Stephen Strasburg struck out a season-high 13 over six innings and the Washington Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Roger Bernadina and Adam LaRoche both homered in the sixth off Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia (1-3) to erase a two-run deficit. Henry Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Strasburg improved to 3-0 while trimming his ERA to 1.64 by overpowering the punchless Pirates. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits in six innings. He walked three, all of them coming in the sixth when he loaded the bases. Strasburg escaped when he fanned Garrett Jones on a 95 mph fastball and Washington's bullpen made it hold up.