Zimmermann, Harper lead Nats over Blue Jays 2-0 in DH opener
WASHINGTON (AP) Kevin Pillar hit two home runs off Max Scherzer, including a go-ahead three-run drive, as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 Tuesday night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched six-hit ball for eight innings in the opener, a 2-0 victory that ended a three-game losing streak.
Bryce Harper had a go-ahead single off R.A. Dickey, then he thrilled a fan before the nightcap by taking a selfie in right field with her phone.
Scherzer (6-4) had won each of his previous five starts and appeared poised for another with a 3-1 lead.
Pillar had other ideas, though. He drove a pitch over the wall in left in the sixth for his second homer and fourth on the season for a 4-3 lead.
Marco Estrada (2-3) pitched six innings in the second game for Toronto, allowing three runs - two earned - and six hits.
Zimmermann (5-2) struck out four and walked one to win for the third time in four starts.
A day after rain postponed the first meeting between the teams since 2012, the game began with only a few dozen fans in the stands. Not many more showed for the evening matchup with more rain threatened.
Pillar opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second and went 3 for 3 against Scherzer.
In the opener, Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Zimmermann got Russell Martin to ground into a double play.
''He was in command from the first pitch, throwing it where he wanted to,'' Nationals manager Matt Willams said of Zimmermann. ''Early on, he was keeping his pitch count down, which allowed him to go deep.''
Harper singled during a two-run fifth against Dickey (2-6).
The right fielder went 3 for 7 with a double, run and stolen base in the two games.
Tyler Moore drove in two of Washington's three runs against Estrada with an RBI double and sacrifice fly.
Blue Jays: OF Jose Bautista made his first appearances in right field since straining a shoulder on April 21. ... In between games, Toronto activated C Dioner Navarro (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list and sent C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo.
Nationals: CF Denard Span did not play in either game after leaving Sunday's loss at Cincinnati with a sore right knee.
IN THE GROOVE
Zimmermann has not lost since falling to 1-2 on April 18. Over his last four starts, he is 3-0 with 0.96 ERA in 28 innings. ''I was a little off in the beginning, but everything is working now and right where I want t be,'' he said.
Washington recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse to serve as the 26th man for the second game of the doubleheader. Toronto brought up RHP Scott Copeland from Buffalo.
Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle (6-4, 4.97) is scheduled to start for Wednesday's series finale.
Nationals: With Stephen Strasburg on the DL, Williams hinted RHP Taylor Jordan (0-1) could start Wednesday.