The Washington Nationals look to match the franchise record for consecutive home wins and finish off a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays as the teams wrap up their interleague series at RFK Stadium.
The Nationals beat the Blue Jays 5-2 on Saturday for their 12th straight victory at home. Washington, which leads the National League with 26 home wins, is one home win shy of the franchise mark, set by the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium from Aug. 28-Sept. 15, 1979.
The win also put the Nationals a season-high 14 games above .500 for the first time since May 25, 2003, when the Expos were 32-18.
Marlon Byrd drove in two runs and Nick Johnson added an RBI for the Nationals, who won Saturday despite managing just six hits. Staff ace Livan Hernandez won his career-best 10th straight decision for Washington, which has won three straight and five of six overall.
“We don’t kill people with our offense,” Robinson said. “Tonight we maximized our hits, to say the least.”
Greg Zaun went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks for the Blue Jays, who have lost two straight and five of eight.
Toronto will send rookie Gustavo Chacin to the mound Sunday. Chacin, who went 4-1 in April, is coming off a pair of tough outings.
Pitching on three days’ rest after lasting just 2 1-3 innings in his previous start on June 17, Chacin allowed six runs—just one earned—and five hits in five innings of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to Baltimore. All five of the runs he allowed in the first inning were unearned.
He has allowed 10 runs in his last two starts—the most he’s ever given up in consecutive outings.
“They got enough wood on some of his pitches. It was just one of those innings where things unraveled in a hurry, but I thought he was throwing the ball very well,” Zaun said.