By Michael Marzzacco
Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals opened up a three game weekend series at Nats Park taking on the Phillies. Strasburg became the first pitcher this season to reach 10 wins and did it with 10 strikeouts while the offense scored nine runs in a 9-6 win.
Strasburg gave up four runs in the first three innings to start the game but that was all he allowed. In the bottom of the third, with Danny Espinosa and Ben Revere on base, Jayson Werth doubled into left field to bring them home and cut the deficit in half.
The Nats tied the game in the fourth with back-to-back jacks. Wilson Ramos homered over the centerfield wall and Stephen Drew followed with a home run into right-center.
Washington took the lead in the fifth with a two run double by Daniel Murphy. In the sixth, Espinosa hit his 10th home run of the season with a line drive shot over the right field wall. The Nats rounded out the scoring in the seventh with RBI doubles by Murphy and Drew.
Strasburg pitched seven innings and the Nationals went to their bullpen in the eighth. Felipe Rivero allowed two runs but struck out two to eliminate further damage. Jonathan Papelbon closed the door in the ninth with his 16th save.
The Nats and Phillies series continues this afternoon with an early 12 noon game.