August 5, 2014: RBI Singles Beat Nationals

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Date: August 5, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 6
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, David Wright, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Tuesday night in Washington. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets hammered out five run-scoring singles for a 6-1 win over the Nats.

Daniel Murphy hit a one-out triple against Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez in the top of the first inning. David Wright singled to drive home Murphy and stole second base. Lucas Duda grounded out to first baseman Adam LaRoche and a strikeout of Eric Campbell ended the inning. Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler pitched a perfect bottom half and Travis d'Arnaud doubled to lead off the top of the second. Chris Young was called out on strikes and Ruben Tejada grounded out to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera. Wheeler hit a single to score d’Arnaud for a 2-0 Mets lead. Juan Lagares hit a single and Gonzalez retired Murphy on a fly ball to center fielder Denard Span for the inning’s third out.

LaRoche and Ian Desmond drew back-to-back walks to begin the bottom of the second inning. Bryce Harper took a called third strike and Cabrera walked to load the bases. With Jose Lobaton at bat, LaRoche came home on a wild pitch to reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Lobaton followed with a single that struck Cabrera between second and third base for an out. Wheeler then got Gonzalez to fly out to center fielder Lagares and finish off the inning.

Wheeler and Gonzalez each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Young drew a walk to begin the top of the seventh. Tejada got an infield single and Gonzalez was replaced on the mound by Washington reliever Drew Storen. Wheeler advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt and Lagares was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Murphy hit a single under Cabrera’s glove to bring home both Young and Tejada. Wright went down on strikes and Duda singled to plate Lagares, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Storen retired pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson on a line drive to right fielder Jayson Werth to end the inning. Wheeler and Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin then combined for a scoreless bottom half.

Nats’ reliever Blake Treinen hit d’Arnaud with a pitch to open the top of the eighth. Young singled and Tejada lined out to Span. Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled to drive home d’Arnaud with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Lagares was retired on a line drive to Werth, who followed up with a throw to catcher Lobaton for an out at home on Young and an inning-ending double play. New York’s Jeurys Familia then gave up only a double to LaRoche in the bottom half.

Treinen yielded only a single to Murphy in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Dana Eveland struck out Harper to start the bottom of the inning. Cabrera also went down on strikes. Eveland then retired Lobaton on a ground ball to shortstop Tejada for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory to begin the series.