Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run double to tie
the game in the eighth inning and Ian Desmond drove in the winning run in
the ninth to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 win over the New York
Mets in the opener of a three-game set.
Desmond also hit a solo home run while Kurt Suzuki added an RBI for the
Nationals, who have won three of four.
Ross Detwiler gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over five
innings, while Tyler Clippard (6-1) earned the win for a scoreless inning of
Josh Satin went 3-for-3 with two RBI and David Wright had two hits and a run
scored for the Mets, who had won three of four coming in.
Matt Harvey tossed seven strong innings for the Mets, giving up just three
hits and a run while striking out 11. Bobby Parnell (5-4) was tagged with the
loss for giving up a pair of runs in the ninth inning.
Washington trailed by three runs to start the eighth and Roger Bernadina began
the frame with a single off David Aardsma. After the next two batters were set
down, Josh Edgin took the hill and gave up a double to Denard Span before
Brandon Lyon came out to pitch.
After Anthony Rendon walked to load the bases, Zimmerman punched a double to
the gap in left-center to clear the bags for a 4-4 game.
Clippard pitched around a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth, and the
Nationals went ahead in the ninth.
Jayson Werth and Desmond began the inning with consecutive doubles against
Parnell to grab the lead with Desmond's hit going to right field. Desmond took
third on a Bernadina line out then scored for a 6-4 lead on a Suzuki sacrifice
Drew Storen retired the Mets in order in the ninth for his second save of the
The game stayed scoreless until the fourth inning when the Mets went on top as
Wright led off with a double and Marlon Byrd followed with a grounder to short
that saw Desmond's throw hit Byrd, with the ball rolling into the outfield and
Wright coming home to score.
New York loaded the bases with just one out later in the frame, but Omar
Quintanilla popped out and Harvey grounded out to end the inning.
Harvey carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and got the first two
batters out, but Desmond drilled a pitch into the left field stands to end the
Eric Young singled to start the fifth and stayed on first until Byrd doubled
with two outs, scoring Young. Satin followed with a base hit to left for a 3-1
The Mets padded their lead in the seventh as Daniel Murphy singled to start
the frame and later scored on a double to right-center by Satin for a 4-1
The Mets batted 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on
base ... Each team has won three games in the season series ... Harvey has
given up one run or less in 11 of his 17 starts this season.
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