April 21, 2013: Mets Shut Out Nationals

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Date: April 21, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 2
Nationals: 0
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, John Buck, Mike Baxter
Key play: Buck’s home run, Baxter’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Five Mets pitchers teamed up for a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Washington.

Mets’ starter Dillon Gee struck out both Denard Span and Jayson Werth to begin the top of the first inning. Singles by Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche followed and a foul pop-up by Ian Desmond was caught by first baseman Ike Davis for the third out. Nats’ starter Jordan Zimmerman pitched a scoreless bottom half and Gee retired the side in order in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, John Buck homered for a 1-0 Mets lead. Zimmerman then set down the next three batters to end the inning.

Gee gave up just a single to Werth in the top of the third. Zimmerman hurled a perfect bottom half and Gee retired all three Washington hitters in the top of the fourth. David Wright drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning. Davis singled to send Wright to third base and Buck flied out to center fielder Span. Lucas Duda walked to load the bases. Mike Baxter followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Wright with the second run for the Mets. Ruben Tejada reached on an error by third baseman Anthony Rendon that loaded the bases once again. Zimmerman then got Gee on a foul pop-up to first baseman LaRoche for the inning’s final out.

Gee set down the Nationals 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning. Zimmerman pitched a scoreless bottom half and Span drew a walk to open the top of the sixth. Werth was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Baxter. With Harper at bat, Span was caught stealing on catcher Buck’s throw to shortstop Tejada. Harper walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Gee issued a walk to LaRoche and Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins threw a called third strike past Desmond to finish off the inning. For the Nats, reliever Zach Duke yielded only a single to Baxter in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Brandon Lyon retired the Nationals in order in the top of the seventh. Duke surrendered only a single to Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi singled against New York’s Scott Rice to lead off the top of the eighth. Span drew a walk and Werth hit a double play ground ball to Tejada. Rice fanned Harper to bring the inning to and end. Washington’s Henry Rodriguez then set down all three batters in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell struck out LaRoche to start the top of the ninth. Desmond was retired on a ground ball to Tejada. Parnell then threw a called third strike past Rendon to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing shutout victory comprised of a quintet of pitchers.