WASHINGTON -- Francisco Liriano didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning against a struggling and depleted Nationals lineup, and Pedro Alvarez homered off Stephen Strasburg to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past Washington 4-2 on Wednesday night.
The Nationals fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break -- scoring a total of 13 runs in that span -- and have lost 11 of 13.
Liriano (10-4) walked the first batter he faced, then retired 11 in a row before another walk. Five more outs followed, before rookie Anthony Rendon reached on what was ruled an infield single with two away in the sixth.
The Nationals wasted an exceptional outing from Strasburg (5-8), who struck out 12 and didn't walk anyone in eight innings. He gave up only one run and two hits, all in the second inning. It was Strasburg's ninth career game with 10 or more strikeouts.
Mark Melancon got the last three outs to earn his third save.
BRAVES 8, METS 2
Hudson has a broken right ankle and will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down.
Hudson (8-7) was working on a four-hitter when Eric Young Jr. hit a grounder that was knocked down by first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson took Freeman's toss at the bag just before Young arrived, and the speedy outfielder stepped on the back of Hudson's lower right leg, near his Achilles, driving the pitcher's right ankle awkwardly into the base.
Hefner (4-8) compiled a 1.76 ERA in his final eight starts before the All-Star break, the best mark in the majors during that span. But he was tagged for a career-worst eight runs and 10 hits in two-plus innings last Friday against Philadelphia.
The right-hander allowed a career-high three homers to Atlanta in 4 1-3 innings.
CARDINALS 11, PHILLIES 3
ST. LOUIS -- Jake Westbrook pitched seven solid innings and contributed offensively with his second career steal, leading St. Louis past Philadelphia.
Allen Craig had two hits and a walk to give him 16 hits during a nine-game hitting streak. He is second in the NL in hitting at .337 behind teammate Yadier Molina (.339), who had three hits and an RBI.
Westbrook (7-4) had his first career three-hit game and helped knock out John Lannan (2-4) when he drew a two-out walk in the fourth, stole second and scored on Carpenter's single for a 4-0 Cardinals lead.
BREWERS 3, PADRES 1
It was the Brewers' first win since left fielder Ryan Braun was suspended Monday for the remainder of the 2013 season for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Lohse (7-7) gave up five hits and struck out six. He is 6-1 over his last 11 starts with a 2.51 ERA. The Brewers were 2-8 in Lohse's first 10 starts and 8-3 in his last 11 starts.
Sean O'Sullivan (0-2), making just his second start and third appearance of the season for the Padres, pitched 6 1-3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. He started in place of Jason Marquis, who is scheduled for Tommy John surgery.
ROCKIES 2, MARLINS 1
Miami entered the series having not scored in 37 innings, but it is the Rockies who struggled for runs in the first three games. They managed one Monday, two against Jose Fernandez on Tuesday and two more against Jacob Turner on Wednesday.
De La Rosa (10-5) made sure the two runs would stand up with another strong performance, and Colorado snapped a two-game skid.
De La Rosa set down 13 of his last 15, yielding only two-out singles to Adeiny Hechavarria in the fifth and Placido Polanco in the sixth. He allowed six hits and struck out four to reach double-digit victories for the first time since winning 16 games for the Rockies in 2009.
Turner (3-3) was a hard-luck loser for the second straight outing. He allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and walked two in six innings. It was the third straight start he allowed two runs.
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