May 17, 2014: Campbell and Lagares Bury Nationals

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Date: May 17, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 5
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Eric Campbell, Juan Lagares
Key play: Campbell’s single, Lagares’s single and homer

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday afternoon in Washington. The teams played a two-hour and forty-eight-minute game. Eric Campbell and Juan Lagares drove in all the runs of a 5-2 Mets win.

Daniel Murphy singled against Nats’ starter Gio Gonzalez with one out in the top of the first inning. David Wright hit a single and Chris Young drew a walk to load the bases. Campbell followed with a single to drive home both Murphy and Wright. Lagares singled to score Young for a three-run Mets lead. Anthony Recker flied out to right fielder Jayson Werth and a walk to Wilmer Flores loaded the bases. Gonzalez retired Bartolo Colon on a fly ball to Werth to end the inning. Colon then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Campbell got a one-out single in the top of the third. Lagares slugged a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Gonzalez fanned both Recker and Flores for the inning’s final outs and Colon yielded only a double to Nate McLouth in the bottom half. Washington reliever Craig Stammen set down the side in order in the top of the fourth and Werth drew a walk to open the bottom of the inning. Wilson Ramos lined out to right fielder Young and a two-run homer by Ian Desmond ensued. Danny Espinosa was retired on a line drive to Colon. Bartolo then threw a called third strike past Tyler Moore to close out the inning.

Colon and Stammen each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Nationals’ reliever Aaron Barrett hurled a perfect top of the eighth and Colon retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Washington’s Jerry Blevins set down all three batters in the top of the ninth and Werth singled against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ramos went down on strikes and Desmond hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada. Mejia then fanned Espinosa for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory.

Notes

  • The save for Mejia was the first of his major league career.