Mat Latos homers, pitches well in Nats debut before leaving

against the at Nationals Park on September 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Anthony Rendon #6 after scoring in the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

By Michael Marzzacco

Pitcher Mat Latos impressed in his Nationals debut on both sides of the plate despite exiting early in the fifth due to tightness in his right hamstring. He allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings and went yard for a home run into left center in the second inning. His lone run was allowed in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Yoenis Cespedes. The Nats took the lead in the first with back-to-back walks with the bases loaded.

After Latos homered in the second, Anthony Rendon jacked a three run homer, his 18th of the year to give the Nationals a commanding 6-1 edge. The Nats tallied two more runs in the fourth with an RBI single by Wilson Ramos that scored Jayson Werth and another RBI single by Ryan Zimmerman that scored Bryce Harper.

The Nats 9-1 win over the Mets reduces their magic number to nine. Tonight at 7:05 AJ Cole (1-2, 4.56 ERA) and Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.48 ERA) go head to head.

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