Washington Nationals Rapid Reactions: Nats Split Doubleheader with Blue Jays

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Jun 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in game two of a double header at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals split their Tuesday doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays, getting outscored 7-5 on the day. Game 1 was a pitcher’s duel between the Nats’ Jordan Zimmermann and Toronto’s R.A. Dickey. Zimmermann went eight scoreless as Washington shut out the Blue Jays’ offense to the tune of a 2-0 final score. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman each had an RBI, while Drew Storen earned his league-leading 17th save of the year.

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In Game 2, Max Scherzer squared off against former National Marco Estrada. Tyler Moore checked in with an RBI double and Harper went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, as the Nats took a 3-1 lead into the 6th inning. Scherzer had pitched well up until that point, but the momentum shifted when center fielder Kevin Pillar hit his second home run of the day, a three run shot into the left field seats that put Toronto up for good.

Blake Treinen came on in relief the following inning, only to load the bases with no outs. He was charged with three earned after Felipe Rivero came in for the final out three batters later. The Jays took Game 2 by a score of 7-3.

While dominant pitching was the theme in Game 1, the Toronto offense put on a show in the nightcap. The Nats now sit at 29-23, first place in the National League East and 0.5 games ahead of the New York Mets. The Blue Jays are 24-30 after snapping a three game losing streak. They are fourth in the American League East, 4.5 games back of the New York Yankees.

Next: Game 1 Takeaways

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