WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in seven innings Wednesday night as the Washington Nationals kept the Philadelphia Phillies' bats quiet yet again, winning 8-4 in a rain-interrupted game.
Strasburg (5-4) had the Phillies flailing as he hit double digits in Ks for the 15th time in his career - and for the fourth time without issuing a walk. All but one of the strikeouts were swinging, including Marlon Byrd (95 mph fastball), Ryan Howard (95 mph fastball) and Domonic Brown (88 mph changeup) when the rain started to fall in the sixth inning.
The only consolation for the Phillies is that they scored an earned run for the first time in four games when facing the Nationals' ace. The streak reached 25 innings.