Washington Nationals beat Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) - Bryce Harper had three hits in his return to the starting lineup, Edwin Jackson pitched eight strong innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season and the Washington Nationals beat the Blue Jays for their fourth straight win.

Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer and Rick Ankiel also connected for the NL East leaders.

Jackson (3-3) improved to 4-0 in his past seven starts against Toronto dating to July 30, 2008. He allowed two runs and three hits.

Toronto lost starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (7-4) just nine pitches into the first inning when the right-hander strained a muscle in his left side.