Nationals 6, Blue Jays 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 13, 2012
Stephen Strasburg won his fifth straight start, Tyler Moore hit the first two home runs of his career and the Washington Nationals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Ian Desmond also connected as Washington completed the first undefeated six-game road trip since the franchise relocated from Montreal. The NL East-leading Nationals, who swept Boston at Fenway Park last weekend, outscored the Red Sox and Blue Jays 31-16. Recalled from Triple-A Syracuse last week, Moore started in place of Adam LaRoche, who was out after fouling a ball off his right foot in Tuesday's victory. Moore went 3 for 4 with five RBIs. Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run for Toronto against Strasburg (8-1), a solo shot to left, but the Blue Jays lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell below .500 for the first time this season at 31-32. Strasburg allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight. He threw 89 pitches, 62 for strikes. Craig Stammen worked two innings and Brad Lidge finished for the Nationals, who have won nine of 11 overall. Strasburg improved to 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in six career interleague starts. Washington is 7-2 in interleague play this season. Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek (4-7) was forced to leave the game in the fifth after suffering an apparent injury. Manager John Farrell and the trainer came to the mound after Drabek missed on an 0-1 pitch to Michael Morse. Drabek walked off the field and Aaron Laffey was called out of the bullpen. Drabek lost for the third time in four starts, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out one. Washington opened the scoring against Drabek in the second when Moore lined a two-run double to left-center. Toronto tied it in the third. Rajai Davis led off with a triple and scored on Brett Lawrie's grounder. One out later, Bautista lifted a high drive down the line in left, his fourth homer in six games. Moore restored Washington's lead with his first career homer, a two-run shot into the left field bullpen. He made it 5-2 with a solo drive off Aaron Laffey in the sixth. Desmond chased Laffey with a solo blast into the second deck in left in the eighth, his ninth. NOTES: Toronto placed RHP Brandon Morrow (strained left oblique) on the 15-day DL and recalled INF Yan Gomes from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Washington outscored The Expos went unbeaten on a six-game trip to Houston and Atlanta in July 1988. ... Nationals manager Davey Johnson said LaRoche's injury is not considered serious, adding that he should be ready to play Friday when the team returns home to begin a three-game series against the New York Yankees.
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