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Nationals 6, Phillies 0


Nationals 6, Phillies 0: Stephen Strasburg notched his first career shutout and initial complete game as host Washington completed a three-game sweep of skidding Philadelphia.

Strasburg (6-9) struck out 10 and allowed four hits to halt a five-start winless streak as the Nationals sent the Phillies to their 11th consecutive road defeat. It was Strasburg's second double-digit strikeout game of the season and 10th of his career.

Jayson Werth and Steve Lombardozzi each had three hits and an RBI and Denard Span and Wilson Ramos each had run-scoring singles among their two hits to lift Washington to its first sweep since taking three straight from San Diego from July 5-7.

Werth, who had his second straight three-hit game and finished 7-for-12 in the series, put the Nationals on the board with an RBI single in the first inning off Kyle Kendrick (10-9). The Nationals extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on RBI singles by Ramos and Span before breaking it open with a three-run fifth.

After loading the bases with no out, Ramos scored when Phillies second baseman Chase Utley's throw to the plate got past catcher Erik Kratz. Ian Desmond alertly dashed home from second on the play and Lombardozzi followed with a run-scoring single to right to make it 6-0 and chase Kendrick, who gave up six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Werth is batting .522 (24-for-46) in his last 15 games has tormented his former team this year with a .459 average (17-for-37), four homers and 11 RBIs in 10 games. ... The Phillies endured their first sweep of at least three games by the Nationals/Expos since they were swept four games at Montreal in 2003. ... Manager Charlie Manuel remains one victory shy of 1,000 career wins for Philadelphia, which opens a three-game series at Atlanta on Monday while the Nationals have a day off before hosting San Francisco in a three-game set.