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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Recap: Game 143 - Nationals (6) at Mets (3) - Werth Powers Over Mets

Washington (75-69)«1110010026112
N.Y. Mets (64-79)000102000390

W: J. Zimmermann (17-8) L: D. Gee (11-10) S: R. Soriano (40)
HR: WAS - J. Werth (23),A. LaRoche (19),S. Hairston (10)   NYM - None


Jayson Werth kept up his power surge at Citi Field with a home run and two doubles, leading the charging Nationals past the New York Mets 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

The Nationals have won six of seven, and have 18 games left this season. They closed within six games of Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card spot.

Jordan Zimmermann wound up with his NL-leading 17th victory and Rafael Soriano closed for his 40th save as Washington tries to make a late run to the postseason.

Zimmermann (17-8) topped the Mets for the first time in five starts this season. He gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.

Adam LaRoche and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston also homered and Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Catcher Wilson Ramos threw out two runners who tried to steal second and lined an RBI single.

Werth has gone 10 for 18 during Washington's winning streak with two homers and five doubles. He's scored five runs and driven in five while raising his batting average to .328.

Werth homered in consecutive games for the fourth time this season. Before this year, he had done it only twice since joining the Nats in 2011.

Matt den Dekker chased Zimmermann with a two-run single in the sixth. Justin Turner doubled and hit an RBI single, but left with tightness in his right hamstring as the Mets lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Dillon Gee (11-10) left in the seventh with the Mets down 4-3. He was trying to beat the Nationals for the fifth time this year -- the only Mets pitchers to defeat an opponent five times in a season are Tom Seaver (Pittsburgh, 1973), Dwight Gooden (Cubs, 1985) and R.A. Dickey (Marlins, 2012).

Game Notes

OF Bryce Harper rejoined the Nationals after being checked in Washington for a sore left hip, and hit some deep drives in batting practice. He sat out, but Johnson said he expects the 20-year-old star can play Wednesday night. He hasn't been in the lineup since being scratched Saturday. "It was nice to be able to get a clear mind," Harper said of the medical checkup. ... Ramos made his 18th straight start, the most by a Nationals catcher since the team started playing in Washington in 2005. Ramos is hitting .419 with 23 RBI in 26 career games vs. the Mets. ... Mets closer Bobby Parnell had surgery on a herniated disk in his neck. Collins said he didn't have a timetable for Parnell's recovery and didn't yet know whether he'd be ready for spring training.

Box Score:

Denard Span CF411010000.281
Ryan Zimmerman 3B400000001.274
Jayson Werth RF423220100.328
Ian Desmond SS401000001.283
Adam LaRoche 1B422100100.237
Wilson Ramos C401100002.277
Tyler Moore LF301010001.226
  Corey Brown LF000000000.286
  Scott Hairston PH-LF111200100.188
Steve Lombardozzi 2B400000001.247
Jordan Zimmermann P200000000.107
  Craig Stammen P000000000.000
  Zach Walters PH1010000001.000
  Drew Storen P000000000.000
  Tyler Clippard P000000000.000
  Jeff Kobernus PH100000000.167
  Rafael Soriano P000000000.000
Eric Young LF401000011.255
Juan Lagares RF300000011.264
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
Daniel Murphy 2B411010000.284
Lucas Duda 1B411000000.240
Justin Turner 3B312110000.273
  Josh Satin 3B100000001.280
Matt den Dekker CF301200011.276
Travis d`Arnaud C402000001.159
Omar Quintanilla SS401000000.228
Dillon Gee P100000001.132
  Pedro Feliciano P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH-RF200000000.204

E_A.LaRoche 2. LOB_Washington 3, NY Mets 7. 2B_D.Span, J.Werth 2, T.Moore, D.Murphy, J.Turner. HR_J.Werth (23) off D.Gee, A.LaRoche (19) off D.Gee, S.Hairston (10) off T.Byrdak. S_D.Gee. SB_M.den Dekker (3). CS_I.Desmond, E.Young, M.den Dekker. GIDP_D.Span. DP_NY Mets 1 (O.Quintanilla, D.Murphy and L.Duda).

Jordan Zimmermann (W 17-8)5.083314085-543.36
Craig Stammen (H 4)1.00000106-52.85
Drew Storen (H 20)1.000020019-94.88
Tyler Clippard (H 31)1.00000109-62.22
Rafael Soriano (S 40)1.010000014-73.36
Dillon Gee (L 11-10)6.194405289-633.61
Pedro Feliciano0.20000004-34.32
Vic Black1.000000013-93.38
Frank Francisco0.11110106-49.00
Tim Byrdak0.21110018-58.10

J.Zimmermann pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

T_3:02. A_20307.
Umpires_Home,John Hirschbeck; First, James Hoye; Second, Jim Reynolds; Third, Bob Davidson.

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