- Associated Press - Friday, May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ian Desmond keyed a 15-hit attack with a three-run homer, Stephen Strasburg pitched six solid innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Friday night.

Jayson Werth and Denard Span had three hits each for Washington, which had lost 6 of 7.

Previously slumping, Washington’s offense has 14 runs and 30 hits in its last two games.

Strasburg (4-4) allowed two unearned runs, though his error led to them, and six hits. He struck out nine and walked one.

It was the eighth straight start in which Strasburg has pitched at least six innings and allowed three runs or less. He improved his ERA to a season-low 3.15.

Adrian Beltre had three hits for Texas, which fell to 6-3 on its 11-game road trip.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis (4-4) allowed six runs, five earned, and nine hits in taking his first road loss.

Strasburg had thrown 88 pitches when manager Matt Williams lifted him in the sixth for a pinch-hitter with two outs and two on.

The moved paid off when Tyler Moore’s double to left scored both runners, increasing Washington’s lead to 6-2.

The Nationals added two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.

Washington trailed 2-0 in the fourth when Werth and Adam LaRoche singled with one out.

Lewis struck out Wilson Ramos, but Desmond sent a 1-0 fastball into the seats in center field for his 10th home run.

Span used his speed to make it 4-2 after he singled in the fifth.

Running on the pitch, he kept going around second on Anthony Rendon’s grounder to third. First baseman Mitch Moreland’s throw back to the third was wild and Span scored on the error.

Texas took the lead during a bizarre second inning.

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