Ryan Zimmerman made up for lost time and immediately tested the injury that resulted in a lengthy absence.
Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Washington Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night.
There is still competition for the fifth spot in the Nationals starting rotation, but the person many thought was the odds-on favorite to win the job, Ross Detwiler, will not be one of the contenders.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched a two-hitter and picked up his NL-leading 19th win Friday night, leading the barely-still-alive Washington Nationals to an 8-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Strasburg (3-5) allowed five hits in eight innings, walked none and struck out a season-high nine, giving up a run in the eighth on his first big league balk.
Nats pitcher Brad Lidge previews season and wowed by Bryce Harper.
Stephen Lombardozzi, the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year, got his first big league hit to give the Nationals a 3-2 win over the Mets.
The Nationals drop the final game of the series against the Braves 5-2.
The Nationals fall short as Derek Lowe limits the Nationals to three hits as they fall to the Braves 3-1.
The Nationals take a 4-1 win from the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.