KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stephen Strasburg likes to time his journey from the bullpen to the dugout before a game to minimize the time he has to sit on the bench.
He had to wait what seemed like an eternity Wednesday.
The Nationals scored six off Kris Medlen in the first inning, taking advantage of three errors and a slew of hits before Strasburg ever got on the mound. Washington proceeded to rout Kansas City 13-2 and take the rubber game of their three-game set.
"It might sound strange, but it made it a little more difficult," said Strasburg, who pitched six tidy innings. "You have to trick your mind into thinking it's a 0-0 game."
Daniel Murphy finished a triple shy of the cycle and slumping slugger Bryce Harper also homered as the Nationals pounded out 16 hits. The NL East leaders open a series at the majors-best Cubs tonight.
Medlen's ERA rose to 20.65 in two starts at Kauffman Stadium this season.
"It just wasn't Medlen's day," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He just couldn't get it going, and the defense didn't help him."