(Reuters) – Stephen Strasburg followed his dazzling Major League Baseball debut with another steady performance to lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
The 21-year-old power pitcher struck out eight batters and allowed two hits in 5-1/3 innings for his second win despite fighting control on the mound and walking five batters.
Strasburg, the most anticipated prospect in years, allowed just one run but was relieved in the sixth inning after walking consecutive batters to load the bases.
The Nationals gave Strasburg plenty of run support in the sixth as a two-run double from Ivan Rodriguez and a two-run triple by Ian Desmond gave Washington a 6-1 lead.
Strasburg delivered one of the best MLB debuts of all-time on Tuesday when he struck out 14 Pittsburgh batters and allowed just four hits, no walks and struck out the final seven batters he faced before being taken out of the game.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)