Steven Matz took to the hill Wednesday afternoon in the rubber match against the Nationals. He did not need much run support as he cruised to a 2-0 win to take the series.
Matz had the lead before Matz even took the mound. David Wright hit a solo home run off Tanner Roark in the top of the first to put the Mets on the board.
That one run was plenty for Matz, who pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out seven.
The Mets scored their second run in the seventh when Rene Rivera singled home Matt Reynolds. It was an unearned run for Roark since Daniel Murphy committed an error on a would-be double play ball off the bat of Eric Campbell, the batter before Rivera came to the plate.
It was tough luck for Tanner Roark, who pitched well in his seven innings of work.
It was also a big day for Reynolds, who singled earlier in the game for his first major league hit. Reynolds got into the game when Asdrubal Cabrera had to be scratched with back spasms.
Jeurys Familia got into some trouble in the ninth, but got Wilson Ramos to ground out to earn his 16th save of the season.
After the game, Nationals manger Dusty Baker was complimentary of the game Steven Matz pitched.