Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/9/12

Boston got its first look at Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on Friday, and it is safe to assume the New England faithful went home pretty impressed.

Strasburg struck out 13 hitters and Harper slammed a 420-foot home run in the Nationals' 7-4 victory over Boston to open the series.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson even admitted it was an amazing sight.

"It was fun watching," Johnson said. "Harper, what a night he had. It seemed like (Red Sox manager) Bobby (Valentine) was bringing in left-handers for him all night. It didn't seem to faze the kid. I am sure the fans enjoyed that, too."

It was certainly a sterling debut for Harper in Boston as he finished

3-for-5 with a two-run homer, a double, a single and three RBI.

"Harper was really special tonight," Johnson said.

In the top of the fourth, the 19-year Harper crushed a two-run shot to the deepest part of the park for his sixth homer of the season. Harper joined Al Kaline, Robin Yount and Mickey Mantle as the only 19-year-olds to homer as a member of the visiting team at Fenway Park.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Harper was the second youngest visitor to Fenway to homer. Yount did it when he was 32 days younger than Harper.

But equally as impressive was the work of Strasburg, who tossed 119 pitches and allowed only two runs with 13 strikeouts for his seventh win of the season.

Johnson said it was a little bit of a rocky beginning by Strasburg's standards -- he trailed 2-0 -- but then he kicked in gear.

"Strasburg had a little rusty start, but he was throwing the heck out of the ball," Johnson said. "He got a little out of sorts, I thought, there early in the ballgame but came back and started really going after them."

In the sixth, Strasburg got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam as he flew past 100 pitches for the night.

Strasburg struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a breaking ball and Kevin Youkilis on a low strike three. Youkilis argued with home plate umpire Doug Eddings and was ejected from the game.

Johnson said he never even thought about pulling Strasburg when he got in trouble in the sixth.

"I thought maybe I was going to have to hold him to five (innings)," Johnson said. "But there is no way I am hooking him with the bases loaded. I don't care what his pitch count was. It was just a great effort."

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