Stephen Strasburg struggled during pregame warmups and tweaked his groin in the second inning. Yet after nine innings, he was still on the mound for the first time in the majors.
Strasburg pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the first complete game of his career, Jayson Werth had his second straight three-hit game and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep with a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
Strasburg (6-9) dominated the Phillies for his first win since July 7 against San Diego. The Nationals, who have been famously cautious with their star pitcher's workload throughout his career, had lost five straight games started by the right-hander.
''I've learned how to go out there and get outs with less pitches,'' Strasburg said after finishing off the Phillies with an efficient 99 pitches.
He's also learned how to pitch when not at his best, which in this case allowed him to hear the crowd of 32,355 chanti...