New York-The Washington Nationals (65-53) continued their mastery of the New York Mets (57-64) at Citi Field Tuesday night. The Nationals produced some late offense to steal a 3-2 victory from the Mets. The win was Washington's 10th straight victory at Citi Field.
The game was a true pitcher's duel as Bartolo Colon and Jordan Zimmermann tossed up zero after zero. For a while, it appeared as if the Mets would catch a break after an error by left fielder Kevin Frandsen in the fourth inning allowed Lucas Duda to score the game's first run. The score would remain the same until the top of the seventh, when the Nationals plated two runs on sacrifice flies against Colon (L, 11-10) to gain a 2-1 lead. Colon didn't really deserve his ultimate fate, giving up only one earned run in seven innings of work on six hits while walking one and striking out eight.
The lead got Jordan Zimmermann (W, 8-5) off the hook and in line for the win. Zimmermann tossed 6.1 innings and allowed only one unearned run on five hits while striking out four. The Nationals tacked onto their lead in the eighth inning when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo homer off of Jeurys Familia. Cabrera's first homer as a National put Washington up 3-1. The Nationals handed that lead to Rafael Soriano, who was greeted rudely as Travis d'Arnaud homered to lead off the inning. d'Arnaud's 10th homer of the year cut the Washington lead to 3-2. Matt den Dekker then singled, and after a failed sacrifice bunt attempt Wilmer Flores singled to move den Dekker over to third. Eric Young Jr pinch ran for Flores and stole second, putting the tying and winning runs in scoring position for pinch hiter Eric Campbell. With the infield in, Campbell hit a grounder to shortstop and den Dekker was gunned down at home for the second out. Curtis Granderson was the Mets' last hope after that, and he grounded out to Soriano to end the game. Soriano recorded a very shaky 27th save of the year as a result.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Nationals' starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann didn't have his best stuff, but he did enough to stymie the Mets' bats long enough to allow his offense to bail him out.
Post Game Notes:
- David Wright went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
- The Mets left eight men on base and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
- The Nationals are now 9-2 against the Mets so far this year.
The Mets will look to avoid the sweep in the series finale tomorrow night. Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.54 ERA) and Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68 ERA) will be the starting pitchers. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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