Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - What a difference a few weeks make.
Dan Haren had one of the shortest outings of his career against the New York
Mets his last time out against them, but responded with potentially his best
start in a Washington Nationals uniform.
Haren tossed six scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the
Nationals' 3-0 win over the Mets in the third test of a four-game set.
Haren (9-13) fanned eight and walked just one for the Nationals, who have won
18 of their last 22 games against the Mets at Citi Field. They're 22-9 over
their last 31 tilts overall.
"He pitched a great ball game. He made quality pitches all night long,"
Washington manager Davey Johnson said of Haren.
The right-hander surrendered seven runs and nine hits over 2 2/3 frames in an
11-3 home loss to New York on Aug 31. Haren was 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his
last seven tilts coming into that game.
Washington remains six games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the NL's second
wild-card spot with 17 to play.
Ryan Zimmerman smacked a solo shot, Anthony Rendon had a two-run double and
Rafael Soriano worked a scoreless ninth to tally his 41st save of the season
in the triumph.
Zack Wheeler (7-5) allowed a run on eight hits and a walk over seven innings
for New York, which has dropped eight of its last 10 contests.
Washington squandered a second-and-third, one-out opportunity in the first and
failed to push a runner across with a runner in scoring position with two outs
in the fourth and fifth, but Zimmerman led off the sixth and belted an 0-2
pitch over the wall in left-center to get the Nats on the board.
The Nationals added insurance in the eighth when Rendon banged a two-out, two-
run double off the base of the wall in left-center to make it 3-0.
Mets manager Terry Collins was wearing an NYPD hat during batting practice in
honor of those affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago ...
Haren fired 59 of his 86 pitches for strikes ... Washington was 1-for-10 with
runners in scoring position.
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