Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg struggles in season debut vs. Miami Marlins

MIAMI -- Jazz Chisholm bunted for a single on the first pitch of Stephen Strasburg's return from a one-year absence, stole second and the Marlins kept on going in a 7-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night that finished a three-game sweep.

The 33-year-old right-hander, pitching on the 13th anniversary of Washington selecting him with the first overall pick in the amateur draft, allowed seven runs, eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.

"It felt good, and I'm excited to learn from it and get back out there for the next one," Strasburg said. "Fastball command could have been better in certain spots there. I felt the changeup was working pretty well. All in all, it's a place to start and try to build off of it."

Strasburg (0-1) struck out five and hit a batter, throwing 63 of 83 pitches for strikes while averaging 91.9 mph with his fastball.

"He didn't throw 93-94 (mph) but his fastball had ooofff at the end of it," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "There was late action. Now it's a matter of getting back out there every five days and getting him going."

The three-time All-Star and 2019 World Series MVP had not pitched in a major league game since June 1 last year, spending much of the time recovering from surgery on July 28 to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, a compression of nerves, arteries or veins near the neck or armpit. He had made three minor league rehabilitation starts.

The Marlins had been 0-12 in 15 games started by Strasburg since May 5, 2015. His record against them dropped to 21-8.

Trevor Rogers (3-5) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.

Jesus Sanchez homered and doubled against Strasburg, and Chisholm had two bunt singles. Garrett Cooper doubled and singled, giving him six straight multihit games.