The offense helped him out by scoring three early runs against Noah Syndergaard, which ended up being all the Nats would need as they defeated the New York Mets, 3-1.
Syndergaard leaving Friday's game early was the third bit of bad news the Mets have gotten in the last 8 hours or so.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's been more than a century since a National League starting pitcher was as flawless as Stephen Strasburg so far. "I just asked the guys, 'Give me all you've got.' Then you can take a break".
To add insult to injury, the Mets (47-39) lost to the Nationals (52-36) 3-1 to fall back to four games out of the National League East lead.
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes are not going to play in the All-Star Game in San Diego because of injuries. Former Gold Glove victor Juan Lagares replaced Cespedes in center field. Each time, Syndergaard continued pitching and did not miss a start, but he was diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow.
Said Collins: "He just said his arm went dead". Syndergaard still will make the trip to San Diego, where he will be monitored by team staffers accompanying National League manager Terry Collins. "But he said there's no pain". There was no definitive word on how long Syndergaard and Cespedes would be out, but Collins indicated that neither injury was major. They are expected to be examined Saturday.
"It's always a surprise for me when I hit a homer because I don't hit too many", he said. He said "look, the last thing that I wanted to have to do was overthrow, and I didn't feel good'". "So hopefully I'll start the first game back and get the second half going right".
"It just shows how good they swing on days I pitch, I guess", he said, deflecting praise to his teammates.
Fernandez, who has a 1.43 ERA in his career in his home stadium, held the Reds to six hits, no walks and one run, which was unearned. Brandon Nimmo followed with a single, but Strasburg retired the next eight batters. "I thought maybe it was a slider that he didn't finish or something right".
Colorado got a run back in the bottom of the seventh on Trevor Story's RBI single.
On the other side, the Mets had their fair share of injuries tonight.
"Speaks for itself, man", Papelbon said.
This, of course, is just a continuation of Strasburg's entire season, which is now being discussed in historic terms. "So, he's as advertised". But he's still holding a 2.56 ERA with 128 strikeouts (he had 166 throughout last season) and striking out 11.0 per nine innings.
The start was delayed 37 minutes by rain.
The Cardinals continue their pursuit of the Cubs when they start a three-game series in Milwaukee, but they'll do it without star Matt Carpenter.
ASTROS 10, ATHLETICS 9 Luis Valbuena drove in four runs, highlighted by a three-run home run with one out in the ninth, to lift host Houston to a wild victory over Oakland.
Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib cage strain.
Mets: Rookie RHP Seth Lugo relieved Syndergaard with NY trailing 3-0 and tossed two hitless innings.