Then all was quiet until the bottom of the third, when the Washington Nationals’ offense exploded against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson.
Denard Span singled to lead off the inning and stole second when Anthony Rendon stepped up to the plate. Rendon then singled, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Jayson Werth then singled to drive in Span.
After a mound visit, Bryce Harper then singled to load the bases. Anderson was then yanked from the game in favor of Eury De La Rosa. Asdrubal Cabrera greeted the new arm with a double, scoring all three men on base.
When all was said and done, the Nats plated six runs in the frame.
Another single in the bottom of the sixth from Desmond scored Rendon and Werth to bring the Nats’ run total to eight runs. That is where it would stay.
Strasburg was magnificent, going eight strong innings allowing just three hits, a walk and that one run surrendered in the first. He struck out four along the way and lowered his ERA to 3.41.
Jerry Blevins came in for the ninth inning, striking out two in the perfect frame.