Washington, D.C.-One player the New York Mets have seen enough of in his brief career is Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos. Ramos has become a Met killer in his career, hitting .380 against them lifetime and driving in clutch run after clutch run against them. Even when Ramos isn't hitting against anyone else, he manages to kill the Mets. That happened this afternoon, as Ramos drove in four runs to help the Nationals (23-20) defeat the New York Mets (20-23) 6-3.
The Mets actually got on the board first by scoring a run in the top of the second, but the Nationals answered right back in the bottom of the frame. Ian Desmond hit a solo home run to tie the game at one off of Mets' starter Zack Wheeler. The Nats would grab the lead in the next inning as Ramos drove in two runs with an RBI double. Ramos would duplicate the feat in the fifth inning, and the Nats bumped their lead up to 5-1. Ramos' damage would be the death blow for Zack Wheeler (L, 1-4) who went six innings and allowed five runs (only three earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out five.
Wheeler's counterpart, Nationals righty Jordan Zimmermann, was able to take advantage of the solid run support. Zimmermann (W, 3-1) tossed six innings, allowing only three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out one. The Mets were rallying against him in the sixth inning when RBI singles from Juan Lagares and Juan Centeno cut the deficit to 5-3 Washington. Centeno, however, made a dumb baserunning play and got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double and ended the inning.
The Nats were able to tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth against Daisuke Matsuzaka on a fielder's choice from Kevin Frandsen that brought Ramos in to score. The insurance run turned out to be unnecessary, as Washington closer Rafael Soriano worked a perfect ninth inning to record his 10th save of the season.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game is Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who went 2 for 3 with a run scored, a walk, and four RBI's. Ramos tripled his RBI total for the year in today's game, going from two to six.
Post Game Notes:
- After being named the starting shortstop again before the game, Ruben Tejada went 0 for 3 to bring his batting average down to .185 on the year.
- David Wright and Juan Centeno each collected two hits for the Mets.
- Desmond and Ramos combined for four of the Nationals seven hits and five of the six RBI's on the afternoon.
- The Nationals have won five out of six on the year against the Mets.
The Mets are off on Monday before opening a nine game homestand Tuesday night. The Mets will welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to town to kick off a three game series. Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will look to pick up his second win of the year for the Mets, while the Dodgers will send veteran right hander Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38 ERA) to the hill. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.Tags: Baseball, David Wright, Ian Desmond, Juan Centeno, Juan Lagares, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler