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RHP Stephen Strasburg got the start on Sunday at home against the Phillies. He gave up a single on the first pitch of the game to Jimmy Rollins but then did not allow another hit until the fourth. Strasburg went the distance for his first major league complete game as he threw a four-hit shutout in the 6-0 victory. "What a great job," said manager Davey Johnson. "He was still throwing hard at the end." Strasburg threw 99 pitches -- he had gone eight innings in three previous starts this year. "It is a good feeling," he said of his first big-league complete game, as he had 10 strikeouts with one walk. "You are drained as the game goes along." Said his catcher, Wilson Ramos: "I was very excited for him. He threw the ball very good."

2B Anthony Rendon told the Washington Post his forearm is "fine" even though he was kept out of the lineup Sunday. Rendon is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.

2B Steve Lombardozzi got the start at second for Anthony Rendon, who got the day off. Lombardozzi has not been able to break into the starting lineup the past two years. First he backed up Danny Espinosa -- now at Syracuse -- and now backs up Rendon. Lombardozzi has a single in the second and reached on a fielder's choice in the fourth and had a single in the fifth. He has his third hit in the seventh and upped his average to .260.

RF Jayson Werth, who had his 1,000th hit Saturday, has an RBI single in the first and had a single in the fifth against his former team. He had three hits before he was replaced late in the game by Roger Bernadina in right field. Manager Davey Johnson said Werth tweaked his right knee on a slide into home. "He should be okay for Tuesday," said Johnson, whose team has off Monday. "He has been a shining example of how we need to hit." The manager said Werth prides himself on taking pitches but has also pounds the ball on first-pitch offerings at times. Werth is hitting .328 and was the NL player of the month for July and leads the majors in batting average since July 1.

LHP Gio Gonzalez will get the start at home Tuesday against the Giants. He is 2-2, 2.87 in his career against the Giants.

RHP Ross Ohlendorf made a rehab appearance on Saturday and gave up five hits and one run in three innings. He got the loss for Triple-A Syracuse against Pawtucket. He went on the disabled list Aug. 4 due to right shoulder inflammation.

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