Nationals 5, Mets 4(10)
After eight innings, it looked as if the Washington Nationals
had another methodical victory. Two innings later, they were just
happy to come away with a win at all.
In those two wild innings there were seven runs, three blown
save opportunities, a disputed home run, a game-changing triple by
a teenager and a game-winning wild pitch.
In the end: A 5-4 win in 10 innings over the New York Mets.
”That’s my kind of ballgame,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson
Ross Detwiler and Sean Burnett had shut out the Mets over eight
innings, but Tyler Clippard, who’s been nearly perfect in the two
months he’s been Washington’s closer, gave up the lead.
He allowed a three-run home run to pinch-hitter Jordany
Valdespin in the ninth, a drive that barely cleared the
right-center field railing and moved Johnson to request a
The Nationals tied it at 3 in the ninth, the Mets went ahead in
the top of the 10th, and then a madcap 10th inning ensued.
”That’s why you come to the ballpark. The first eight innings
were kind of boring and the last (two) were unbelievable,” Tyler
Moore was standing at the plate when Pedro Beato threw a wild
pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning that allowed Ryan
Zimmerman to score with the winning run.
Bryce Harper tied it in the 10th with a run-scoring triple off
Tim Byrdak (2-1) before Beato entered with the bases loaded.
Jhonatan Solano led off the 10th with a single. Steve
Lombardozzi bunted him to second. Harper tripled to right off Tim
Byrdak (2-1) to tie it. Zimmerman and Ian Desmond were walked
intentionally to load the bases. Adam LaRoche grounded to first
baseman Ike Davis, who threw home to force Harper for the second
Beato came on to face Moore, and bounced a 1-2 pitch in the
dirt. Catcher Josh Thole wasn’t able to reach the ball in time, and
Zimmerman scored standing up.
”I didn’t know it got away at first. It hit the dirt pretty
hard,” Moore said.
Thole entered the game in the eighth inning after Collins hit
for starter Mike Nickeas.
”I’ve got to block it. That’s the bottom line,” Thole said.
”I was ready to block it. I just didn’t get it done.”
The loss was the fifth in a row for New York, a season high.
The Mets lost their last game before the All-Star break, were
swept in three games at Atlanta and have two more with the
Nationals before heading home.
”There’s some guys that are really upset in the other room, and
they should be,” New York manager Terry Collins said. ”It’s time
to reach down inside and pull out whatever you’ve got left and make
something out of the remainder of this trip.”
Ryan Mattheus (3-1), Washington’s fifth pitcher, retired the
only batter he faced in the 10th for the win.
Harper had his fifth triple, and it was the game’s key hit.
”I got a pitch I could handle, and I was thinking three out of
the box,” Harper said. ”You live for these kind of games.”
The Nationals increased their lead in the NL East to 3 1/2 games
after Atlanta lost 9-0 to San Francisco.
”We’ve got a long second half to go, and hopefully we’ll have
some more of those,” Harper said.
Moore hit a fifth-inning home run and Lombardozzi had an
eighth-inning RBI double for Washington to give the Nationals a 2-0
In the bottom of the ninth, Michael Morse and LaRoche singled
off Bobby Parnell. Desmond pinch-ran for Morse, and with two outs,
scored on Espinosa’s RBI single.
Starter Ross Detwiler gave up five hits, struck out four and
walked none in seven innings.
The Nationals had only three hits off New York starter Jonathon
Niese, but one of them was Moore’s fifth home run of the year, a
one-out shot to right field.
Niese struck out eight and walked none.
In the eighth, pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa walked with two outs off
Ramon Ramirez and Lombardozzi doubled to left off Josh Edgin to
make it 2-0.
NOTES: Desmond didn’t start for the third consecutive game with
a strained oblique muscle. Johnson made light of the injury’s
popularity. ”The oblique is in in 2012, I guess. Everyone seems to
have one. I didn’t know they were contagious,” Johnson said. …
Nationals OF Jayson Werth will probably be cleared for baseball
activities on Wednesday, Johnson said. Werth, who broke his left
wrist in early May, is about two or three weeks away from returning
to the majors. … The Mets activated OF Jason Bay from the 15-day
disabled list. He had a concussion on June 15. They designated INF
Omar Quintanilla for assignment. … New York OF Lucas Duda missed
his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.