ATLANTA – Stephen Strasburg’s fifth big league start was by far his toughest.

The Atlanta Braves scored five runs in the seventh inning — four charged to the Washington Nationals’ star rookie — and Tim Hudson threw seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 victory Monday night.

Strasburg (2-2) had no help from his offense and gave up six hits and four runs, including three earned, in 61/3 innings. The Nationals have scored one run in Strasburg’s last three starts.

Hudson (8-3) gave up only five hits for the NL East-leading Braves.


MARLINS 10, METS 3: Cody Ross homered and had three hits, and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings in a win at San Juan, Puerto Rico.


REDS 7, PHILLIES 3: Scott Rolen hit his 300th career homer, leading Cincinnati to a win at home.


CARDINALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Arizona committed two throwing errors in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing St. Louis to rally from a 5-3 deficit.


PIRATES 2, CUBS 1: Paul Maholm pitched a season-high eight innings, Jose Tabata hit a go-ahead double in the ninth and Pittsburgh ended a 17-game road losing streak.


ASTROS 9, BREWERS 5: Michael Bourn had four hits, including his first home run of the season, and Houston overcame an early 4-0 deficit at Milwaukee.


INDIANS 2, BLUE JAYS 1: Jake Westbrook pitched six solid innings, and Jayson Nix’s suicide squeeze in the sixth drove in the go-ahead run for Cleveland against visiting Toronto.


TIGERS 7, TWINS 5: Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera hit two-run doubles in the first off Francisco Liriano, and visiting Detroit moved into first place in the AL Central.


ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 1: Anthony Lerew threw six solid innings for his first major league victory, and Billy Butler drove in two runs as Kansas City won at home.


CUBS: Carlos Zambrano will be placed on the restricted list, and the team expects to be without the hot-tempered pitcher until at least the All-Star break. Zambrano has been suspended since he threw a tirade in the dugout on Friday.


BRAVES: Jason Heyward was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb.