WASHINGTON (AP) — Neither Charlie Manuel nor Jimmy Rollins can remember a stretch quite like the one Philadelphia is enduring now.
Stephen Strasburg pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the first complete game of his career, Jayson Werth had his second straight three-hit game and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep with a 6-0 victory over the Phillies on Sunday night.
Outscored 23-7 over the weekend, Philadelphia has lost 17 of 20. The Phillies never had a runner in scoring position during their 11th straight road loss.
"It's been tough," Manuel said. "Since I've been managing in the major leagues, this is definitely the toughest stretch we've ever had."
The sweep denied Manuel the 1,000th win of his managing career.
At 52-65, the Phillies are three games behind the third-place Mets in the NL East and open a three-game series Monday in Atlanta.
"I'd have to go back and look, but I don't think I've ever had a stretch like this either," shortstop Rollins said. "We've had some stretches where we lost some games in a row, but we'd find a way to put some wins in a row right after that. But it isn't happening right now."
Kevin Frandsen had two of the Phillies' four hits.
Philadelphia had not been swept by the Nationals-Expos franchise in a series of three games or more since losing a four-game series from August 25-28, 2003, while in Montreal.
"Some games we're losing we're getting outplayed, but some games we're not making the right plays," Rollins said.
"We're not making pitches, we're not getting the hits, and that makes it very tough when you're out there playing and you're battling and you hope to come up with the big hit. Sometimes you will, sometimes you won't. We haven't at all."
Strasburg (6-9) dominated the reeling Phillies for his first win since July 7 against San Diego. The Nationals had lost five straight games started by the right-hander.
"He'd get ahead of us with either his fastball or his breaking ball. He's tough," Manuel said. "His breaking ball really set up his fastball later in the middle innings until the end of the game. He was good. Power when he wanted it."