Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jayson Werth's go-ahead, two-out RBI double
highlighted a three-run bottom of the eighth inning and lifted the Washington
Nationals to a 6-5 win over the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game
Washington trailed 5-3 heading into the home eighth before Scott Rice allowed
back-to-back singles to Scott Hairston and pinch-hitter Denard Span. Bryce
Harper then bunted both runners into scoring position with one away before
Gonzalez Germen (1-2) replaced Rice on the mound.
Hairston scored on Anthony Rendon's groundout before Zimmerman rolled a
grounder back up the middle. Omar Quintanilla ranged far to his left to get a
glove on the ball and threw wildly to first. Span rounded third and Lucas
Duda's relay throw home wasn't in time. Werth then ripped a two-bagger into
the gap in right-center to plate Zimmerman for the go-ahead run to make it
Rafael Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 36th save of the season.
Erik Davis (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless top of the eighth.
Werth tallied two doubles and also scored a run, while Zimmerman had three
hits for Washington, which avoided a three-game sweep and are 6 1/2 games
behind the Cincinnati Reds for the NL's second wild card spot.
Matt den Dekker, who was called up Wednesday following the trade of Marlon
Byrd, hit his first career homer for the Mets, who had their three-game
winning streak snapped.
New York jumped out to a 3-0 lead after plating two runs in the first and
another in the second.
Consecutive doubles to start the game by Eric Young and Daniel Murphy
accounted for the first run, and Duda's single into right-center two
batters later made it 2-0.
Dekker's blast into the second deck in the second made it 3-0.
Tyler Moore's two-out RBI single in the home second and Hairston's two-
out single in the fourth trimmed the deficit to 3-2 before Murphy's one-out
RBI single in the fifth upped the Mets' advantage to 4-2.
Duda and Wilson Ramos traded two-out RBI singles in the seventh to make it 5-3
New York Mets starter Jonathon Niese allowed two runs on 10 hits and two walks
over 5 2/3 innings, while Nationals starter Ross Ohlendorf surrendered four
runs on nine hits over five frames ... Murphy had two hits, two RBI and a run
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