(Tuesday, August 5)
Final Score: New York 6, Washington 1
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 and knocked in a pair of runs in the New York Mets’ 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.
Murphy backed a rather shaky start out of Zack Wheeler (7-8), who gave up just one run but allowed seven hits and four walks in hard-earned 6 2/3 innings.
Wheeler also had an RBI, while David Wright, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda each drove in a run for the Mets, who had lost 10 of their last 11 to Washington.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (6-8) was charged with four runs on six hits with six strikeouts for the NL East leaders.
Murphy ripped a one-out triple down the right-field line in the first and trotted home when Wright knocked a single to left in the next at-bat.
Travis d’Arnaud doubled to begin the second, scoring later in the inning when Wheeler helped his own cause with a bloop single to right.
The Nationals got something going in the home second after Wheeler walked three of the first four batters he faced in the inning. The Mets right-hander uncorked a wild pitch against Jose Lobaton that allowed Adam LaRoche to cross home, but Washington couldn’t add any from there.
New York maintained its lead after a nice defensive play by left fielder Eric Campbell. Jayson Werth doubled to lead off the sixth and attempted to score when LaRoche poked a single to left, where Campbell came up firing to get Werth at the plate. The play was reviewed to see if d’Arnaud allowed a sliding lane for the runner at home, which umpires ruled that he did.
New York loaded the bases in the seventh with one out and Murphy ripped a single under the glove of Asdrubal Cabrera at second to plate a pair for a 4-1 advantage. Drew Storen struck out Wright preceding an RBI single off the bat of Duda.
Nieuwenhuis, in a pinch-hit role, singled home a run in the eighth.
Gonzalez went 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA over his last previous starts against the Mets … Wheeler, meanwhile, entered the contest with a 1-4 mark and 4.75 ERA in five career starts against Washington … New York snapped its two-game skid … Wright stole his sixth base of the season … New York went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position … Washington went 2-for-9 with RISP and stranded seven on base.
|Juan Lagares CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Daniel Murphy 2B||4||1||3||2||0||1||0||1||0||.300|
|David Wright 3B||5||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Lucas Duda 1B||5||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.260|
|Eric Campbell LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.311|
|Curtis Granderson PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Travis d`Arnaud C||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Chris Young RF-LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.206|
|Ruben Tejada SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Zack Wheeler P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.083|
|Josh Edgin P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Jeurys Familia P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Dana Eveland P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Denard Span CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Anthony Rendon 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Jayson Werth RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Adam LaRoche 1B||2||1||2||0||1||0||0||2||0||.270|
|Ian Desmond SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||.245|
|Bryce Harper LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||.249|
|Asdrubal Cabrera 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.211|
|Jose Lobaton C||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Gio Gonzalez P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.107|
|Drew Storen P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steven Souza Jr. PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Blake Treinen P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
LOB_NY Mets 7, Washington 7. 2B_T.d’Arnaud, J.Werth, A.LaRoche. 3B_D.Murphy. S_Z.Wheeler. SB_D.Wright (6). GIDP_D.Wright, J.Werth, S.Souza Jr.. DP_NY Mets 2 (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and L.Duda 2); Washington 2 (J.Werth and J.Lobaton), (A.Rendon, A.Cabrera and A.LaRoche).
|Zack Wheeler (W 7-8)||6.2||7||1||1||4||5||0||109-66||3.48|
|Gio Gonzalez (L 6-8)||6.0||6||4||4||2||6||0||89-58||4.01|
G.Gonzalez pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
HBP_by D.Storen (J.Lagares), by B.Treinen (T.d’Arnaud).
Umpires_Home,Paul Nauert; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Dan Iassogna; Third, Vic Carapazza.