WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg pitched three-hit ball over six shutout innings and drove in two runs, rebounding from his poorest outing this season to lead the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Sunday.
Strasburg (12-5) struck out six and walked one, extending his scoreless streak against the Marlins to 27 innings. He hit a two-run single in the second and raised his batting average to .343 (12 for 35) with seven RBIs.
Strasburg has a 2.97 ERA in 127 1/3 innings. The right-hander is pitching his first full major league season following reconstructive elbow surgery in 2010. Washington officials say they plan to end his season early, and he is thought to have a limit of about 160 innings, although the Nationals have not been specific.
In his previous start, Tuesday against Philadelphia, Strasburg tied his career high by giving up six runs. Strasburg has allowed four runs or more four times this season and in the following games has gone 4-0 and allowed just two earned runs.
Adam LaRoche also hit a two-run single as the Nationals won three of four from Miami and maintained a three-game lead over second-place Atlanta in the NL East.
Drew Storen pitched a one-hit ninth for his first save since Sept. 28. It was the first save chance for Storen since he returned July 19 from right elbow surgery.
Miami’s Jose Reyes hit a fourth-inning single that extended his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest in the majors this season. Reyes starts a series Tuesday at his former team, the New York Mets.