Anthony Rendon strikes big blow as Nats rally past Mets in opener

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And so Strasburg settled down and retired 13 of the final 15 batters he faced before departing after the sixth inning with 102 pitchers. That was about as far as manager Matt Williams wanted to go with him in his first start on a windy day in New York with temperatures in the 40s. But his ace kept the game close enough to let the offense chip away at Gee and then the New York bullpen.

“He found his stride in the third and then shut them down the rest of the way,” Williams said. “Brown hit a fastball and got him and that happens. The good thing about [Strasburg] today was that he settled in and gave us a chance to get back in the game. That’s what kind of pitcher he is.”

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