Strasburg lasts 3 innings, Nationals rout Astros

By the Associated Press | September 11, 2011 | 4:40 PM EDT

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg warms up in front of a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial ribbon prior to a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg allowed one run over three innings in his second start back from Tommy John surgery, and the Washington Nationals hit three consecutive home runs in an 8-2 win against the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Strasburg didn't display the same efficiency as he did in his return Tuesday. The right-hander needed 31 pitches to get out of the first inning, although he settled down and finished with six straight outs. He allowed three hits and struck out four in his 57-pitch outing.

Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Zimmerman all went deep off Houston starter Henry Sosa (2-4) to start the Nationals' third inning.