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New York at Washington

Venue: Nationals Park
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The Nationals have had the Mets' number throughout the Davey Johnson era.

The New York Mets look to exact some revenge Sunday with their first three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals since 2009.

Johnson, whose first managerial job came with the Mets and was highlighted by winning the 1986 World Series, has seen his current team fall 7 1/2 games behind Cincinnati for the second NL wild-card spot after consecutive losses to New York - including an 11-3 defeat Saturday.

The Mets (62-72) will try to further damage the Nationals' slim playoff chances behind Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69 ERA), who has had their number of late. Since allowing six runs in 4 1-3 innings the first time he faced Washington, he is 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA against the Nationals.

Niese has been pitched well against Jayson Werth, striking him out eight times while allowing four singles in 17 at-bats.

After a rough start to the year, Niese is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts since returning from a partially torn left rotator cuff on Aug. 11.

"It's kind of rewarding to know I'm 100 percent now," Niese said after throwing a three-hitter Tuesday against Philadelphia for his second career shutout.

While Niese tries to shoulder some of the load the final month with Mets ace Matt Harvey out for the season, Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 2.49) is simply trying to prove he belongs in Washington's rotation.

Ohlendorf (3-0, 2.49) has a 2.82 ERA in four starts this season, with his best one coming against the Mets on July 26. He limited them to one run in seven innings with a season-high eight strikeouts but left without a decision as Washington got a 2-1 walkoff victory.

Johnson will surely keep an eye on his right-hander after Ohlendorf hit a wall in his two starts back from shoulder inflammation. Against the Cubs, Ohlendorf allowed three of his four runs in his fifth and final frame. On Tuesday, he held the Marlins to two hits over five scoreless innings before Christian Yelich homered off him to lead off the sixth.

"He's done that now several times," said Johnson, who is 28-14 versus the Mets as Nationals manager. "He just kind of ran out of gas like he did the game before."

Ohlendorf has allowed three home runs in 9 1-3 innings in those outings.

The Mets have scored 25 runs over a three-game winning streak after totaling 13 while losing six of seven.

Daniel Murphy is 9 for 14 in New York's three wins, and the second baseman has a .383 average (23 for 60) against Washington this season.

Travis d'Arnaud, who went 3 for 28 in his first 10 games after being called up, has four hits in his last eight at-bats.

"Just always be ready to hit, because you never know when you'll get that mistake," d'Arnaud told the team's official website. "You see less and less mistakes up here compared to down there."

New York's lineup suffered a big loss on Saturday, however, as first baseman Ike Davis is likely headed to the disabled list with a strained muscle on his right side.

"I doubt we see him," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "2013 is going to go down as a real frustrating year for Ike Davis."

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Probable Starters

Jonathon Niese, LHP
2013 stats
105.0 Innings Pitched 43.1
6-6 Wins-Losses 3-0
3.69 Earned Run Average 2.49
39 Walks 12
77 Strikeouts 34
97 Pitches Per Start 93
Career vs. opponent
38.0 Innings Pitched 15.0
3-0 Wins-Losses 0-0
2.37 Earned Run Average 10.20

Ross Ohlendorf, RHP
Weather
weather image  Isolated tstorms. High level clouds. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
89°F73°F6mph/SW57%57%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Mets4th NL East4450.46877-3 W 2
Washington1st NL East5042.543-6-4 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Ross Ohlendorf
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Murphy74010.571
Satin42001.500
Lagares52000.400
Turner31001.333
Young41001.250
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jonathon Niese
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Zimmerman145014.357
Ramos31001.333
LaRoche154203.267
Harper41000.250
Werth174018.235
 

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Injuries
NY Mets
PlayerInjury
M. HarveyElbow
J. NieseShoulder
B. ParnellElbow
T. TeagardenHamstring
Washington
PlayerInjury
J. KobernusHand
R. OhlendorfBack
E. PerezToe
J. ZimmermannBiceps
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 2PHIWAS 5-3Blevins Adams 
May 3PHIPHI 7-2Burnett Roark 
May 4PHIPHI 1-0Hernandez Gonzalez 
Jun 3WASWAS 7-0Zimmermann Buchanan 
Jun 4WASWAS 8-4Strasburg Burnett 
Jun 5WASWAS 4-2Fister Kendrick 
Jul 11PHIPHI 6-2Burnett Zimmermann 
Jul 12PHIWAS 5-3Detwiler Diekman 
Jul 13PHI 1:35 PM EDT  
Jul 31WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 1WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 2WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 3WAS 1:35 PM EDT  
Aug 25PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 26PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 27PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 5WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 6WAS 4:05 PM EDT  
Sep 7WAS 1:35 PM EDT