Toronto (37-37) at Washington (43-30)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 25, 2005
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It’s safe to say that the Washington Nationals are enjoying their new home.

Livan Hernandez looks to help the Nationals extend their 11-game home winning streak as they continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at RFK Stadium.

The Nationals beat the Blue Jays 3-0 in Friday’s series opener with President George Bush in attendance for the second time this season. Washington, which moved from Montreal in the offseason, has won 11 straight at RFK and has an NL-leading 25 victories at home.

Brad Wilkerson homered and starter Esteban Loaiza doubled in two runs in his first outing since being scratched from his last start because of a sore neck.

The Nationals, who moved a season-high 13 games above .500, have won 13 of their last 14 at home and are two wins shy of matching the franchise-record home winning streak set by the Expos at Olympic Stadium from Aug. 28-Sept. 15, 1979.

Vernon Wells had three hits and Russ Adams and Gabe Gross each had two for the Blue Jays, who had won three of four.

The Nationals have a good shot at extending their home winning streak with Hernandez on the mound. The Cuban right-hander won his ninth straight decision Monday, allowing two earned runs and eight hits in seven innings of a 7-4 victory over Pittsburgh.

Hernandez is unbeaten in his last 12 starts and has not lost since April 19. The Nationals are 13-3 when he starts this season.

“It makes it a little easier when Livan Hernandez is on the mound, and when you score runs, it makes it easier,” said manager Frank Robinson, who served a one-game suspension Monday on a night when he could let his staff ace control the game.

Hernandez, who threw 107 pitches, has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his starts during his win streak.

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T. Lilly LAD vs. L. Hernandez MIL
10-11 Record 15-10
5.56 ERA 3.98
96 K 147
58 BB 84
1.53 WHIP 1.43