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Washington at New York

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Washington (4-13) «0220400008131
N.Y. Mets (8-10)100000000161

Nationals 8, Mets 1

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NEW YORK -- Despite an inept start to the season, the Washington Nationals have a couple of reasons to get excited in Jordan Zimmermann and Jesus Flores.

Zimmermann showed off the impressive combination of sharp stuff and steady composure that makes him one of baseball's top prospects, and Flores led the offensive charge Sunday as Washington routed the New York Mets 8-1 for its first road victory of the year.

"It feels great. We know that we're better than our record shows," manager Manny Acta said. "We needed a game like this."

Flores homered and drove in three runs against his former club, Austin Kearns also teed off on an ineffective Oliver Perez and the Nationals improved the majors' worst record to 4-13.

The 22-year-old Zimmermann (2-0) beat Atlanta 3-2 in his major league debut last Monday and stifled the inconsistent Mets, too. Mixing a 95 mph fastball with snappy off-speed pitches, he struck out slumping David Wright three times and allowed one run with six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"He's going to give us a chance every game to win," Adam Dunn said. "He's got a real calm demeanor. He's got the perfect pitcher's mentality."

Handed an 8-1 lead, Mike Hinckley, Garrett Mock and Kip Wells provided hitless relief as Washington won for the first time in nine games away from home.

Zimmermann and starter Shairon Martis, both rookies, have all four wins for the Nationals.

It was a lethargic loss for the Mets (8-10), who host first-place Florida for a three-game series beginning Monday night at Citi Field. Converted infielder Daniel Murphy botched another line drive to left field and Carlos Beltran pulled up on an attempted steal, thinking he heard the ball hit the bat.

"It was a mistake. I know that I should slide right there," said Beltran, tagged out easily on the play.

Before this season, Zimmermann had never been above Double-A. But despite his inexperience, he pitched with the sort of poise and grit the Mets have long sought from Perez (1-2).

After getting tagged for seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, the erratic lefty has a 9.31 ERA. Only four starts after re-signing with New York for $36 million over three years, he could be in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation.

"I'm really concerned about him at this point. I don't know what we do. I'm not going to come out and make a decision right now," manager Jerry Manuel said. "I haven't seen stuff yet. I don't know what it is with Ollie. I'm going to sit down and talk with him and try to figure it out."

Perez has allowed 15 walks and 23 hits in 19 1/3 innings. He was booed off the field by a frustrated crowd of 40,023 -- even Wright heard catcalls during an 0-for-4 day that included a run-scoring throwing error from third base.

The All-Star slugger has fanned 23 times in 70 at-bats this season, an alarming rate for a player who set a career high last year with 118 strikeouts. He has one home run and six RBI.

Manuel was asked if Wright needs a day off.

"I think I need one," he said.

Flores finished with three hits and a walk, including a two-run homer (his second of the series) and an RBI single. After driving in 59 runs in 90 games last year, he is batting .327 with 10 RBI.

The young catcher was snatched up by Washington when the Mets left him unprotected in the December 2006 winter meeting draft (Rule 5), a move that certainly appears to be a mistake.

"He's a good hitter -- period," Acta said. "Especially against left-handers, he's a killer."

Kearns' solo shot to center, estimated at 420 feet, started a four-run surge in the fifth. The ball landed on the painted black turf that serves as the batters' eye at Citi Field, and it was the first home run in the spacious new ballpark that went between the alleys.

"I'm not doing my job and I don't feel good about that," Perez said. "It's not there. I have to just keep working and get better."

Notes

After the game, the Mets designated LHP Casey Fossum for assignment and purchased the contract of LHP Ken Takahashi from Triple-A Buffalo. ... The large center-field scoreboard froze in the fourth with a Mets logo displayed. ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Flores
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

J. Zimmermann
IP 5.1
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
Washington Nationals
Justin Maxwell, CF5121100 .429
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4021101 .211
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010103 .284
Adam Dunn, 1B4000015 .281
    Nick Johnson, 1B1010000 .373
Josh Willingham, LF3100113 .133
Austin Kearns, RF4321112 .256
Jesus Flores, C4233111 .327
Alberto Gonzalez, SS5121001 .262
Jordan Zimmermann, P3000024 .000
    Michael Hinckley, P1000010 .000
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000010 .000
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
Totals39813768  
a-struck out for Mock in the 9th
Batting
2B - Austin Kearns (3, Perez), Alberto Gonzalez (3, Perez)
HR - Austin Kearns (3, Perez), Jesus Flores (2, Perez)
RBI - Justin Maxwell (1), Ronnie Belliard (1), Austin Kearns (11), Jesus Flores 3 (10), Alberto Gonzalez (4)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Maxwell (1), Ronnie Belliard (1), Jesus Flores (2), Alberto Gonzalez (3)
SB - Justin Maxwell 2 (3, 2nd base off Perez/Santos, 2nd base off Fossum/Santos)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-Belliard-Dunn, Belliard-Gonzalez-N. Johnson
E - Jordan Zimmermann (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann (W,2-0) 5.1611250 2.38
Michael Hinckley 1.2000010 2.08
Garrett Mock 1000110 3.00
Kip Wells 1000010 2.70
HBP - Church (by Jordan Zimmermann)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 102-62, Michael Hinckley 13-8, Garrett Mock 13-6, Kip Wells 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 4-6, Michael Hinckley 2-1, Garrett Mock 1-0, Kip Wells 1-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 24, Michael Hinckley 4, Garrett Mock 3, Kip Wells 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3010102 .316
Daniel Murphy, LF3000103 .302
Carlos Beltran, CF4110013 .406
Carlos Delgado, 1B4011023 .250
David Wright, 3B4000031 .271
Ryan Church, RF3010000 .357
Omir Santos, C4010012 .294
Luis Castillo, 2B2000002 .365
    Casey Fossum, P0000000 .000
   a- Gary Sheffield, PH1000010 .136
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
Oliver Perez, P1010000 .333
    Alex Cora, 2B1000100 .167
Totals3016138  
a-struck out for Fossum in the 7th
Batting
3B - Carlos Delgado (1, Zimmermann)
RBI - Carlos Delgado (16)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado (7)
SB - Jose Reyes (4, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Flores)
CS - Carlos Beltran (1, 2nd base by Zimmermann/Flores)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Wright-Cora-Delgado
E - David Wright (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez (L,1-2) 4.1977332 9.31
Casey Fossum 2.2311320 2.25
Pedro Feliciano 1100020 3.86
Brian Stokes 1000010 0.00
HBP - Willingham (by Oliver Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 92-59, Casey Fossum 46-24, Pedro Feliciano 20-15, Brian Stokes 14-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 3-7, Casey Fossum 3-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Brian Stokes 2-0
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 26, Casey Fossum 13, Pedro Feliciano 4, Brian Stokes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40023
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Gerry Davis