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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Recap: Game 114 - Mets (1) at Nationals (6) - Fister Dominant, Niese Not


New York


W: D. Fister (11-3) L: J. Niese (5-8)
HR: NYM - None   WAS - A. LaRoche (14),D. Espinosa (7),A. LaRoche (15)


Doug Fister has been one of the most consistent pitchers for Washington this season and he continued his steady form in leading the Nationals to a 7-1 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday.

Fister (11-3) surrendered just an unearned run on six hits and struck out seven over 7 1/3 innings.

The right-hander has gone at least seven innings in three straight starts and 10 of 16 this season. Washington is 12-4 in those outings when Fister toes the rubber.

Adam LaRoche homered twice and Danny Espinosa hit a three-run shot for the Nationals, who snapped a brief two-game losing streak and increased their lead in the NL East to four games over the scuffling Atlanta Braves.

Jon Niese (5-8) took the loss after getting tagged for six runs on eight hits and two walks. The southpaw is now 0-4 since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a strained shoulder.

The Nats wasted no time, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Anthony Rendon clubbed a one-out double off the out-of-town scoreboard in right and scored on Jayson Werth's bloop single a batter later. LaRoche followed with a blast to right that staked the hosts to a 3-0 lead.

Ian Desmond poked a single to center with one out in the sixth and Bryce Harper drew a walk to put a pair of runners on. Espinosa then stepped in and cranked a homer out to left that doubled up the Mets, 6-0.

Juan Lagares singled to lead off the eighth and advanced to second when Ruben Tejada grounded a routine double-play ball to Rendon, who skipped his throw into second for an error. Fister struck out pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, then gave way to Matt Thornton.

Thornton, who was acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees, got Curtis Granderson to fly out to left for the second out of the frame. Daniel Murphy followed by grounding a single through the right side that allowed Lagares to race home for the only New York run.

LaRoche got the run back in the home half, however, with a long drive to center for his 15th homer of the campaign.

Game Notes

New York has lost three of its last four ... The Mets went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position ... Desmond stole his 12th base of the season ... Washington went 2-for-3 with RISP.

Box Score:

Curtis Granderson RF401000000.225
Daniel Murphy 2B402100001.302
David Wright 3B401000001.270
Lucas Duda 1B402000001.263
Travis d`Arnaud C401000000.221
Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF300000001.246
  Chris Young PH100000000.206
Juan Lagares CF411000001.282
Ruben Tejada SS300000001.226
Jon Niese P200000001.030
  Buddy Carlyle P000000000.000
  Eric Campbell PH100000001.309
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
Denard Span CF401000000.295
Anthony Rendon 3B412020000.282
Jayson Werth RF211100010.279
  Steven Souza Jr. RF100000000.100
Adam LaRoche 1B422300200.273
Ian Desmond SS411000000.245
Bryce Harper LF311000011.250
Danny Espinosa 2B411300102.221
Jose Lobaton C300000000.212
Doug Fister P300000001.034
  Matt Thornton P000000000.000
  Ross Detwiler P000000000.000

E_A.Rendon. LOB_NY Mets 6, Washington 3. 2B_A.Rendon 2. HR_A.LaRoche (14) off J.Niese, D.Espinosa (7) off J.Niese, A.LaRoche (15) off C.Torres. SB_I.Desmond (12). GIDP_D.Wright, T.d'Arnaud, A.Rendon. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and L.Duda); Washington 2 (A.Rendon, D.Espinosa and A.LaRoche 2).

Jon Niese (L 5-8)6.0866222102-673.51
Buddy Carlyle1.000000014-100.77
Carlos Torres1.011102117-123.34
Doug Fister (W 11-3)7.1610070101-692.49
Matt Thornton0.210000016-140.00
Ross Detwiler1.010001015-103.52

T_2:31. A_26701.
Umpires_Home,Larry Vanover; First, Dan Iassogna; Second, Vic Carapazza; Third, Paul Nauert.
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