Harper hits hard home run, propels Nationals over Mets 8-3


The top pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Strasburg squared off with a 34th-round selection in NY starter Seth Lugo. With a good ERA of 2.91, but a shaky WHIP (1.320) and FIP (4.36) implies that this is not going to be another 2012, Cy Young contending season for the veteran lefty.

deGrom provided on both the offensive end, and defensive end today. deGrom followed up an opposite field solo shot in the third inning with 8 innings of 1 run (not earned) ball. "But it's paid off. Put him in the two hole, got him up there a fifth time in the last inning". "Sometimes they would show up, sometimes they wouldn't", Strasburg said.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker didn't mind. "Enny, he threw lights out". Murphy, who doubled in the ninth off of Addison Reed to remain ideal in reaching base at least once in 29 career games against the Mets, was unable to locate a Lucas Duda pop-up to start the fourth inning, allowing the ball to drop for a single.

Max Scherzer struck out 10 over eight masterful innings to reach double digits for the fifth straight start and limited the Mets to four hits, leading the Washington Nationals over NY 7-2 on Friday night.

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (1-0, 1.29) pitched seven strong innings last weekend at Atlanta to win his season debut after a bout with elbow inflammation. Turner's fifth career leadoff homer and third this season, on Lugo's second pitch, was the third the Mets have allowed in their past five games. "We're having trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark", Collins said. A career.102 hitter coming in, he helped himself with an RBI single.

Wilmer Flores and Rene Rivera homered for the Mets.

The game was tied at 3-3 entering the ninth, but Alex Avila singled off Tommy Hunter (0-2) with one out.

The New York Mets will try to salvage something from this series after dropping the first three games of the set, including their game three loss on Saturday.

Jacob deGrom talks about his eight innings and home run, with his son and dad in attendance on Father's Day.

Strasburg couldn't figure out how to get Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce out as they went a combined 6 for 6 against him.

Gonzalez (6-1) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings, improving to 10-1 at Citi Field. He was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament late in spring training. As a result, Romero fell behind 2-0, but he won out, inducing a game-ending 5-4-3 double play on the next pitch, pumping his fist at the final out.

NOTES: The Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley (right trapezius strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse. The slugger has also dealt with quadriceps and heel issues recently, and his legs were tested several times Saturday following hours of heavy rain in the early afternoon before the game.

DeGrom mixed his fastball, slider and changeup well, fanned Bryce Harper with a 97 miles per hour heater on his 105th and last pitch and walked off to a standing ovation. DeGrom is 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA in nine career turns against the Nationals. He is the first Los Angeles pitcher to begin a season without a loss in 10 or more starts since Orel Hershiser began 1985 by staying unbeaten in 11 starts.

The Nationals scored in the first inning versus Mets starter Jacob deGrom. In his last start, the right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless, making his fourth straight start with 3 runs or less.