WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman
hit a solo homer to right-center with one out in the last of the ninth against reliever LaTroy Hawkins
as the Washington Nationals
beat the New York Mets
2-1 on Friday night. It was the ninth career walk-off homer by Zimmerman.
The win gave the Nationals a split of the day-night doubleheader. New York won the first game 11-0 as Daniel Murphy
had four hits, including two home runs, and a career-high five RBIs.
New York starter Matt Harvey
struck out seven and allowed one unearned run in eight innings before he was lifted for pinch-hitter Ike Davis in the ninth. Hawkins (3-2) came on in the ninth for the Mets, who fell to 46-54.
Washington starter Ross Ohlendorf allowed one run on six hits with eight strikeouts before Tyler Clippard
took over and pitched a scoreless eighth. Closer Rafael Soriano
came on to pitch a scoreless ninth.
Mets' shortstop Justin Turner left the game with right shoulder soreness and was replaced in the last of the seventh by Omar Quintanilla. Turner was shaken up when he ran into left fielder Andrew Brown while catching a pop up in the first inning of the second game.
Soriano is 2-2 as the Nationals (50-54) won for just the second time in nine games on the current homestand, both on walk-off fashion on homers.
Jayson Werth scored in the fifth on a throwing error by Murphy to tie the game at 1.
The Mets broke a scoreless tie in the fourth as John Buck hit a two-out double over the head of left fielder Steve Lombardozzi to score Josh Satin, who had doubled to right-center with one out against Ohlendorf.
Mets' All-Star starter Matt Harvey, pitching on the one-year anniversary of his debut, allowed just three hits and one unearned run in the first five innings.
Harvey began the day with an ERA of 2.23, the third-best mark in the majors.
Ohlendorf made his second start of the season and first at Nationals Park. He actually entered the game with an ERA (2.03) better than that of Harvey, though the Mets' hurler had thrown 111 1/3 innings more than his mound foe.
NOTES: Bryce Harper was not in the starting lineup for Washington in the second game. He made a diving catch in the fifth inning of the first game and was removed for a pinch-runner after a single in the eighth. ... In his first 30 big league outings, Harvey had an ERA of 2.38, the best mark in franchise history for a pitcher after that many games. ... The last start Ohlendorf made against the Mets was June 4, 2009, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. He did not figure in the decision for the Pirates.
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