The Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was the star of the game. The veteran outfielder drove in a run for Washington and made a leaping catch at the wall to take away a three-run home run that would have tied the game from Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy in the top of the ninth. Mets lefty veteran Jonathon Niese took the loss for New York, dropping to 2-3 while Washington starter Tanner Roark improved to 3-1.
Left fielder Eric Young Jr. led off the game with a groundball to second for the first out. Daniel Murphy then flied out to left. During his at bat third baseman David Wright hit a pop-up into foul ground that Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore dropped. Wright then singled to right, but was left stranded when Curtis Granderson, getting the start in centerfield, struck out swinging to retire the side.
Centerfielder Denard Span singled to right to start the bottom of the first, and third baseman Anthony Rendon reached on an error by David Wright. Jayson Werth singled to left scoring Span from second giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead and advancing Rendon to third. Werth took second on the throw to third. Catcher Wilson Ramos then hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Rendon, making it 2-0 Washington.
Shortstop Ian Desmond walked, and left fielder Scott Hairston then singled through the left side of the infield to load the bases. Tyler Moore then grounded into a fielder’s choice; Hairston was forced out at second but Werth scored to extend the Nationals lead to 3-0. With runners at the corners and two outs, Ian Desmond tried to catch Jonathon Niese off-guard and bolted for home. Niese threw to the plate, and caught Desmond in a rundown, and he was eventually tagged out by Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada to end the inning. Both teams failed to score in the second inning and the Mets were retired in order in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the third Werth grounded to shortstop for the first out, but Wilson Ramos followed with a single to center. Desmond then popped out in foul ground for out number two. Scott Hairston then laced a double into the gap in left center that rolled all the way to the wall. Ramos scored to widen Washington’s lead to 4-0. Tyler Moore singled to left, scoring Hairston making it 5-0 Nationals. Second baseman Danny Espinosa grounded back to Jon Niese to end the inning. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth.
Pitcher Tanner Roark singled up the middle to start the bottom half of the fourth. Denard Span then struck out looking, and Anthony Rendon flew out to center. Jayson Werth then singled to center, putting runners at first and second with two outs. Wilson Ramos then struck out swinging to end the scoring threat.
First baseman Lucas Duda singled to center to start the top of the fifth. Catcher Anthony Recker then lined a double to left advancing Duda to third. Ruben Tejada grounded out to third, but Duda scored cutting Washington’s lead to 5-1. Outfielder Chris Young was called to pinch-hit for Niese, and fouled out to third for the second out.
Eric Young Jr. then lined a double just out of Scott Hairston’s reach in left. Recker scored to make it 5-2 Nationals. Daniel Murphy then walked, but David Wright popped up to second to retire the side. The Nationals went in order in the bottom of the fifth, and both teams failed to score in the sixth. The Mets did not bring in a run in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jose Valverde came in to relieve Carlos Torres who pitched both the fifth and sixth innings for the Mets. Wilson Ramos lined out to center, and Ian Desmond struck out looking. Infielder Gregg Dobbs then pinch-hit for reliever Drew Storen who pitched the seventh after Ross Detweiler replaced Tanner Roark in the sixth. Dobbs singled to center. Tyler Moore then singled to left; Dobbs advanced to third on the play and then made a break for home. Dobbs was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. The Mets failed to score in the top of the eighth and the Nationals went in order in the bottom half of the inning.
Washington closer Rafael Soriano came in to shut the door on the Mets and quickly retired Anthony Recker on a fly-out to center and Ruben Tejada on a fly-out to right. Outfielder Juan Lagares came in to hit for lefty reliever Josh Edgin who pitched the eighth inning for New York. Lagares walked, and Eric Young Jr. followed with a walk as well. Daniel Murphy then lined a shot to right. Jayson Werth ran back to the wall in right, leaped and made the catch to end the game. Murphy’s hit was a foot shy of tying up the game.
The two teams square off again tomorrow afternoon when Bartolo Colon looks to right the ship for the Mets against lefty veteran Gio Gonzalez for Washington.
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