Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg (L) smiles as he talks to reporters with teammate Ivan Rodriguez (R) at a news conference after recording his first win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in their National League baseball game in Washington, June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)The Nationals shut out the Florida Marlins 4-0 behind six scoreless innings by Stephen Strasburg and a three-run triple by Josh Willingham Friday.

Strasburg struck out seven Marlins and gave up just four hits as he combined with Drew Storen and Matt Capps for the shutout in front of 27,037 fans in Miami.

The game followed a familiar pattern for Strasburg (4-2). As he has a few times in the last month, Strasburg got off to a relatively slow – for him – start. He threw 34 pitches in the first inning, walking two, and looked a little uncomfortable. Then the rookie phenom settled down, and wasn’t dominant but pitched a very good game, giving up just one walk the rest of the way.

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