Final Score: Washington 8, New York 2 (10 innings)
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Bryce Harper drove in the go-ahead run as part
of a six-run 10th inning to lead Washington in an 8-2 win over New York in the
opener of a three-game set.
Harper also had a solo home run while Ryan Zimmerman added a three-run double
in the 10th and Michael Morse followed with a two-run homer to help the
Nationals win a third consecutive game. Tom Gorzelanny (3-2) got the win for
getting the final two outs of the ninth and working a scoreless 10th inning.
David Wright and Ike Davis hit solo home runs for the Mets, who have lost four
straight and 10 of 11.
Neither starter factored in the decision despite both pitching well. Jordan
Zimmermann went six innings for Washington and gave up just one run on four
hits with six strikeouts, while Chris Young gave up two runs on three hits
with three walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings for the Mets.
The Nats took the lead and then some in the 10th. With Tim Byrdak (2-2) on the
mound, Roger Bernadina led off with a single. Sandy Leon then hit a grounder
back to the mound and Byrdak quickly went to second, but Ruben Tejada was
unable to hold on to the ball and everyone was safe.
"I tried to make the jump and turn too fast," said Tejada. "They had a really
good runner coming to second, but that's no excuse because I have to make
those routine plays."
Pedro Beato then took the mound and Mark DeRosa laid down a bunt that was
fielded by Beato and he got the force out at third. Steve Lombardozzi, though,
then singled to load the bases and Harper drove in the go-ahead run with a
single to right. Ryan Zimmerman then cleared the bases with a double to center
and Morse followed with a shot over the wall in center for an 8-2 lead.
"I just wanted to make sure I didn't hit into a double play there," said
Harper. "Got a good pitch to swing at and I was just trying to get it into the
The Mets were unable to get any across in the bottom portion.
The Nats struck quickly in the opening frame to take the lead as Lombardozzi
led off with a single and came home when Harper drilled a full-count fastball
over the right field wall for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Mets got a leadoff single from Tejada, but Jordany
Valdespin quickly hit into a double play. Wright then hit his 15th homer of
the year, a shot over the left-center wall, to make it a 2-1 game.
Jordan Zimmermann departed after the sixth inning and Drew Storen got the
first out of the seventh, but Mike Gonzalez then came on and served up a
first-pitch homer by Davis that went off the webbing on the right field foul
pole to tie the game.
Before the game, the Nationals placed shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day DL,
retroactive to July 22, with a left oblique strain and recalled outfielder
Corey Brown from Triple-A Syracuse...The Nats have won seven of 10 from the
Mets this season.
07/24 00:49:30 ET
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