Mets 11, Nationals 0

David Driver, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON -- Daniel Murphy hit home runs in his first two at bats, drove in five and pitcher Jenrry Mejia pitched seven shutout innings as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 11-0 on Friday in the first of a day-night doubleheader.
It was the second time in his career Murphy, hitting about 40 points higher on the road, has hit two homers in a game. Murphy, who had four hits, has a hit in 15 of the last 16 games and has gone deep eight times this year.
The Mets (46-53) jumped on Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann early as Murphy, the second batter of the game, blasted a 444-foot solo homer to right center to give New York a 1-0 lead. Murphy then clubbed a two-run homer down the right field line in the third to make it 3-0.
Juan Lagares (three hits) had an RBI single to chase Zimmermann (12-6) in the seventh to make 4-0 and Murphy had an RBI single off reliever Fernando Abad to give the Mets a 5-0 cushion.
Murphy had his fourth hit, an RBI single to left, against Ryan Mattheus to give the Mets a 6-0 bulge in the ninth and David Wright made it 7-0 with an RBI single against Drew Storen. Former Nationals' player Marlon Byrd then had an RBI double against Storen to make it 8-0.
Ike Davis then smashed a three-run homer into the Washington bullpen off Storen to give the Mets an 11-0 lead, with six runs in the ninth, as a few boos rained down on the maligned Nats' reliever, a former closer who could be headed to the minors.
It was the seventh loss in eight games for the Nationals (49-54), who are 3-12 in the last 15 games and are in danger of falling further out of the National League East race even before Atlanta comes to town for a three-game series Aug. 5.
Mets' starter Mejia (1-0) was activated as the 26th player by the Mets for the day-night doubleheader and posted his second career win in seven starts. It was the longest outing of the career for Mejia, who allowed seven hits before Scott Rice took over in the eighth.
Zimmermann allowed five runs in 6 and 2/3 innings against the Mets, who are 21-13 since June 18.
Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Zimmerman had two hits each for the Nationals and they both have five hits in the past two games.
NOTES: The Nationals activated RHP Ryan Mattheus from the DL (right hand) as the 26th man for the day-night doubleheader and he came on in the eighth. ... The Nationals will have to drop someone off the roster after the second game Friday, as will the Mets. ... Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.23) made his Major League debut one year ago today -- July 26, 2012 -- and he will pitch the second game Friday against former Princeton standout Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.03) of the Nationals. ... The Mets traded minor league OF Julio Concepcion and RHP Andres Perez to the Angels of Anaheim in exchange for an international signing bonus allotment slot. ... Jayson Werth of Washington has 11 homers in 45 games since coming off the DL June 4. ... The only time Murphy was retired was on a liner to Bryce Harper in left in the fifth.

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