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Cardinals strike out 10 times in 5-4 loss to Nationals

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Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals returns to the dug out after striking out against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals returns to the dug out after striking out against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Stephen Strasburg struck out nine including seven of eight in one stretch and the Washington Nationals got home runs from Michael Taylor and Danny Espinosa in a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Taylor’s second leadoff homer of the year ended a 22-inning scoreless drought for the Nationals. Espinosa’s first of the season was a two-run shot that capped a four-run fourth against Mike Leake (0-3).

Strasburg (4-0) gave up two runs on eight hits in seven innings with one walk. He has 29 strikeouts in 22 1-3 innings his last three outings. Jonathan Papelbon earned his eighth save in nine chances for Washington, which is 5-0 in Strasburg’s starts.

By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer

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