ATLANTA (AP) - Craig Stammen pitched four perfect innings after ace Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent injury, Denard Span tripled and scored two runs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Friday night.
Strasburg lasted just two innings before leaving the shortest outing of his career. The Nationals did not give an update on Strasburg during the game.
The victory snapped a two-game skid for Washington, which trimmed its second-place deficit in the NL East to 4½ games behind the Braves.
Atlanta has dropped two of three and four of six.
Strasburg left with a 2-1 lead. He allowed two hits and one run - a homer by Freddie Freeman - with no walks and two strikeouts.
Stammen (3-1) shut down the Braves by striking out three and allowing no baserunners through the sixth.