Stephen Strasburg looks to continue his outstanding run at home and hand the Phillies their 11th straight road loss in the series finale Sunday night.
Jayson Werth had three hits, including his 17th home run, as the Nationals (56-60) rallied from an early 4-0 deficit for an 8-5 victory that extended Philadelphia's worst road losing streak since a 12-game skid from Aug. 28-Sept. 14, 1999.
Darin Ruf and Domonic Brown homered for the Phillies (52-64), who have averaged 2.1 runs while batting .199 during their slide. Michael Young (4 for 32), Kevin Frandsen (3 for 19) and Carlos Ruiz (4 for 24) are among those scuffling on the road."When you start losing and you find different ways to lose every night it becomes tough," said manager Charlie Manuel , whose next win will be his 1,000th. "You've got to fight through it."
It doesn't figure to get any easier against Strasburg (5-9, 3.01 ERA), who hopes to lead Washington to its first sweep since taking three straight from San Diego from July 5-7.
The right-hander has pitched particularly well at Nationals Park with a 1.76 ERA in 12 starts, though he's been given an average of 2.5 runs of support while going 4-4 there.
This time, the Nationals are swinging the bats with some confidence. They're 10 for 21 with 14 RBIs with runners in scoring position in this series following a stretch in which they went 7 for 56 with 10 RBIs in those situations while dropping six of eight.
Werth, a former Phillies star, has certainly been on a tear, going 21 for 42 (.500) over his last 14 games."He's absolutely raking right now," said teammate Bryce Harper . "I'm just trying to touch his bat so I can get some hits in there."
Strasburg is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four career starts versus the Phillies, but had a dominant performance the last time he faced them in the nation's capital. He struck out nine while yielding one run and five hits over eight innings in a 6-1 win May 26.
Jimmy Rollins homered off Strasburg in Washington last season for his only hit in 12 career at-bats in this matchup. Ruiz has had the most success with a homer and a double in four at-bats.
The Phillies hope to avoid their 17th loss in 20 games overall behind Kyle Kendrick (10-8, 4.36), who has been struggling with a 3-4 record and 6.93 ERA over his last seven starts.
The right-hander allowed five runs over six innings Tuesday, though he retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced and Philadelphia rallied to beat the Cubs 9-8.
Kendrick limited the Nationals to two runs over 14 2-3 innings in a pair of home starts, but was tagged for five runs and eight hits over five innings in a 5-2 loss at Washington on May 24.
Ian Desmond is 1 for 8 against Kendrick this season, but he's 7 for 15 in his last four games against the Phillies.
Harper has had success when facing Kendrick, going 8 for 17 with three doubles, a triple and a homer.
Philadelphia has not been swept in a series of at least three games by the Nationals-Expos franchise since dropping a four-game set from Aug. 25-28, 2003, while in Montreal.
|July 29, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 14, 2013||Joe Savery||15-Day DL||Left elbow stiffness|
|July 14, 2013||Ben Revere||15-Day DL||Broken right foot - out 6-8 weeks|
|August 01, 2013||Ross Ohlendorf||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|July 24, 2013||Ian Desmond||Day-to-Day||Blister|
|July 24, 2013||Bryce Harper||Day-to-Day||Left knee soreness|
|July 04, 2013||Ross Detwiler||60-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|June 23, 2013||Dan Haren||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 23, 2013||Jayson Werth||Day-to-Day||Left game - left groin strain|
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stephen 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 reeling Phillies for his first win since July 7 against San Diego. The Nationals had lost five straight games started by the right-hander.
The Phillies never had a runner in scoring position during their 11th straight road loss. Philadelphia has lost nine of 11 overall.
Washington scored two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth against Kyle Kendrick (10-9), who surrendered 11 hits over 5 1-3 innings.
Werth, who had a go-ahead, two-run homer among his three hits Saturday, delivered an RBI single in the first inning to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
Steve Lombardozzi also had three hits, including an RBI single.
The sweep denied Phillies manager Charlie Manuel the 1,000th win of his career.
Philadelphia had not been swept by the Nationals-Expos franchise since losing a four-game series from August 25-28, 2003, while in Montreal.
In between wins, Strasburg went 0-3 with 4.93 ERA in five starts. Two of Strasburg's six victories on the season have come against the Phillies.
Strasburg's biggest stress came starting the second inning. He winced after throwing a second straight ball to Domonic Brown , leading to a visit from the Nationals' training staff.
After walking Brown on four pitches - the only walk he issued - Strasburg struck out Darin Ruf and Cody Asche on his way to retiring 14 of the next 15 batters. The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in 11 of 13 home starts.
Making his fourth start against the Nationals this season, Kendrick allowed six runs, four earned. He has allowed 14 earned runs over his last 13 1-3 innings.
Wilson Ramos and Denard Span each had RBI singles in the fourth inning.
Chase Utley 's throwing error in the fifth allowed two runners to score. Lombardozzi tacked on an RBI single for the Nationals' third run of the inning.
Kevin Frandsen had two of the Phillies' four hits.
Notes: The Nationals scored 23 runs in the three-game series after totaling 20 in their previous eight games. ... Philadelphia's last road win came July 19 at Cincinnati in its first game after the All-Star break....The Phillies' road trip continues at Atlanta on Monday with LHP Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.81 ERA) facing RHP Julio Teheran (9-5, 2.96). ... Following a day off, Washington hosts San Francisco. Tuesday's series opener pits LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-5, 3.52 ERA) against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.75 ERA).