New York-Rafael Montero got his second shot with the New York Mets Tuesday night and it didn't go as planned. Montero (L, 0-3) got beat up for five runs in five plus innings of work, including three home runs by the Washington Nationals. That outburst combined with strong work from Doug Fister meant the Nationals (64-53) rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Mets (57-63).
The Nationals got on the board first in the top of the second when Bryce Harper hit a two run homer off of Montero. Harper's fifth homer of the year put Washington up 2-0. The score would remain the same until the top of the sixth, when the Nationals exploded offensively. A solo homer from Anthony Rendon (16) put Washington up 3-0, and a two run shot by Ian Desmond (20) made it 5-0. That would be all the damage against Montero, who was pulled at that point. The Nationals weren't done scoring though as rookie right fielder Michael Taylor hit his first career home run off of Carlos Torres. The two run shot put the Nats up 7-0.
That would be plenty of run support for Doug Fister (W, 12-3), who beat the Mets for a third straight time on a stormy night at Citi Field. Fister scattered seven hits over seven scoreless innings of work while striking out three batters. The only Mets' offense on the night would come after Fister left, when a sacrifice fly by Eric Campbell in the eighth inning helped the Mets avoid the shutout.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Nationals' starting pitcher Doug Fister. Fister toyed with the Mets again to beat them for the third time in just under a calendar year. Fister has now won all three of his starts against the Mets.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets have scored the fewest runs in all of baseball since the All Star Break.
- The Nationals have won nine straight games at Citi Field.
- The game was delayed by rain for 25 minutes after the top of the second inning. Both pitchers remained in after the delay.
The Mets will look to even their series with Washington tomorrow night. Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.06 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (11-9, 3.97 ERA) will be on the mound in the pitching matchup. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm, weather permitting.
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