National League Game Summary - Washington at New York|
(Monday, April 9th)
Final Score: New York 4, Washington 3
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Daniel Murphy's RBI single in the bottom of
the ninth inning kept the Mets perfect on the season as New York took a 4-3
victory over the Washington Nationals in the first of three games at Citi
The Mets improved to 4-0 on the season, winning their first four games of the
year for the first time since 2007.
"It just means we're playing good baseball," Murphy said about his team's
record. "To come out of the gates and play good baseball is what we're most
excited about in this clubhouse."
Jon Rauch (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win. Starter Mike
Pelfrey allowed three runs on 10 hits and a walk while tying his career-high
with eight strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings.
Henry Rodriguez (0-1) gave up the deciding run after a costly throwing error
to suffer the loss.
Edwin Jackson allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with six
strikeouts in a five-inning start for the Nationals, who have dropped their
Rodriguez returned for the ninth inning after fanning pinch-hitter Scott
Hairston to strand a runner on second in the eighth, but walked Mike Baxter to
lead off the ninth.
Ruben Tejada then laid down a bunt that Rodriguez fielded, but his throw to
first was low and Adam LaRoche couldn't handle the short hop, moving the
runners to second and third with no outs.
Murphy, who made a diving stop of a Ryan Zimmerman grounder up the middle in
the top of the ninth to end the inning, stepped up next and took a ball before
pulling a soft liner into shallow right field that allowed Baxter to cruise
home for the game-deciding run.
Three straight one-out singles by Danny Espinosa, Zimmerman and LaRoche in the
top of the first inning resulted in Espinosa crossing the plate and the
Nationals taking a 1-0 lead.
Pelfrey escaped with no further damage, though, as he struck out Jayson Werth
before inducing a Mark DeRosa groundout to end the inning.
It marked the first time this season that the Mets had fallen behind in a
Washington added to its lead in the third when Ian Desmond led off the frame
with a single and rounded the bases two batters later on Zimmerman's double
into right-center field. LaRoche followed with a base hit down the third-base
line that plated Zimmerman and gave the Nationals a 3-0 advantage.
But LaRoche was tagged out at second while trying to leg out a double and
after Werth smacked a triple to right, DeRosa grounded out to first to end the
The Mets got on the board in the bottom of the frame when Pelfrey led off with
a double before coming home on David Wright's base hit to left and then tied
the game in the fourth on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' two-run home run over the right-
center field wall.
It was Nieuwenhuis' first home run and runs batted in of his career.
Washington left runners on second base in the sixth and seventh innings, while
the Mets stranded a man on second in the sixth and eighth innings and a runner
on third in the seventh to keep the game knotted at three.
"We came out of the gates swinging," said Desmond. "They chipped away at us
and we probably spoiled a few opportunities we shouldn't have."
Wright has had an RBI in each of the Mets' games this season and now has 729
runs batted in for his career. He trails Darryl Strawberry's 733 RBI for the
franchise record...Washington went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position
and left nine men on base...New York hit 2-for-11 with runners in scoring
position and stranded 10.
04/10 00:25:53 ET