Strasburg K's career-high 15, Nats down Padres 3-0

WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg downplayed any notion that starting pitchers on the same team attempt to top each other. On the mound one day after Max Scherzer overwhelmed the San Diego Padres, the right-hander did just that.

Strasburg dominated San Diego with a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing three hits over seven innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.

Strasburg (6-1) singled and scored Washington's first run on Bryce Harper's RBI fielder's choice grounder in the third inning. Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game.

San Diego's lineup offered little resistance against Strasburg the day after Scherzer struck out 13 in Washington's 5-1 win.

''Piece of cake, huh,?'' cracked Chris Speier, who is serving as acting manager with Dusty Baker away this weekend to attend his son Darren's high school graduation in California.

San Diego had six hits and struck out 31 times - 17 Saturday - in the two losses.

''I know when you have those type of combinations,'' Speier said of Strasburg and Scherzer, ''they feed off each other. There's a little competitiveness within the starting pitchers that is very healthy. . It's win-win for us.''

With four pitches working, Strasburg struck out the side in the third and sixth and had at least two in each of the first six innings. His single matched the Padres' hit total through five innings.

Strasburg previously struck out 14 batters twice including his Major League debut on June 8, 2010. He set a personal best by setting down Franchy Cordero in the seventh.

''It's pretty cool, but there's another game 5, 6 days from now,'' said the low-key pitcher. ''Maybe I'll enjoy it tonight, but back to work tomorrow.''

The San Diego native is 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA for his career against his hometown team.

Matt Albers pitched the eighth and Koda Glover the ninth for his fifth save.

Clayton Richard (3-6) followed up his complete-game victory over the Diamondbacks on May 21 by allowing three runs and 10 hits over six innings.

One out after Anthony Rendon's leadoff single in the sixth, Taylor drove a pitch over the wall in center field for his fourth homer of the season.

''You stay in a one-run game, momentum's different,'' a frustrated Richard stated. ''We have a different attitude, it changes a lot of things.''

Washington has won two straight and five of six.

San Diego is 5-13 since May 9.

San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the first following a single, a throwing error by first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Cory Spangenberg's four-pitch walk. Strasburg ended the threat by striking out Austin Hedges on three pitches.

The Padres had two singles in the sixth, but Strasburg recorded strikeouts for the final two outs.

''Sometimes with the best pitchers in the game if you don't get them in the first three innings they get harder and harder to get to,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''We had our chance in the first we didn't take advantage of it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: OF Manuel Margot was placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday retroactive to May 25 with a strained right calf. San Diego's primary center fielder left Wednesday's game with calf soreness and was in a walking boot ahead of Friday's series opener. Cordero was called up from Triple-A El Paso. The outfielder made his Major League debut by striking out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. Speier said Murphy was dealing with an illness but was available if needed.

FITS LIKE A GLOVER

Washington entered Saturday tied for the NL lead with nine blown saves. Glover entered the last two games with save opportunities and converted both. Recently moved into the closer role, Glover has pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts since being reinstated from the DL on May 12.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.74) is 2-4 with a 10.94 ERA in six road starts this season.

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (2-0, 5.32) allowed one run and five hits over eight innings on May 23 against Seattle for his second victory.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (6-1)L: C. Richard (3-6)S: K. Glover (5)
  • HR: WAS - M. Taylor (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Cordoba LF40100011.301.348.446.7940.5
Y. Solarte 1B40100011.240.328.343.6710.5
R. Schimpf 3B40000033.162.297.430.726-1.5
H. Renfroe RF40100012.231.286.440.7250.5
C. Spangenberg 2B30000122.235.262.294.5560.0
A. Hedges C40000035.205.262.397.660-1.5
E. Aybar SS30000010.196.273.311.5841.5
M. Szczur CF30000021.214.308.321.629-1.0
C. Richard P20000021.211.250.211.461-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Richard in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40100021.244.274.425.699-1.0
J. Werth LF30100100.276.386.455.8412.0
B. Harper RF40110012.337.447.6751.1221.5
R. Zimmerman 1B40200003.365.403.6951.0982.0
A. Rendon 3B31200102.291.391.527.9187.0
M. Wieters C40000023.279.351.426.777-1.0
M. Taylor CF41221011.274.308.460.7697.5
W. Difo 2B40000003.176.247.270.5170.0
S. Strasburg P31100022.130.130.261.3911.0
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K. Glover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Werth (5), A. Rendon (10)
    • HR - M. Taylor (4)
    • RBI - B. Harper (41), M. Taylor 2 (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Aybar (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Rendon (3)
    • CS - T. Turner (2), J. Werth (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - C. Spangenberg, Y. Solarte, E. Aybar
    • E - R. Schimpf (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Turner (3), R. Zimmerman (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Richard (L, 3-6)6.010331514.331.434.5
    C. Stammen2.00001305.021.366.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Richard (L, 3-6)6.0
    C. Stammen2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Strasburg (W, 6-1)7.030011502.941.0534.5
    M. Albers (H, 5)1.00000101.400.783.5
    K. Glover (S, 5)1.00000102.350.9110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Strasburg (W, 6-1)7.0
    M. Albers (H, 5)1.0
    K. Glover (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 113-74, C. Stammen 33-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 9-2, C. Stammen 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Richard 27, C. Stammen 8
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 108-76, M. Albers 12-9, K. Glover 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 5-3, M. Albers 1-1, K. Glover 2-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, M. Albers 3, K. Glover 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    NationalsWAS30-18
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Cordoba LF40100011.301.348.446.7940.5
    Y. Solarte 1B40100011.240.328.343.6710.5
    R. Schimpf 3B40000033.162.297.430.726-1.5
    H. Renfroe RF40100012.231.286.440.7250.5
    C. Spangenberg 2B30000122.235.262.294.5560.0
    A. Hedges C40000035.205.262.397.660-1.5
    E. Aybar SS30000010.196.273.311.5841.5
    M. Szczur CF30000021.214.308.321.629-1.0
    C. Richard P20000021.211.250.211.461-1.0
    a- F. Cordero PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    C. Stammen P0000-000.000.333.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Richard in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Turner SS40100021.244.274.425.699-1.0
    J. Werth LF30100100.276.386.455.8412.0
    B. Harper RF40110012.337.447.6751.1221.5
    R. Zimmerman 1B40200003.365.403.6951.0982.0
    A. Rendon 3B31200102.291.391.527.9187.0
    M. Wieters C40000023.279.351.426.777-1.0
    M. Taylor CF41221011.274.308.460.7697.5
    W. Difo 2B40000003.176.247.270.5170.0
    S. Strasburg P31100022.130.130.261.3911.0
    M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Glover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Werth (5), A. Rendon (10)
      • HR - M. Taylor (4)
      • RBI - B. Harper (41), M. Taylor 2 (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Aybar (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Rendon (3)
      • CS - T. Turner (2), J. Werth (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Spangenberg, Y. Solarte, E. Aybar
      • E - R. Schimpf (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Turner (3), R. Zimmerman (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard (L, 3-6)6.010331514.331.434.5
      C. Stammen2.00001305.021.366.5
      Total8.01033281---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard (L, 3-6)6.0
      C. Stammen2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Strasburg (W, 6-1)7.030011502.941.0534.5
      M. Albers (H, 5)1.00000101.400.783.5
      K. Glover (S, 5)1.00000102.350.9110.5
      Total9.03001170---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Strasburg (W, 6-1)7.0
      M. Albers (H, 5)1.0
      K. Glover (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 113-74, C. Stammen 33-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 9-2, C. Stammen 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 27, C. Stammen 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 108-76, M. Albers 12-9, K. Glover 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 5-3, M. Albers 1-1, K. Glover 2-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, M. Albers 3, K. Glover 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Taylor homered to center, Rendon scored03
      • 3RD INNING
        Harper reached on fielder's choice to first, Strasburg scored, Werth to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Koda Glover relieved Matt Albers
        • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Renfroe grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Ball, Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to second
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Albers relieved Stephen Strasburg
        • A. Cordoba: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cordoba struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte flied out to left
        • R. Schimpf: Foul, Foul, Foul, Schimpf grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Stammen Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
        • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
        • M. Taylor: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon stole second, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • W. Difo: Ball, Difo flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • E. Aybar: Foul, Ball, Aybar grounded out to first
        • M. Szczur: Szczur flied out to shallow center
        • F. Cordero: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cordero struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Stammen pitching
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • J. Werth: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Werth grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Harper: Ball, Harper safe at first on 3rd baseman Schimpf fielding error
        • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Zimmerman flied out to deep right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte singled to left center
        • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schimpf struck out swinging
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Renfroe singled to left, Solarte to second
        • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Foul, Rendon doubled to deep left
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Wieters grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Taylor homered to center, Rendon scored
        • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Difo grounded out to first
        • S. Strasburg: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strasburg struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • M. Szczur: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Szczur struck out swinging
        • C. Richard: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Richard struck out looking
        • A. Cordoba: Foul, Cordoba popped out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Turner singled to left center
        • J. Werth: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Turner picked off at second, pitcher to first to second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Werth walked
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Zimmerman singled to left center, Werth to second
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Werth caught stealing, pitcher to third to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Spangenberg struck out looking
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Hedges popped out to second
        • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Aybar struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon singled to left
        • M. Wieters: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
        • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor singled to left, Rendon to second
        • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Difo grounded out to second, Rendon to third, Taylor to second
        • S. Strasburg: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strasburg struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Solarte struck out looking
        • R. Schimpf: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schimpf struck out swinging
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strasburg singled to right center
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner popped out to second
        • J. Werth: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Werth doubled to deep left, Strasburg to third
        • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Harper reached on fielder's choice to first, Strasburg scored, Werth to third
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zimmerman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Harper out at second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • E. Aybar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Aybar safe at first on shortstop Turner fielding error
        • M. Szczur: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Szczur struck out swinging
        • C. Richard: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Richard struck out bunting foul
        • A. Cordoba: Ball, Aybar stole second, Ball, Cordoba grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wieters popped out to catcher
        • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Taylor grounded out to third
        • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Strasburg Pitching:
        • A. Cordoba: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cordoba singled to right
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Solarte reached on fielder's choice to second, Cordoba to second on 1st baseman Zimmerman fielding error
        • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schimpf struck out looking
        • H. Renfroe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Renfroe grounded out to third, Cordoba to third, Solarte to second
        • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Spangenberg walked
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • J. Werth: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Werth grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper reached on an infield single to second
        • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman reached on an infield single to third, Harper to second
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Rendon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Zimmerman out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)