ATLANTA (AP) – Craig Stammen pitched four perfect innings after ace Stephen Strasburg left with a strained right oblique, 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. He will head back to Washington to have his side examined.
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.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)