Nats Crush Mets 8-3

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The Nationals took the four-game series opener from the Mets on Thursday night at Citi Field in New York with an 8-3 win. It was a big bounce back win after getting trounced by the Braves the day before.

Gio Gonzalez got the win and improved his record to 6-1. He went seven innings allowing just two runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

In the first Bryce Harper crushed a solo home run into the seats in right field. The ball was hit at 116.3 mph.

In the fourth, Matt Wieters hit a double down the right field line and Gonzalez helped his own cause with a base hit into centerfield that landed in between the outstretched gloves of T.J. Rivera and Juan Lagares that scored Wieters, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead.

The Mets struck back in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back doubles by Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce. The second double made it a 2-1 game.

In the fifth the Nats added five runs to take command. Brian Goodwin led off with a double and Ryan Zimmerman would soon follow with a base hit to put runners at the corners. That put Daniel Murphy at the plate, and just like in the past, he haunted his former ballclub with a two-run triple.

Following that, Anthony Rendon singled as Lagares just missed the diving catch, which scored Murphy and put the Nats up 5-1. Lagares would later leave the game with a fracture in his left thumb. Michael Taylor then came up and delivered a two-run shot to straightaway center. The home run by Taylor was the Nats’ 100th home run of the season. They reached that mark in their 66th game of the season which is their fastest mark to 100 home runs in club history (2005-present).

In the sixth Brian Goodwin continued his hot bat with an RBI double that scored Trea Turner.

The Nats and Mets will meet again Friday night with first pitch at 7:10.

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