Washington's Stephen Strasburg pitches against the Cleveland Indians in his...

Washington's Stephen Strasburg pitches against the Cleveland Indians in his second major league start. (June 13, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Stephen Strasburg was hit hard Wednesday night in his third rehabilitation start following Tommy John surgery.

The Washington Nationals’ right-hander allowed five runs and four hits over 1 2-3 innings for the Class-A Hagerstown Suns against the Lexington Legends.

Strasburg cruised through his first two rehab starts, but he gave up a walk, double, single and double Wednesday before retiring his first batter.

He also allowed a double and a walk in the second inning before being pulled as he approached his pitch-count limit of 50. He struck out three and walked two.

In his three starts, Strasburg has thrown 6 1-3 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits with 12 strikeouts and two walks.

He is expected to make three more starts before returning to the majors next month.

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