July 26, 2013: Mejia and Murphy Pummel Nats

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Date: July 26, 2013
Mets starter: Jenrry Mejia
Mets: 11
Nationals: 0
Winning pitcher: Jenrry Mejia
Key player(s): Jenrry Mejia, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis
Key play: Murphy’s two home runs, Davis’s three-run homer

The Mets faced the Nationals in a day-night doubleheader on a Friday in Washington. In the afternoon opener of the twinbill, Jenrry Mejia made his first start of the season. Mejia pitched seven solid innings and Daniel Murphy drove in five runs in an 11-0 Mets win.

With one out in the top of the first, Murphy homered to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Nats’ starter Jordan Zimmerman struck out David Wright and Marlon Byrd to end the inning and Steve Lombardozzi hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Ryan Zimmerman singled to send Lombardozzi to third base and Adam LaRoche went down on strikes. Mejia then retired Jayson Werth on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy to close out the inning.

Jordan Zimmerman set down the Mets in order in the top of the second. Mejia pitched a scoreless bottom half and Juan Lagares doubled with two outs in the top of the third. Murphy followed with his second home run of the game to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Wright flied out to left fielder Bryce Harper to end the inning and Lombardozzi got a one-out single in the bottom half. Ryan Zimmerman hit a single and LaRoche popped out to third baseman Wright. Mejia then struck out Werth to finish off the inning.

Mejia and Jordan Zimmerman each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Anthony Recker hit a leadoff double against Jordan Zimmerman in the top of the seventh. Omar Quintanilla was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Werth. Mejia grounded out to first baseman LaRoche and a single by Lagares brought home Recker. With Murphy at bat against Washington reliever Fernando Abad, Lagares stole second base. Murphy hit a single that scored Lagares and increased the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Wright singled and Abad retired Byrd on an inning-ending fly ball to Werth. Mejia then set down the Nationals 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Nats’ reliever Ryan Mattheus hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. For the Mets, reliever Scott Rice gave up only a single to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the inning. Quintanilla drew a walk against Mattheus to open the top of the ninth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was called out on strikes and Lagares hit a double to left field. Murphy singled to plate Quintanilla for his fifth run batted in of the game. Wright singled off Washington’s Drew Storen to bring home Lagares. Byrd followed with a double that scored Murphy for an 8-0 Mets lead. Ike Davis slugged a homer to lengthen the New York lead to eleven runs. Pinch-hitter Josh Satin was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Lombardozzi. Storen then got Recker to fly out to left fielder Scott Hairston and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Gonzalez Germen retired LaRoche on a ground ball to first baseman Davis to begin the bottom of the ninth. Werth grounded out to shortstop Quintanilla and a walk to Ian Desmond ensued. Germen then got Denard Span to foul out to Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory to start the doubleheader.