Harper, Strasburg shine as Nats blank Phillies

Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:47am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit and tied a career high with 14 strikeouts while Bryce Harper homered twice for the Washington Nationals in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

It was the third successive win for Washington (74-70), who gained ground in the National League East after the New York Mets (83-62) lost to the Miami Marlins.

For Strasburg, it was a strikeout number he had not reached since his highly anticipated debut on June 8, 2010.

For Harper, it was a continuation of his surge for the National League MVP award.

"You appreciate the effort and special talent they both have," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of the duo of former top overall draft picks. "And it can be that special on any given night."

Harper went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, two-run shot and an RBI single and raised his home run total to 39, which put him ahead of Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the National League lead.

Strasburg (9-7) was as excellent during his eight-inning outing as he notched his 19th career game with 10 or more strikeouts and second successive game after he struck out 13 New York Mets on Sept. 9.

Third baseman Cody Asche's leadoff single in the fifth inning was the only hit against Strasburg.

The Phillies did not have a runner reach second base the entire game, and the only other batter to reach base was shortstop Freddy Galvis, who drew a first-inning walk.   Continued...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws the ball during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports