Max Scherzer gave up a run in the bottom of the first, on a no-doubter of a home run by Brandon Nimmo, then held the New York Mets off the board through six innings as Washington rallied to take a 3-1 lead.
Scherzer left the game after completing his six innings of work on the mound, and the Nationals’ bullpen gave up a run, but preserved the lead, in what ended up a 3-2 win.
Trea Turner took Jacob deGrom deep in the third inning for a two-run home run to left that put the Nationals up 2-1 after Nimmo’s homer, and Jose Lobaton drove in a run on an RBI single in the fifth to make it a 3-1 game.
Ryan Madson gave up a run in the bottom of the eighth, the third earned runs he’s allowed in 19 innings since joining the Nationals, but got out No. 2 before issuing a base-loading walk.
Sammy Solis took over at that point, and struck Kevin Plawecki out to end the threat.
Brandon Kintzler got the ninth and earned his first save with the Nationals and 29th on the year. Final Score: 3-2 Nationals.
Nationals now 94-61
HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED:
• Victor Robles robbed Jose Reyes of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch at the wall in right field for out No. 2 in the bottom of the first, but Brandon Nimmo hit a fly to right in the next at bat that no one but fans had a chance of catching.
Nimmo’s fifth of 2017 put the Mets up 1-0 on Max Scherzer and the Nats early in the series finale in Citi Field.
More like Victor Rob-les, amirite? pic.twitter.com/FzfoIIbYm1— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 24, 2017
• Max Scherzer bunted into a force at second base after a leadoff single by Nationals’ catcher Jose Lobaton in the third, but Trea Turner brought the starter in with a two-run line drive to left that cleared the fence on a 3-2 slider up in the zone inside from Jacob deGrom. 2-1 Nats. Turner’s 11th.
• Michael A. Taylor singled for his first hit in 19 career at bats against deGrom, stole second base, took third on a throwing error by Travis d’Arnaud, and scored on an RBI blooper to short left by Jose Lobaton, 3-1. deGrom picked up his 10th K, striking out three straight after the hits by Taylor and Lobaton.
• Scherzer issued his first walk, and picked up his 10th K, in a 14-pitch sixth inning that left him at 87 pitches overall, with just one run allowed on three hits.
• Jacob deGrom’s Line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 Ks, 1 HR, 102 P, 66 S, 3/3 GO/FO.
• Max Scherzer’s Line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 Ks, 1 HR, 87 P, 59 S, 2/4 GO/FO.
• Joe Blanton took over on the mound for Scherzer in the bottom of the seventh and gave up a one-out walk to Phillip Evans. Amed Rosario lined to right in the next at bat, where Victor Robles fought the sun, but made the catch, then threw a strike to first to catch Evans off the bag for an inning-ending 9-3 DP. Rob. Les.
Victor Robles is putting on a defensive clinic today. pic.twitter.com/ayua6NIaE2— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 24, 2017
• Ryan Madson took the mound in the eighth and gave up leadoff and one-out singles that put runners on the corners in front of Jose Reyes, who drove a single through the right side to make it a one-run game, 3-2.
Madson caught Brandon Nimmo looking with a 3-2 fastball knee-high inside for the second out of the inning, but fell behing Travis d’Arnaud, 3-0, and walked the Mets’ catcher to load the bases. That was it for Madson.
• Sammy Solis took over on the mound with the bases loaded and two out in the Mets’ eighth, fell behind 3-1, then threw back-to-back fastballs by Kevin Plawecki to end the inning.
• Brandon Kintzler got the ball in the ninth and gave up back-to-back, one-out singles by Amed Rosario and Juan Lagares, but stranded both runners. Ballgame. Final Score: 3-2 Nationals.
NATIONALS PREGAME NOTES:
- Washington’s win last night left them 129-110 in the all-time series with the New York Mets, and 47-28 against their NL East rivals since 2014.
- Washington’s 48-29 record on the road after last night’s win is the best road record in the NL and third-best in the majors.
- The Nationals have now matched the franchise record for road wins in a season, and they have four games left to set a new mark.
- Since signing with the Nationals, former Mets infielder Daniel Murphy has nine home runs and a .390 AVG in 37 games against his one-time team.
- Adam Lind’s 200th career home runs last night was his 14th of the season, his 6th against the Mets, and the Nationals’ 204th of the season, a new franchise record.
- Max Scherzer started the day with a 2.59 ERA on the season, the fourth-lowest ERA in the NL.
- Washington’s offense started the day leading the NL in SLG (.451), runs scored (787), and OPS (.782), and ranked second in the National League in AVG (.266), and extra-base hits (534).
Nationals now 94-61