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Strasburg escapes early jams to gain win for Nats

Stephen Strasburg struggled through a 34-pitch first inning but escaped early jams to lead the Washington Nationals past the Florida Marlins, 4-0, Friday night in Miami.

Strasburg (4-2) allowed two baserunners in each of the first three innings, walking three and throwing the first wild pitch of his career. But he finished with seven strikeouts in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.03. Two relievers completed a four-hitter.

"You're not going to go out there and feel perfect every single time," Strasburg said. "What separates the really good pitchers from the average ones is their ability to figure it out on the fly and make adjustments without really giving up too many runs. I was able to do that tonight."

Brewers 9, Braves 3

Ryan Braun's two-run homer helped give visiting Milwaukee an early lead and Randy Wolf (7-8) earned his first win over Atlanta in seven years.

Cubs 4, Phillies 3

Aramis Ramirez hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to help host Chicago to a comeback win. Marlon Byrd also homered for the Cubs.

Ryan Howard hit his 20th homer to put Philadelphia up 3-1 in the sixth and Shane Victorino also homered.

Reds 3, Rockies 2

Brandon Phillips followed his first All-Star appearance with a three-hit game and Arthur Rhodes pitched out of a bases-loaded, none-out threat in the eighth inning for host Cincinnati.

Rangers 8, Red Sox 4

Bengie Molina hit for the cycle, producing a grand slam and triple in his last two at-bats for visiting Texas. Molina's slam came in a five-run fifth inning and gave the Rangers a 7-3 lead.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 2

Ricky Romero (7-6) allowed five hits in seven innings, Aaron Hill homered and visiting Toronto ended Baltimore's four-game win streak. Fred Lewis had two hits and two runs for the Jays.

Judge rejects change

A California judge has rejected a bid for a change of venue for the trial of the suspected drunken driver accused of killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others. Andrew Thomas Gallo is charged with three counts of second-degree murder. - AP

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