April 9, 2015: Four-Run 3rd Leads Mets Past Nats

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Date: April 9, 2015
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 6
Nationals: 3
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Michael Cuddyer, Daniel Murphy, Travis d'Arnaud, David Wright
Key play: Mets' RBI singles

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Thursday afternoon in Washington. The teams played the finale of a three-game, season-opening series. The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and defeated the Nats, 6-3.

Matt Harvey and Washington's Stephen Strasburg each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Curtis Granderson singled with one out in the top of the third. David Wright reached on shortstop Ian Desmond's error and Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Michael Cuddyer and Daniel Murphy got back-to-back singles to score Granderson and Wright, respectively. Juan Lagares popped out to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and a single by Travis d'Arnaud drove home Duda and Cuddyer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Strasburg threw a called third strike past Wilmer Flores to end the inning. Harvey then yielded only a single to Yunel Escobar in the bottom half.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, d'Arnaud and Flores got consecutive singles against Strasburg to open the top of the sixth. Harvey went down on strikes and Granderson drew a walk that loaded the bases. Wright hit a single to bring home d'Arnaud and Flores, increasing the Mets' lead to 6-0. Nationals' reliever Xavier Cedeno fanned both Duda and Cuddyer for the inning's final outs. Harvey then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Washington's Tanner Roark gave up just a single to Lagares in the top of the seventh. Desmond walked against the Mets' Alex Torres to begin the bottom of the inning. Dan Uggla was called out on strikes and Jose Lobaton drew a walk. Against New York's Buddy Carlyle, Reed Johnson flied out to right fielder Granderson. Michael Taylor hit a double to score Desmond and Lobaton, cutting the Mets' lead to 6-2. Carlyle then retired Escobar on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy to close out the inning.

Roark pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Mets' reliever Carlos Torres set down all three batters in the bottom half and the Nats' Aaron Barrett did the same in the top of the ninth. Desmond doubled against New York's Jeurys Familia to lead off the bottom of the inning. Uggla grounded out to third baseman Wright and a strikeout of Lobaton ensued. Johnson hit a single to plate Desmond with the Nationals' third run. Familia then got Taylor to fly out to center fielder Lagares and end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.