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Friday, April 04, 2014

Recap: Game 3 - Nationals (8) at Mets (2) - Mets Get Swept at Home to Open the Season



New York

W: T. Roark (1-0) L: Z. Wheeler (0-1)
HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman (1)   NYM - None


Ryan Zimmerman went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI as the Washington Nationals completed a season-opening three- game sweep of the New York Mets with an 8-2 win at Citi Field.

Adam LaRoche drove in three runs for the Nationals, who kept new manager Matt Williams' record perfect. Denard Span added two hits, drove in a run and scored once for Washington, which opened the season with three straight wins for a second straight year.

Tanner Roark (1-0) started on the hill in place of a sick Jordan Zimmermann and picked up the win. The right-hander allowed just two runs on six hits in six innings. Roark struck out five and walked three, helping the Nationals defeat the Mets for an eighth straight time.

Zimmermann was scratched from the start because of flu-like symptoms. The Nationals have yet to announce when they expect him to take the hill again.

New Met Curtis Granderson broke out of an early slump, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. He had gone 0-for-9 with five strikeouts in the first two games.

Juan Lagares continued his hot start to the season for New York, which is off to its worst start to a season since beginning the 2005 campaign with five straight setbacks. The center fielder ended 1-for-3 with an RBI and is now batting .455 with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored in three games.

New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. The right-hander threw 114 pitches, striking out six and walking two.

The Mets got to Roark in the first inning. Granderson doubled home Daniel Murphy with the first run and David Wright later scored on a Lagares sac fly.

That was all the offense the lackluster Mets lineup could muster, however, as Roark settled in and allowed just three hits the rest of the way. The right- hander pitched out of trouble in the fourth, getting Ruben Tejada to fly out to shallow right, striking out Wheeler and inducing a groundout by Eric Young to strand runners at first and second.

Zimmerman cut the Washington deficit in half with a solo homer in the second, then the Nats went ahead for good during a two-run fifth-inning. Span singled home the first run of the frame and later scored on a Jayson Werth base hit.

Washington added four runs in the seventh against the New York bullpen to put the game out of reach. LaRoche drove in the first two runs of the frame with a single, Zimmerman added an RBI single and LaRoche later scored on Ian Desmond's fielder's choice grounder to make it 7-2.

LaRoche's bases-loaded walk in the eighth made it a six-run game.

New York's bullpen has now allowed 11 earned runs, 15 hits and walked seven in 9 1/3 innings this season.

The Mets nearly went the final four innings without a hit. Granderson's two- out double in the fifth was New York's last hit before Ike Davis' two-out, pinch-hit single in the ninth.

Washington closer Rafael Soriano, working in a non-save situation, struck out a pair in the ninth in his first action of the season.

Washington pitchers struck out 39 batters in this series.

Box Score:

Denard Span CF312110010.417
Bryce Harper LF511000002.154
Jayson Werth RF311100021.462
Adam LaRoche 1B411300011.250
Ryan Zimmerman 3B514200100.429
Ian Desmond SS500000001.154
Danny Espinosa 2B402020000.400
  Ross Detwiler P000000000.000
  Kevin Frandsen PH100000000.000
  Rafael Soriano P000000000.000
Sandy Leon C410000012.000
Tanner Roark P100000001.000
  Scott Hairston PH1110000001.000
  Anthony Rendon 2B111000000.455
Eric Young LF500000001.000
Daniel Murphy 2B311000010.333
David Wright 3B411000000.364
Curtis Granderson RF402120000.154
Lucas Duda 1B300000011.000
Juan Lagares CF301110001.455
Travis d`Arnaud C300000012.000
Ruben Tejada SS401000002.300
Zack Wheeler P100000001.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Jeurys Familia P000000000.000
  Josh Satin PH000000010.000
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
  Gonzalez Germen P000000000.000
  Ike Davis PH101000000.333

E_D.Murphy 2. LOB_Washington 9, NY Mets 8. 2B_D.Span, D.Espinosa 2, C.Granderson 2, J.Lagares. HR_R.Zimmerman (1) off Z.Wheeler. SF_J.Lagares. S_D.Span, T.Roark, Z.Wheeler. GIDP_I.Desmond 2, D.Wright. DP_Washington 1 (I.Desmond, D.Espinosa and A.LaRoche); NY Mets 2 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and L.Duda), (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and L.Duda).

Tanner Roark (W 1-0)6.062235095-623.00
Ross Detwiler2.000011025-150.00
Rafael Soriano1.010002019-120.00
Zack Wheeler (L 0-1)6.0733261114-724.50
Scott Rice0.12220004-354.00
Jeurys Familia0.222110016-820.25
Carlos Torres1.021121031-209.00
Gonzalez Germen1.00000109-73.00

T_3:21. A_20561.
Umpires_Home,Tim Timmons; First, Todd Tichenor; Second, Tim Welke; Third, Clint Fagan.
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