Stephen Strasburg finally got some run support, and finally earned the third win of his much-ballyhooed major league career.
The rookie righthander gave up a homer to the first batter he faced Friday night then shut down San Francisco, allowing three hits in six innings, and Adam Dunn hit two homers, leading the host Washington Nationals past the Giants, 8-1.
It was Strasburg's first win in nearly a month.
Frequently clocked at 99 mph on the outfield scoreboard, and mixing in knee-buckling breaking balls, Strasburg (3-2, 2.32 ERA) finished with eight strikeouts and one walk. The No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft departed in style, striking out Pat Burrell swinging on a 98 mph fastball to end the sixth, then collecting handshakes and high-fives in the dugout.
After the "He did what?!" beginning to Strasburg's stay in Washington - 2-0, 2.19 ERA, 22 strikeouts in 121/3 innings in his first two starts, on June 8 and 13 - he went 0-2 over his next four appearances. One problem: Entering Friday, the Nationals scored one run for Strasburg over the previous 25 innings he was in the game - and zero over his past 18.
They took care of that against Matt Cain (6-8), who has lost four straight decisions. He allowed eight runs - seven earned - and 11 hits in 62/3 innings.
Red Sox 14, Blue Jays 3
Indians 9, Rays 3