The Nationals defeated the Mets 4-2 in another lackluster showing by the offense. Max Scherzer was the last thing this offense needed but there was no avoiding the pitching matchup. Asdrubal Cabrera bunted for a hit in the second and that would be the only hit Scherzer would allow until the eighth, when Brandon Nimmo singled to end his night. The eighth was also an opportunity to tie the game, but Alejandro De Aza struck out with the tying runs in scoring position.
Logan Verrett held the Nationals to just two runs in five innings, the biggest blow being Daniel Murphy’s home run in the third. Antonio Bastardo was solid in his two innings of work but Sean Gilmartin gave up another home run to Murphy. That was a tough blow to take since James Loney cracked a two-run home run in the ninth to halve the lead, but in the end Murphy’s second home run was the difference in the game.
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