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Strasburg good, Arroyo better in Nationals' loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 12:26 am •  Published: May 14, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Strasburg was good, Bronson Arroyo was better.

Strasburg pitched seven solid innings but was done in by one bad pitch to Paul Goldschmidt while Arroyo frustrated Washington batters in Arizona's 3-1 win Tuesday night.

"Overall I thought he pitched fine," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of his ace. "Bronson was better tonight though. All over the zone with all the pitches that he had, he kept everybody off-balance."

Arroyo, with a fastball that barely reaches 88 mph, scattered seven hits, struck out seven and walked one in his 16th career complete game.

"That's the great thing about baseball," Arroyo said. "I don't really have to beat Stephen, I just have to beat their batters for the most part."

He also had a pair of hits off Strasburg, scoring the go-ahead run after the second one.

"I just try to outthink him and try to guess what he's throwing," Arroyo said. "... I got lucky today. I hit two balls soft, but one of them turned out to be a huge hit and started off an inning that won us the ball game."

Arroyo, a free agent signing in the offseason who was slowed by a sore back in spring training, struck out seven and walked one. Of his 110 pitches, 79 were strikes.

"An incredible strike ratio," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He kept them off-balance, threw a great game for us. Beyond that, got a couple of hits, ran the bases well again, fielded a good safety squeeze bunt, held the guy at first, got out of that inning. I mean, that's complete."

Goldschmidt doubled twice, the second one driving in the go-ahead runs in the fifth.

"Curveball," Strasburg said. "It started getting a little windy and dry and spun out of my hands. As soon as it came out of my hand I knew it was probably not going to be good."

Strasburg allowed more than two runs for the first time in five starts.

Over his last three starts, Arroyo (4-2) has allowed one earned run in 23 1-3 innings. He also became the second pitcher to get two hits off Strasburg. The other was Tim Hudson.

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