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June 13, 2012 - 11:15 PM

TORONTO - 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 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.

ORIOLES 7, PIRATES 1

BALTIMORE (AP) — Substitute starter Jake Arrieta tied a career high with nine strikeouts over seven innings, Wilson Betemit had a season-high three hits and drove in three runs, and Baltimore beat Pittsburgh for its fourth straight victory.

Chris Davis hit a broken-bat homer and had three RBIs for the Orioles, whose four-game home winning streak is a season high. Baltimore clinched its third successive series win.

Pittsburgh, which won five consecutive series before coming to Baltimore, has lost back-to-back games for the first time since May 22-23.

Arrieta (3-8) was dominant in ending a six-game losing streak. He gave up one run and seven hits. Arrieta filled in for scheduled starter Brian Matusz, who fouled a baseball off his nose Tuesday during bunting practice.

Betemit went 3 for 3 and gave the Orioles a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning against Kevin Correia (2-6) with his eighth homer.

REDS 5, INDIANS 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips had another strong game against his former team, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs as Cincinnati topped Cleveland.

Phillips' two-run shot in the seventh inning made it 58 straight games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park since July 29, the longest active streak in the majors.

Phillips also had an RBI single off Derek Lowe (7-5) and three hits overall against the team that traded him at the start of the 2006 season. Phillips is a .347 career hitter against Cleveland.

Mat Latos (5-2) pitched seven innings in place of Mike Leake, one of several Reds hit hard by a stomach virus. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances, giving up a solo homer by Jose Lopez with two outs.

Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 20 games, matching the longest in the majors this season.

METS 9, RAYS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — R.A. Dickey allowed only an infield single during his second career one-hitter and broke the New York Mets' record for consecutive scoreless innings in a victory over Tampa Bay.

Dickey (10-1) became the first 10-game winner in the major leagues and ran his career-best shutout streak to 32 2-3 innings before yielding an unearned run in the ninth. That topped the previous club mark of 31 2-3 scoreless innings set by Jerry Koosman in 1973.

B.J. Upton's high bouncer to third base in the first inning was the lone hit off Dickey, who set a career best with 12 strikeouts and didn't walk a batter. The 37-year-old knuckleballer permitted only one other baserunner, on a throwing error by third baseman David Wright in the ninth.

Dickey outpitched AL wins leader David Price (8-4). In his last five outings, the right-hander has struck out 50 and walked three. He is 8-0 in his past 10 starts.

According to STATS LLC, the matchup was only the second since 1921 to feature the AL and NL wins leaders during the regular season.

YANKEES 3, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the streaking New York Yankees completed their second straight three-game sweep with a win over Atlanta.

Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) gave up two runs in six innings and set a season high with eight strikeouts. He stranded runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings before giving up Brian McCann's two-run shot in the fifth. Granderson answered an inning later with his 19th homer.

Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the first inning for the Yankees, who have surged into first place in the AL East with sweeps of the Mets and Braves.

Rafael Soriano gave up a single to Chipper Jones with two outs in the ninth before capping his 11th save by getting Jason Heyward to hit a popup to second base.

The Braves had runners in scoring position in six innings and went 2 for 13 in that situation.

Tim Hudson (4-3) gave up the lead before he could record an out in the sixth. He gave up three runs and six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

RED SOX 10, MARLINS 2

MIAMI (AP) — Felix Doubront allowed three hits while pitching a career-high seven innings, and Boston beat reeling Miami.

Doubront (7-3), coming off the worst start of his career, retired 16 in a row and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He struck out nine and allowed two runs. The left-hander hadn't pitched more than 6 1-3 innings in his 15 previous career starts.

David Ortiz hit his 15th homer and drove in three runs. Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of RBI singles, and Scott Podsednik scored twice, drove in a run and had two hits to hike his average to .373.

The Red Sox took two of three from the Marlins, who went 1-8 on their homestand and were outscored 56-17.

Doubront had a 4-0 lead before the Marlins' first hit — a homer by Jose Reyes.

Ricky Nolasco (6-5) allowed four runs, three earned, in six innings.

RANGERS 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Craig Gentry hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning, and Matt Harrison combined with two relievers on a six-hitter as Texas beat Arizona.

Mike Napoli drew a leadoff walk in the eighth off rookie left-hander Wade Miley (7-3) before a sacrifice bunt by Yorvit Torrealba. After pinch-hitter Nelson Cruz struck out, Gentry, the No. 9 batter hitting .340, hit a hard one-hopper over the glove of third baseman Ryan Roberts into left field.

Mike Adams (1-2) retired the only two batters he faced after replacing Harrison, who has pitched 16 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings. Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Texas has won seven straight against the Diamondbacks, who were shut out for only the second time this season. The Rangers have won 28 of 40 games against National League opponents.

CARDINALS 1, WHITE SOX 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn 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 totalled a single run for the third straight game. They've won just five of 14.

Lynn (10-2) allowed three hits in 7 1-3 innings and joined Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who threw a one-hitter at Tampa Bay earlier in the night, as the only 10-game winners in the majors.

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