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D-backs lefty Ray exits with strained oblique

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WASHINGTON -- D-backs starting pitcher Robbie Ray exited Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals in the second inning with a right oblique strain.

In a scoreless game with one out in the bottom of the second, Ray signaled to the dugout immediately after tossing a first-pitch ball to Nationals catcher Matt Wieters. The left-hander grabbed at his right side during a brief conversation with the training staff before leaving. The 2017 All-Star struck out two of the four batters he faced and allowed a first-inning single to Bryce Harper.

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WASHINGTON -- D-backs starting pitcher Robbie Ray exited Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals in the second inning with a right oblique strain.

In a scoreless game with one out in the bottom of the second, Ray signaled to the dugout immediately after tossing a first-pitch ball to Nationals catcher Matt Wieters. The left-hander grabbed at his right side during a brief conversation with the training staff before leaving. The 2017 All-Star struck out two of the four batters he faced and allowed a first-inning single to Bryce Harper.

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Ray, 26, entered 2-0 with a 5.13 ERA in five starts. In his previous outing, Ray allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Philadelphia. He went 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA last season.

Reliever T.J. McFarland inherited the 1-0 count and surrendered a solo home run to Wieters and an unearned run as the Nationals built a 2-0 lead.

Video: Wieters' solo jack

Arizona, which won the two opening games of the series, entered Sunday tied with Boston for the best record in the Majors at 19-7. With a win, the D-backs would set a franchise record for the best start to a season.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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