Stephen Strasburg gave up three earned runs in five innings of work on Saturday night, as many runs as he allowed in his previous 43 IP, but left the second game of three with the New York Mets in Citi Field with the score tied up at 3-3, after the Nationals rallied to even things up with two in the fourth and a run in the top of the fifth.
Washington’s relievers (righties Matt Albers, Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and left Sammy Solis) combined to retire 12 of 13 batters after Strasburg was done, keeping it tied at 3-3 after nine.
It stayed tied until the top of the tenth when Daniel Murphy hit a 2-2 slider from right-hander Jacob Rhame to center for the former Mets’ outfielder’s 23rd home run of the 2017 campaign and his ninth career home run in 37 games against his former team.
Final Score: 4-3 Nationals.
Nationals now 93-61
HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED:
• Noah Syndergaard, in his first major league outing since April 30th (lat tear), worked around a one-out single, getting a 4-6-3 double play out of Daniel Murphy after a one-out single to center by Jayson Werth. Syndergaard was scheduled to go just one inning in his return to the mound with Matt Harvey taking over.
• Norichika Aoki (single) and Jose Reyes (double) connected for back-to-back hits in the bottom of the first inning, but both runners were stranded three outs later, at the end of an 18-pitch first by Stephen Strasburg.
• A leadoff single (by Aoki) and one-out walk to Asdrubal Cabrera gave the Mets an opportunity in the third that they cashed in when Brandon Nimmo hit a ground-rule double to left to drive Aoki in for a 1-0 lead. Kevin Plawecki followed with a two-run single to center, 3-0 Mets after three.
• Daniel Murphy doubled for the 42nd time this season with one out in the fourth, and one out later Adam Lind hit a 2-2 change outside out to left field for a two-run homer that made it a one-run game, 3-2. Lind’s 14th this season, and his sixth against the NY Mets.
• Matt Wieters tied things up in the fifth, taking a 2-0 fastball from Matt Harvey for a ride to right-center for a leadoff blast, his 10th of 2017, to make it 3-3 game.
Until Matt Wieters hit our 205th HR. pic.twitter.com/SQm1NT8ut6— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 24, 2017
• Matt Harvey’s Line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 2 HRs, 80 P, 49 S, 6/2 GO/FO.
• Josh Smoker gave up a one-out walk and single in the sixth, but stranded both of the runners in a scoreless frame.
• Stephen Strasburg’s Line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 83 P, 56 S, 3/2 GO/FO.
• Matt Albers tossed a quick, seven-pitch sixth after taking over for Strasburg.
• Chasen Bradford worked around a Wilmer Difo single in the top of the seventh inning, and Brandon Kintzler tossed a 14-pitch bottom of the inning, working around a leadoff hit.
• Anthony Rendon walked (and had 80 BB/79 Ks on the season) with one down in the top of the eighth, and, after Jamie Callahan took over for Mets’ lefty Jerry Blevins, went first-to-third on a single to center by pinch hitter Howie Kendrick, but Michael A. Taylor and Andrew Stevenson K’d swinging in back-to-back ABs to end the threat.
• Ryan Madson struck out the side in an 11-pitch bottom of the eighth inning.
• Trea Turner hit a two-out double to left off Jeurys Familia in the Nationals’ half of the ninth, but Jayson Werth K’d swinging to end the inning.
• Sammy Solis struck out two batters in an 18-pitch, 1-2-3 ninth to send it to extra innings tied at 3-3.
• Daniel Murphy untied it with a solo shot to center field in the top of the tenth, taking a 2-2 slider from right-hander Jacob Rhame for a ride for his 23rd of 2017. 4-3 Nats.
• Sean Doolittle came on in the bottom of the tenth looking for save No. 20 in 20 opportunities with the Nationals and worked around a two-out walk to earn it.
Ballgame. Final Score: 4-3 Nationals.
NATIONALS PREGAME NOTES:
- Washington’s loss last night left them 128-110 against New York in the all-time series between the two teams, though the Nationals are 46-28 against the Mets since the start of the 2014 campaign.
- Washington is 11-6 against New York this season, with a 6-2 record in Citi Field after last night’s loss.
- Washington’s 47-29 road record on the season is the NL’s best and the third-best in the majors.
- With two wins in the next five games on the current road trip, the Nationals can set a new franchise record for road wins in a single season.
- Adam Lind’s home run last night was his 13th, and the 203rd by a Nationals’ player this season, tying the franchise record for home runs in a single season.
- Washington’s 783 runs scored on the season are a new single season franchise record, topping 2016’s 763 runs scored.
- Stephen Strasburg’s 2.60 ERA heading into tonight’s start was the third-lowest in the NL, behind only teammate Max Scherzer (2.59) and the LA Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (2.26).
- Washington’s offense started the night leading the NL In SLG (.450), runs scored (783), and OPS (.781), and the Nationals were ranked second in AVG (.266), and extra-base hits (529).
Nationals now 93-61