Former Bulldog and Rebel shine in MLB play

By The Associated Press


TORONTO (AP) — Stephen Strasburg won his fifth straight start, Tyler Moore (Mississippi State) hit the first two home runs of his career and Washington finished a three-game sweep of Toronto.

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 also swept Boston, 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 on Tuesday.

Moore went 3 for 4 with five RBIs.

Jose Bautista hit his 19th home run for Toronto against Strasburg (8-1), but the Blue Jays (31-32) lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell below .500 for the first time this season.

Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek (4-7) was forced to leave after suffering an apparent injury. Drabek lost for the third time in four starts, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn (Ole Miss) struck out a career-high 12 to stay tied for the major league lead in wins and Carlos Beltran hit his NL-best 19th home run Wednesday night, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the White Sox that ended Chicago’s eight-game road winning streak.

Beltran homered in the third inning off Jake Peavy (6-2) and had three of the four hits for the Cardinals, who have scored only seven runs in the last five games and totaled a single run for the third straight game. They have won just five of 14.

Lynn (10-2) allowed three hits in 7 1-3 innings and joined the Mets’ R.A. Dickey as the only 10-game winners in the majors.

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