The highly anticipated bow of the 2009 first-overall draft pick was everything the Nationals had hoped for and then some, as Strasburg used a blazing, tailing fastball and an assortment of devastating off-speed pitches to baffle the Pirates.
A sellout crowd at Nationals Park cheered on Strasburg (1-0) as he finished his initial outing with a flourish, fanning all three batters in the seventh. He ended up allowing two runs on four hits, walking none and striking out 14, a club record.
Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham socked back-to-back homers in the sixth and Ryan Zimmerman added a solo shot for Washington, which won for just the second time in seven games.
Matt Capps pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his major leagues-best 19th save.
Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens (1-2) was touched for four runs on nine hits over five innings and Delwyn Young hit a two-run homer in the Pirates' defeat.
Nadal defeated Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's men's finals in collecting his fifth French Open title in six years. The win also boosted Nadal back to the No. 1 position in the world men's rankings, costing Roger Federer a chance to tie Pete Sampras's record for weeks as the world's top-ranked player.
It was Nadal's seventh Grand Slam title overall and he's been No. 1 for 48 weeks -- 11th on the all-time chart for weeks at the top.
As familiar as Nadal is in that situation, Schiavone is a new name. She's been on the WTA tour since 1998 but a year ago she was ranked No. 50 and had only three tour titles before Saturday's 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Samantha Stosur in the French Open women's final.
She'd never advanced beyond a Grand Slam quarterfinal before she beat third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in that round last week. She lost one set in her title run -- the first set of her first-round match.
The win also propelled her into the women's Top 10 for the first time in her career, moving her from 17th to sixth in Monday's rankings.
Wimbledon, the year's third tennis major tournament, begins in two weeks.