April 19, 2013: Davis and Duda Double-Slug Nats

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Date: April 19, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 7
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Ike Davis, Lucas Duda
Key play: Davis’s and Duda’s home runs

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each hit two home runs in a 7-1 Mets win over Washington.

Mets’ starter Matt Harvey pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. To begin the bottom half, Jordany Valdespin reached on an error by shortstop Ian Desmond. Valdespin advanced to third base on a single by Daniel Murphy and came home on a wild pitch. David Wright flied out to right fielder Jayson Werth and a strikeout of Davis ensued. John Buck hit a single to score Murphy for a 2-0 Mets lead. Nats’ starter Stephen Strasburg then retired Duda on a fly ball to center fielder Denard Span that closed out the inning.

Harvey and Strasburg each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Matt shut down the Nationals in the top of the sixth and Davis homered to lead off the bottom half. Buck flied out to Werth and a home run by Duda increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Strasburg set down the next two batters to end the inning and Adam LaRoche walked to lead off the top of the seventh. Desmond hit a single and Chad Tracy singled to score LaRoche with the first Washington run. Steve Lombardozzi reached on an error by second baseman Murphy to load the bases. Kurt Suzuki went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina fouled out to catcher Buck. Harvey got Span to hit an inning-ending ground ball to Murphy. Nats’ reliever Zach Duke then hurled a perfect bottom half.

For the Mets, reliever Scott Rice retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Wright hit a leadoff triple against Washington’s Drew Storen in the bottom of the inning. Davis connected for his second home run of the game to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Buck was struck out and Duda followed with his second homer for the seventh New York run. Storen then fanned Marlon Byrd and got Ruben Tejada on a line drive to left fielder Bryce Harper for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired Desmond on a line drive to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to start the top of the ninth. Tracy grounded out to Murphy. Lombardozzi then grounded back to Parnell to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory to open the weekend series.