Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, July 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Nick Wass
July 03, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg was removed from a no-hit bid after 6 2/3 innings Sunday by Washington manager Dusty Baker, and Ramon Cabrera singled against Matt Belisle leading off the eighth for Cincinnati's first hit.

Activated from the disabled list before the game after missing two starts due to an upper back strain, Strasburg threw 109 pitches, five shy of his season high. He left the game to a standing ovation from the crowd of 37.328 at Nationals Park and was replaced by Blake Treinen, who got Billy Hamilton to ground out.

Making his first appearance since June 15, Strasburg struck out five walked four.

Danny Espinosa homered twice, including a grand slam, and Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon had solo homers to build an 12-1 lead.

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