published Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Atlanta Braves win, Strasburg succumbs to 104-degree heat

Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado (14) greets teammate Dan Uggla as he scores in front of Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the third inning of their baseball game on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado (14) greets teammate Dan Uggla as he scores in front of Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the third inning of their baseball game on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts and the Atlanta Braves overcame 104-degree heat to beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Saturday.

Strasburg (9-3) left after just three innings because of weather-related issues. He didn’t return to begin the fourth, tying for the shortest outing of his 33-start career.

Braves officials reported no major health problems among the announced crowd of 26,491. The team credited eight free water stations at Turner Field with helping fans cool off.

Strasburg allowed two hits, three runs and four walks. Throwing 36 of his 67 pitches for strikes, Strasburg struck out four to reach 122, most in the majors.

Strasburg took extra time between pitches and walked slowly between innings. He left trailing 3-2 after the Braves’ three-run third.

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