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             === Nationals send Phillies to fifth straight loss ===
 
 Washington,  DC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Stephen  Strasburg struck  out 11  over
 seven  strong innings, Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three
 RBI, and the Washington Nationals notched an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia
 Phillies in the middle test of a three-game set Wednesday at Nationals Park.
 
 Strasburg  (5-4) surrendered  four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits without
 issuing  a walk  to pick up his  second straight victory and also added an RBI
 and a run scored at the plate.
 
 "(I'm)  just  trying to go out  there and do  my job, that's the bottom line,"
 said  Strasburg. "Some teams  I pitch well against and others I don't. I guess
 it's just how I'm feeling at the time."
 
 Denard  Span and  Danny Espinosa  each  added two  hits  and two  RBI for  the
 Nationals, who have won four of their last five games.
 
 A.J. Burnett (3-5) absorbed the loss after giving up eight runs on 10 hits and
 four  walks  over six innings. John  Mayberry, Jr. ripped a two-run, pinch-hit
 homer for the Phillies, who have dropped five straight games.
 
 "There  were a  couple  of  long at-bats  and  then I  made  a  mistake up  to
 Espinosa,"  said Burnett. "A  few things here and there that I don't do that I
 need get back to doing what I do."
 
 Washington  scored four runs in the fourth. Adam LaRoche doubled before Wilson
 Ramos and Ian Desmond walked to load the bases with one out. Espinosa followed
 with a two-run double off the wall in right. Strasburg's run-scoring single to
 center and Span's RBI fielder's choice made it 4-0.
 
 The  Phillies got two  runs back in the fifth. Domonic Brown singled to right,
 moved  to  second on LaRoche's  error and crossed  the plate on Reid Brignac's
 double  to  left. Brignac moved  to third when  Ben Revere grounded out. After
 Burnett  struck out  swinging, Jimmy  Rollins hit  a sharp  grounder down  the
 first-base  line  that LaRoche was  able to stop.  Strasburg ran over to cover
 first  but was unable to control LaRoche's throw, allowing Brignac to score on
 the play to bring the visitors within 4-2.
 
 Rendon's  leadoff homer  in the  home half  made it  5-2 before  the Nationals
 tacked  on  three more runs  in the sixth. With  one out, Espinosa singled and
 stole  second before Strasburg walked. Span followed with an RBI double before
 Rendon's two-run single made it an 8-2 contest.
 
 Mayberry  entered as a  pinch-hitter for Burnett in the seventh and hit a two-
 run homer to center to slice Philadelphia's deficit to 8-4.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  game was delayed 1 hour, 48 minutes before the start of the bottom of the
 seventh  due to  rain ...  The Phillies  have been  outscored 26-6  over their
 last  three  games ... Philadelphia  finished 1-for-10 with runners in scoring
 position and left seven men on base ... Washington went 4-for-11 with RISP and
 stranded six baserunners.
 
 06/05 02:48:43 ET