National League Game Summary - New York at Washington|
(Friday, August 17th)
Final Score: Washington 6, New York 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Michael Morse belted a grand slam and Bryce
Harper added a two-run homer as the Washington Nationals edged the New York
Mets, 6-4, in the opener of a three-game series.
Ross Detwiler (7-5) threw six quality innings, allowing three runs on six hits
for Washington, which was coming off a successful 8-2 road trip.
Johan Santana (6-9) tumbled to a fifth straight loss after surrendering six
runs on seven hits over five innings.
"It just came down to a couple of pitches," Santana said.
Santana, who lasted a career low-tying 1 1/3 innings in his previous start,
retired the first nine batters after being staked to a lead on Daniel Murphy's
two-run single in the first frame.
But the Nationals, perhaps sluggish following just their second off day since
the All-Star break, woke up in the fourth with three straight singles by
Jayson Werth, Harper and Ryan Zimmerman.
Morse, hitless in his previous nine at-bats against Santana, made it four hits
in a row when he went the other way with a letter-high fastball and found the
right-field seats for the Nationals' first grand slam of the season.
"It was awesome. Everyone in the dugout and in the stands was going crazy,"
said Detwiler of the grand slam.
Harper made it 6-2 an inning later as Werth singled with two-away prior to the
rookie's 11th homer of the year.
The Mets scored a run in each of their next two turns at the plate to stay
close. Scott Hairston led off the sixth with his third double of the game and
eventually scored on Ronny Cedeno's groundout.
Kelly Shoppach, in his second game with the Mets since being claimed off
waivers, took Craig Stammen deep to left leading off the seventh for his first
National League homer to cut the deficit to 6-4.
David Wright then opened the away eighth with a single to keep hope alive, but
he was erased when Drew Storen induced Hairston to ground into a rally-killing
5-4-3 double play.
Tyler Clippard put the tying run on base with a pair of walks in the ninth,
but the Nationals closer got Ruben Tejada on a routine flyout to left to
secure his 26th save.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was activated from the disabled list before
the game and went 0-for-4. He had been out since July 21 with a torn left
oblique muscle ... Morse is riding a 13-game hitting streak ... The Nationals
are 10-3 against New York so far this season ... Washington is 23-5 in games
started by opposing left-handed starters ... Santana has pitched to a 15.63
ERA since his last win on June 30.
08/18 00:29:50 ET