Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Every time since May 20 that Stephen Strasburg has taken the ball, he's won a game for the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy hasn't had any starter win a game in three weeks. Making his first appearance against the Rockies, Strasburg will try to become the first Nationals pitcher to win seven consecutive starts Monday night at Coors Field. Washington (41-29) is in first place in large part because it has the best ERA in baseball at 2.95. Strasburg (9-1, 2.46 ERA) is the unquestioned ace of the staff, striking out 54 and walking 10 since his last loss. The right-hander, who leads the majors with 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings, fanned 10 and helped the Nationals end a four-game losing streak with seven innings of two-run ball in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. "He seemed to get stronger as the game went on," manager Davey Johnson told the Nationals' official website. "Great seven innings. He's a true No. 1, and he's still learning....
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