Murphy, Scherzer help Nationals sweep Mets with 4-2 win
Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy rounds the bases on a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON (AP) Daniel Murphy homered twice, tormenting his former team yet again, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with 4-2 victory Wednesday night.
Max Scherzer (9-5) cruised against New York's sputtering offense, allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. He retired 18 in a row before Brandon Nimmo's single in the eighth and finished with at least 10 strikeouts for the fourth straight game.
Murphy homered off Logan Verrett (3-5) in the second for a 1-0 lead and golfed a two-run drive in the eighth. He matched his career high with 14 homers and helped Washington win its fourth in a row.
The Mets went 23 innings without scoring before James Loney's two-run homer in the ninth off Shawn Kelley.