Moore homers twice as Nats complete sweep of JaysJun 14, 2012 - 1:17 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Tyler Moore hit two home runs and knocked in the first five RBI of his career to lead the Washington Nationals past the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-2, and complete the sweep of a three-game interleague series.
Stephen Strasburg (8-1) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out eight over six innings for Washington, which earned its sixth straight win, including a three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox.
"It's good to get going on the road," said Nats outfielder Bryce Harper. "We went 6-0 against two good teams. It's a good feeling."
Strasburg did not return to the mound for the seventh inning after having a finger on his right hand looked at in the dugout.
It was the Nationals' first undefeated, multi-city road trip since the Montreal Expos swept back-to-back three-game sets in Houston and Atlanta from July 4-10, 1988.
Kyle Drabek (4-7) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks through 4 1/3 innings before leaving with an elbow injury after recording the first out in the fifth.
"He felt a popping sensation in the back of his elbow," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said about Drabek. "Most encouragingly is that he felt no discomfort in the training room afterwards, but when he felt the pop on the mound it was clear that we had to take him out for precautionary reasons."
Jose Bautista hit a homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of their last seven games.
Washington struck first in the second inning after Michael Morse led off the frame with a single that was followed by an Ian Desmond walk. Danny Espinosa's groundout to first moved the runners up to second and third before both crossed the plate on Moore's ground-rule double to center field.
After the Nationals stranded a man on third in the top of the third inning, Toronto managed to tie the game in the bottom of the frame when Rajai Davis slapped a leadoff triple into the right-center field gap and came home on Brett Lawrie's grounder to short.
Two batters later, Bautista hammered a ball over the left-field wall to knot the score at 2-2.
Washington, though, quickly regained the lead for good in the fourth inning when Moore followed Espinosa's one-out single with a blast into the left-field bleachers for his first career home run.
Moore's solo shot to straightaway center field in the sixth inning and Desmond's blast into the second deck in left in the eighth extended the Nationals' cushion to 6-2.
Toronto then stranded a runner on second in the sixth and eighth innings while also leaving a man on third in the seventh to finish the game hitting 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Strasburg has won his last five starts...Washington swept the Blue Jays for just the second time in franchise history. The club's last sweep of Toronto came from June 14-16, 2002 when the team was known as the Montreal Expos...The Nationals improved to 63-69 all-time in interleague play, while Toronto fell to 126-148.
- WASHINGTON: 6
Jun 13 3:32 PM
- Ian Desmond one-out, solo Home Run (9) to left. Danny Espinosa due up.
Nationals 6, Blue Jays 2 Top 8, 1 OutJun 13 2:55 PM
- Tyler Moore one-out, solo Home Run 2 (2) to center. Rick Ankiel due up.
Nationals 5, Blue Jays 2 Top 6, 1 OutJun 13 2:22 PM
- Tyler Moore one-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Danny Espinosa. Rick Ankiel due up.
Nationals 4, Blue Jays 2 Top 4, 1 OutJun 13 1:44 PM
- Jose Bautista two-out, solo Home Run (19) to left. Edwin Encarnacion due up.
Nationals 2, Blue Jays 2 Bot 3, 2 OutsJun 13 1:38 PM
- Colby Rasmus struck out swinging. None on with two outs and Jose Bautista due up.
Nationals 2, Blue Jays 1 Bot 3, 2 OutsJun 13 1:37 PM
- Rick Ankiel flied out to right. Runner on second with two outs and Jesus Flores due up.
Nationals 2, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 2 OutsJun 13 1:08 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 13 12:39 PM
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