PHILADELPHIA – A four-day break didn't slow down the streaking Washington Nationals.
Stephen Strasburg struck out six in six innings, Victor Robles hit a two-run single and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 Friday night.
Strasburg (11-4) gave up seven hits and walked one to continued his dominance over the Phillies. He's 13-2 against them, 6-0 in Philadelphia.
The second-place Nationals have won 16 of 20 and moved 11/2 games ahead of the Phillies, who are 14-22 since leading the NL East by 31/2 games May 29.
“In the past, when we had a long layoff, there was a tendency to be flat,” Strasburg said. “I think this year we had guys who were in that situation and we weren't going to be lackadaisical. We played hard.”
Strasburg said he threw during the All-Star break and Nationals manager Dave Martinez said players told him they stayed active.
“I'm really proud of the way they came out,” Martinez said. “They had intensity and they played well.”
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (4-4) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings and actually lowered his ERA to 5.81.
The Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the second when Robles lined a single to right with the bases loaded.
Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly in the third extended the lead to 3-0, but he was robbed of extra bases by center fielder Scott Kingery, who made an acrobatic, diving catch.
YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 0: In New York, Domingo Germán cruised through six innings of three-hit ball, and Edwin Encarnación hit a three-run double to lead New York.
New York has won 17 of 21 and boasts the American League's best record at 58-31.
Germán (11-2) threw just 78 pitches, 54 for strikes, and retired 15 in a row following Eric Sogard's leadoff hit. Germán imited Toronto to three singles and did not walk a batter.