(Reuters) - Cliff Lee gave Stephen Strasburg a master class in pitching as the veteran left-hander upstaged his young opponent to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-0 shutout victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.
Despite being a former Cy Young winner, Lee has endured a difficult season while the 24-year-old Strasburg has continued his rise to prominence.
However, the 33-year-old Lee (2-6) turned the tables in the opener of the three-game series in Washington, forcing seven strikeouts over seven scoreless innings for one of his best outings of 2012.
Kevin Frandsen hit a two-run home run in the second and Jimmy Rollins added a two-run, inside-the-park homer two innings later to make it a short day of work for Strasburg, who exited after the fourth.
Strasburg allowed six runs and eight hits to fall to 11-5 on the season, though the Nationals (61-41) still enjoy a three-game cushion at the top of the National League East.
Philadelphia (46-57) remains bottom of the division, a distant 15 1/2 games behind Washington.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)
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