Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recap: Game 141 - Nationals at Mets - Nats Crush 3 HR's, Mets Lose 5-1

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Washington (87-54) «003200000550
N.Y. Mets (65-76)000100000151
W: G. Gonzalez (19-7) L: C. McHugh (0-2)
HR: WAS - K. Suzuki (5),R. Zimmerman (21),I. Desmond (22)   NYM - S. Hairston (16)

Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki all hit home runs for the Nationals, leading Washington past the New York Mets, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game set.

Gio Gonzalez (19-7) earned his major league-leading 19th win of the season. He pitched six innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six. He walked five batters.

The Nationals, who increased their major-league best win total to 87, have won nine of their last 12 games.

The Mets, losers of four in a row and six of their last seven, continued their horrific recent play at home. They have lost 20 of their previous 24 home games and have now gone 11 straight contests without scoring more than three runs at Citi Field.

After lasting just four innings in his previous outing, Colin McHugh (0-2) didn't fare much better in his third major-league start. Once again, the rookie lasted just four frames, giving up five runs, although just two were earned.

In the third inning, Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach dropped a foul pop up that would have ended Suzuki's at-bat. Two pitches later, Suzuki jacked a homer over the left field wall.

The Nationals scored two more in the inning, both runs also unearned to the Mets starter. McHugh retired the two batters after Suzuki, which would have ended the inning had Shoppach caught the foul pop up. However, McHugh then walked Bryce Harper and Zimmerman bopped his 21st home run of the season to dead center field to make it a 3-0 lead for the Nationals.

In the Nationals' following frame, Michael Morse led the inning off with a single. Desmond then came to the plate and cracked a homer to right-center, his 22nd of the season, to increase Washington's advantage to five.

The Mets got one back in the bottom half of the inning, when Hairston hit a leadoff homer to cut the Nationals' lead to four.

Game Notes

If Washington wins one of the next two games, they will have taken all five series from the Mets this season ... Since the All-Star break, the Nationals are 37-6 when scoring three or more runs ... Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey will attempt to tie Gonzalez's win mark Tuesday night when he takes the mound.

Box Score:

Jayson Werth RF300000010.304
Bryce Harper CF210000020.259
Ryan Zimmerman 3B411200102.286
Adam LaRoche 1B401010001.270
Michael Morse LF411000001.289
  Tyler Clippard P000000000.000
Ian Desmond SS411200101.293
Danny Espinosa 2B300000011.255
Kurt Suzuki C411100103.253
Gio Gonzalez P200000000.102
  Roger Bernadina PH100000000.299
  Ryan Mattheus P000000000.000
  Drew Storen P000000000.000
  Corey Brown LF000000000.211
Ruben Tejada SS201000020.291
Ronny Cedeno 2B200000011.271
  Daniel Murphy PH-2B101000000.292
David Wright 3B301000011.313
Scott Hairston RF411100101.265
Ike Davis 1B300000012.225
Kelly Shoppach C300000000.250
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000000.243
Jason Bay LF400000001.161
Andres Torres CF301010000.224
  Fred Lewis PH100000001.000
Collin McHugh P100000001.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.280
  Elvin Ramirez P000000000.000
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH100000000.270
  Jeurys Familia P000000000.000

LOB_Washington 3, NY Mets 7. 2B_A.LaRoche, A.Torres. HR_K.Suzuki (4) off C.McHugh, R.Zimmerman (21) off C.McHugh, I.Desmond (22) off C.McHugh, S.Hairston (16) off G.Gonzalez. CS_B.Harper. GIDP_R.Cedeno, I.Davis. DP_Washington 2 (D.Espinosa, I.Desmond and A.LaRoche 2); NY Mets 1 (K.Shoppach and R.Tejada).

Gio Gonzalez (W 19-7)6.0311561104-582.93
Ryan Mattheus1.000000010-72.48
Drew Storen1.020001017-93.10
Tyler Clippard1.00000106-63.09
Collin McHugh (L 0-2)4.055223376-473.60
Elvin Ramirez2.000024039-196.46
Ramon Ramirez1.000000018-104.24
Jeurys Familia2.000002023-134.50

T_2:59. A_21923.
Umpires_Home,Sam Holbrook; First, Rob Drake; Second, Joe West; Third, Mike Muchlinski.

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