RED SOX 3: At Boston, Mark Trumbo hit his career-high 30th homer, Ervin Santana pitched 61?3 solid innings and Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak.
Mike Trout had two hits, giving him 139 in the first 100 games of his rookie season, the most since 1964 when Tony Oliva had 144 for Minnesota.
WHITE SOX 7, YANKEES 3: At Chicago, Kevin Youkilis hit a grand slam, Paul Konerko homered and Dewayne Wise had four hits as the White Sox rallied for the second straight game to beat the Yankees.
ROYALS 1, RAYS 0 (10): At St. Petersburg, Fla., Eric Hosmer's two-out single in the 10th inning lifted Kansas City to a 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay in a classic pitchers' duel between the Royals' Luke Hochevar and the Rays' David Price. Price and Hochevar both pitched eight innings, giving up a combined four hits.
TIGERS 5, BLUE JAYS 3: At Detroit, Max Scherzer struck out eight in seven impressive innings, and the Tigers took advantage of Ricky Romero's wildness in a victory over Toronto.
ORIOLES 5, RANGERS 3: At Arlington, Texas, Nate McLouth's two-run homer keyed Baltimore's four-run fifth inning and the Orioles held off the Texas Rangers.
ATHLETICS 5, TWINS 1: At Oakland, left-hander Brett Anderson pitched seven innings in his first start since elbow surgery and the A's turned a triple play behind him.
MARINERS 5, INDIANS 1: At Seattle, Felix Hernandez allowed one run in 72/3 innings to lead Seattle over Cleveland.
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants canceled an order for 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts just in time.
Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said Tuesday that the order was stopped just before printing after Cabrera received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball last Wednesday following his positive test of testosterone.
The original shirts had featured last month's All-Star game MVP but have now been replaced by a "Gigantes" version with center fielder Angel Pagan's name on the back, Slaughter said. They will be handed out in a giveaway for a Sept. 8 game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Earlier Tuesday, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig banned Cabrera associate Juan Nunez — a consultant to the outfielder's agents — from all team clubhouses.
ASTROS SCOUT CLEMENS: Roger Clemens thinks any talk about a return to the majors is premature.
The Houston Astros decided to check him out anyway.
General manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday the Astros sent a scout to look at Clemens and left-hander Scott Kazmir, who also plays for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Clemens is to make his first start on Saturday at home against Bridgeport.
INDIANS PITCHER TO HAVE SURGERY: Cleveland Indians' right-hander Josh Tomlin will have Tommy John surgery Wednesday, ending his season and likely leaving him sidelined for most of 2013.
The Indians made the announcement Tuesday before playing the middle game of a three-game series in Seattle. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in California.