Strasburg comes back strong; Dodgers top Nats 7-3

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits over five shutout innings Tuesday night in his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery, but the bullpen blew the lead as the Washington Nationals lost 7-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 2009 overall No. 1 draft pick again displayed the repertoire that wowed the baseball world last year during a rookie season cut short when his elbow popped in a game at Philadelphia on Aug. 21. His long road back began when he had ligament replacement surgery last Sept. 3.

Strasburg threw 56 pitches, 40 for strikes. He struck out four.

The Nationals led 3-0 when he left, but the Dodgers took the lead for good on Rod Barajas' two-run double in the eighth inning off Henry Rodriguez (3-3).