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Strasburg (10-0), Nats rally from early hole

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 and won his 13th straight decision despite a rocky beginning, and the Nationals rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Phillies 9-6 on Friday night.

The Nationals scored in five straight innings after trailing 4-0 in the third. Wilson Ramos, Stephen Drew and Danny Espinosa homered off former Ray Jeremy Hellickson, and Daniel Murphy drove in three runs with two doubles.

Tommy Joseph homered twice for the Phillies, who have lost 11 of 14.

Strasburg (10-0) labored early but finished strong, retiring the final 14 batters he faced after Joseph's two-run homer in the third. The right-hander allowed four runs, five hits with one walk over seven innings.

Strasburg is the first NL pitcher since Juan Agosto in 1988 to start 10-0. It was the seventh time in 13 starts that he's had double-digit strikeouts.

Strasburg's winning streak, already a franchise record, matches the longest in D.C. baseball history since Walter Johnson won 13 in a row for the Washington Senators in 1924.

"I wasn't going to change my approach," Strasburg said. "I gave up a few runs there early, but I was going to keep pounding away."

Jayson Werth's two-run double off Hellickson cut the deficit in half during the bottom of third. Ramos' and Drew's long balls tied the score at 4 in the fourth.

Murphy hit into a double play to end Washington's third-inning rally, but found redemption in the fifth with a go-ahead double. Murphy and Drew hit RBI doubles in the seventh for a 9-4 lead.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth inning for his 16th save.

The Nationals returned home after going 6-3 on a three-city trip that began with a three-game sweep at Philadelphia.

Nationals 9

Phillies 6

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