Stephen Strasburg so badly wanted to start the Washington Nationals' first game after the break that he gave up the chance to pitch in the All-Star Game in his hometown of San Diego.
His 13th victory was a reward for that.
Strasburg allowed one run and three hits with six strikeouts in eight masterful innings as the Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Friday night. Strasburg (13-0) has won 16 consecutive decisions dating to September, a franchise record for starting pitchers.
"He got probably some grief by not pitching in the All-Star Game, but he was doing what he thought was best for us and for him," manager Dusty Baker said. "Boy, that...