Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/11/12

Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits in six scoreless innings as the visiting Washington Nationals handed the New York Mets their second straight defeat 4-0.

Strasburg (1-0), making his second start of the season and seventh since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, struck out nine and walked three while surpassing 100 pitches for the first time in his career.

The top overall draft pick in 2009, Strasburg left with a 1-0 lead after yielding a leadoff single to Ruben Tejada in the first and a one-single to Ike Davis in the sixth to outduel Johan Santana.

Santana (0-1) gave up one run on five hits while striking out eight and walking three in five-plus innings. It was his second start since shoulder surgery in September 2010.

Ian Desmond and Xavier Nady had two hits apiece for the Nationals, who got plenty of help from New York's pitching, scoring their runs on a wild pitch, a pair of bases-loaded walks and a groundout.

On a day when New York celebrated the 50th anniversary of the franchise, the Mets struck out 15 times in losing to Washington for the sixth time in seven games. Their pitchers also combined for 10 walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman.

New York manager Terry Collins was ejected in the top of the seventh after voicing his displeasure over the strike zone in the previous inning.

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