MLB Wrap: Harper homers in return, Nats win

MLB Wrap: Harper homers in return, Nats win
July 1, 2013, 10:45 pm
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WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list and his Washington Nationals teammates quickly joined in, beating the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 on Monday night.

After missing 31 games with bursitis in his left knee - the most lingering fallout from his collision with the Dodger Stadium wall - Harper energized the Nationals and sparked their second rout in two days. After toying with .500 for the entire month of June, Washington moved two games above the break-even mark for the first time since late May.

Jayson Werth had five RBIs, and even pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was an offensive juggernaut with a team-high three hits, including a double to start a five-run third inning and a single to open a two-run fourth.

Working with an 8-0 lead, Zimmermann (12-3) pitched six innings and allowed four runs to tie unbeaten Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers for the major league lead in wins (see full recap).

Fernandez strikes out 10, Fish top Padres
MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez struck out 10 and allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings, and the Miami Marlins matched a season high with their third consecutive victory by beating the San Diego Padres 4-0 Monday night.

Jeff Mathis delivered the big hit for the second game in a row, raising his batting average to .154. He hit a three-run double in the sixth, when the Marlins scored four unearned runs off Jason Marquis.

Mathis' ninth-inning grand slam beat the Padres on Sunday.

Fernandez (5-4) equaled a career high in strikeouts, walked one and threw 100 pitches before departing for a pinch-hitter. Steve Cishek entered with two on and got the final out for his 15th save in 17 chances, completing a three-hitter.

Fernandez improved to 3-1 with an ERA of 1.34 over his past six starts (see full recap).

Dickey wins again, Jays beat slumping Tigers
TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey threw a faster floater, and that meant trouble for the Detroit Tigers.

The knuckleballer won again, Jose Reyes and Mark DeRosa homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Tigers 8-3 on Monday for their seventh straight home win.

The Blue Jays delighted a sellout crowd of 45,766 on Canada Day with their 11th victory in 13 games at Rogers Centre.

Coming off his two-hit shutout against Tampa Bay, Dickey (8-8) was sharp and won for the third time in four starts. The knuckleballer allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking one.

"Just another great outing," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Second one in a row. I see more bite on his knuckleball than we've seen in the past a little bit," (see full recap).

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