After falling 2-0 and being shut down by Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday night, the Nationals were in search for the first win against the Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field. The Nats have struggled against their NL East rivals, going just 3-9 in their last 12 contests against the defending National League champions. The Nats prevailed with a 7-1 victory.
Gio Gonzalez got the start for Washington and he struck out five while only allowing one run. He went 6.1 innings for the victory. The Mets countered with Bartolo Colon and he struggled early on allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four. Colon only lasted 4.2 innings. The Mets pitching as a whole allowed 11 walks. The 11 walks the Nationals drew were a season high and tied a franchise record.
The Nationals got on the board in the top of the third. After Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper each drew walks, Daniel Murphy singled in Werth to give Washington a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied it at 1 in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a home run by Yoenis Cespedes into the left field stands.
The Nats threatened in the top of the fifth. Werth got it started with a single to centerfield. Harper drew another walk. After Murphy grounded out to move the runners to second and third, Anthony Rendon put the Nats on top with a single right in between Mets third basemen David Wright and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera give the Nats a 3-1 lead.
The Nats cruised from here on out. They got two more runs in the seventh. Ben Revere led off with a hit by pitch. Werth followed with a double. After Harper struck out, Murphy hit a fly ball into centerfield that looked like it would go right to the wall but Juan Lagares made a spectacular running catch. Nonetheless, it allowed Revere to score from third. After Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk to load the bases, Danny Espinosa followed with a walk that scored Werth.
“Top of the seventh took a long time just to get two runs. We still left a lot of runners on base tonight, we still gotta get better at that but it feels good to score some runs number one and number two, Gio continues to be one of our best pitchers. He gets better and better,” said Nationals manger Dusty Baker.
The Nats tacked on two more runs in the ninth. Zimmerman led off with a single and Rendon walked. Two batters later, Wilson Ramos singled to right to bring them home to give the Nats a 7-1 lead which would go on to be the final score.