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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Recap: Game 143 - Nationals at Mets - 2 HR's Push Nationals over Mets 2-0

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Washington (89-54) «000100010271
N.Y. Mets (65-78)000000000080
W: J. Lannan (3-0) L: M. Harvey (3-5)
S: D. Storen (2)
HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman (22),I. Desmond (23)   NYM - None

Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond each hit a solo homer to help the Washington Nationals complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 2-0 decision at Citi Field.

The Nationals swept the Mets at home for the second time this season and took 14 of 18 games overall in the season series.

"You can't take anyone lightly in this league," Zimmerman said. "For us to come in here and our guys throw the ball the way they threw the ball, score some runs and get out of here with three wins was good for us."

Making his first start since Aug. 3, John Lannan (3-0) took Stephen Strasburg's spot in the rotation and kept the Mets scoreless over 5 2/3 innings of work, helping Washington to its 12th win in its last 13 tries at Citi Field. He allowed just five hits and struck out two.

Drew Storen came on to record the final out in the ninth after Sean Burnett gave up singles to Lucas Duda and Andres Torres. With runners on the corners, Storen got pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy to fly out to center to earn his second save of the season.

Even though he posted double-digit strikeouts for the second time in his career, Matt Harvey (3-5) was given no run support and was charged with the loss. The rookie right-hander fanned 10 Nationals, one shy of his career high, but gave up Zimmerman's blast as one of five hits he allowed in five- plus frames.

"I felt good early and then I think I pressed to do too much," Harvey said. "That's a mistake that I regret and need to learn from."

After setting a franchise record on Tuesday for most consecutive home games without scoring more than three runs, New York extended its streak to 13 in Wednesday night's loss.

The Mets' best chance to score came in the bottom of the sixth. David Wright hit a one-out single and Lucas Duda drew a walk with two away. Christian Garcia came in to relieve Lannan and plunked Kelly Shoppach with his first pitch to load the bases. Ike Davis came in to pinch-hit for Jason Bay, but his deep fly ball was tracked down by Bryce Harper to end the inning.

Two innings later, Desmond led off the eighth with a homer to give the Nationals an insurance run. He finished 2-for-3 for the game.

Game Notes

The Nationals won for just second time since the All-Star break when scoring fewer than three runs ... Since Aug. 29, Washington has hit 36 home runs as a team ... The Mets have lost 22 of their previous 26 home games ... Wright extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Box Score:

Jayson Werth RF300000022.306
Bryce Harper CF400000002.262
Ryan Zimmerman 3B211100121.287
Adam LaRoche 1B401000001.269
Ian Desmond SS312100111.295
Roger Bernadina LF201000000.300
  Tyler Moore PH-LF200000001.279
Kurt Suzuki C400000001.253
Steve Lombardozzi 2B401000000.280
John Lannan P200000002.167
  Christian Garcia P000000000.000
  Mark DeRosa PH101000000.157
  Eury Perez PR000000000.000
  Craig Stammen P000000000.000
  Ryan Mattheus P000000000.000
  Chad Tracy PH100000000.286
  Sean Burnett P000000000.000
  Drew Storen P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS400000000.292
Ronny Cedeno 2B200000000.272
  Jordany Valdespin 2B201000000.244
David Wright 3B402000000.314
Scott Hairston RF400000001.264
Lucas Duda 1B-LF302000010.243
Kelly Shoppach C301000002.255
Jason Bay LF200000000.156
  Ike Davis PH-1B200000000.223
Andres Torres CF402000000.225
Matt Harvey P100000000.375
  Robert Carson P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Justin Hampson P000000000.000
  Fred Lewis PH100000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH000000000.280
  Daniel Murphy PH100000000.291

E_R.Zimmerman. LOB_Washington 9, NY Mets 9. HR_R.Zimmerman (22) off M.Harvey, I.Desmond (23) off J.Rauch. S_B.Harper, M.Harvey. SB_D.Wright 2 (14). CS_R.Cedeno. GIDP_A.LaRoche, D.Wright. DP_Washington 1 (I.Desmond, S.Lombardozzi and A.LaRoche); NY Mets 1 (J.Valdespin, R.Tejada and I.Davis).

John Lannan (W 3-0)5.250012081-492.41
Christian Garcia (H 2)0.10000006-31.69
Craig Stammen (H 10)1.00000009-72.42
Ryan Mattheus (H 13)1.010000014-82.44
Sean Burnett (H 28)0.220001014-102.45
Drew Storen (S 2)0.10000002-13.00
Matt Harvey (L 3-5)5.05113101106-662.92
Robert Carson1.00000008-45.23
Bobby Parnell0.110020015-52.97
Justin Hampson0.20000001-12.70
Jon Rauch1.011101113-102.94
Frank Francisco1.000000013-85.66

M.Harvey pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

HBP_by C.Garcia (K.Shoppach).
T_3:12. A_21205.
Umpires_Home,Joe West; First, Mike Muchlinski; Second, Sam Holbrook; Third, Rob Drake.

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