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Nats win in 11 thanks to shaky Mets bullpen, defense

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NEW YORK -- Ivan Rodriguez and the Washington Nationals took advantage of the Mets' bullpen for a satisfying Sunday victory.

After being held to one run and one hit in seven innings by Chris Young, the Nationals and their experienced bench broke out against the Mets' shaky relievers for a 7-3 victory in 11 innings.

Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning and Laynce Nix followed with a three-run homer off the Mets' fifth reliever, Blaine Boyer (0-2), who was designated for assignment after the loss.

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"If we can get into the sixth and seventh innings, we really feel good about our ballclub," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said.

The Nationals actually left this one to the eighth, when an outfield gaffe was crucial to the outcome for the second successive game.

Right fielder Lucas Duda misjudged Rodriguez's leadoff fly ball. He sprinted toward center, but the ball sailed over his head. Rodriguez wound up with a leadoff double off D.J. Carrasco, who then walked pinch-hitter Matt Stairs with one out and gave up an RBI single to Ian Desmond before Rick Ankiel's grounder to second tied the game at 3.

"It's horrible, man," Carrasco said. "To just come in there and give the game away like that is very frustrating."

Duda was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo afterward and the Mets tried to bolster a bullpen that issued 11 walks and 10 hits in 11 innings this series by purchasing the contracts of pitchers Ryota Igarashi and Jason Isringhausen.

In the 11th, Rodriguez's hit got past second baseman Daniel Murphy, who pinch hit for Brad Emaus in the ninth after the Mets' bullpen blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth. Duda scooped up the ball, but his throw to the plate was inaccurate and pinch-runner Wilson Ramos scored easily.

"The route that was taken, I thought he was going to get there," Carrasco said. "I wasn't really worried because we had a two-run lead at the time. I twas the fact I couldn't control the cutter later on. That's what got me stuck."

Drew Storen (1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for Washington, which salvaged a 3-3 road trip and took two of three from the Mets thanks to timely hitting from its bench players and five innings of scoreless relief.

The Nationals have won three out of four since dropping four of five to start the season.

"I think it's significant that we're playing good baseball more than anything," Nationals starter Jason Marquis said. "We started things off a bit sluggish. "

He was referring to the Nationals' season, but Young kept the Nats plenty quiet on Sunday, too.

"He got us to where we wanted to get to," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He got us to the eighth inning and we couldn't hold it for him. It's a shame, but he pitched great."

Young looked right at home in Citi Field's wide-open spaces, getting 15 of his 21 outs on flyballs. The only groundout he allowed was Rodriguez's RBI to second base in the second inning.

Against Philadelphia last week, the big righty struck out seven and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings in his Mets debut.

On Sunday, Adam LaRoche began the second inning with a walk and Michael Morse followed with a single to left, but Young retired 18 of the next 19 batters.

Davis got his 10th RBI, and Jose Reyes reached base in the first inning for the ninth consecutive game.

The Mets went up 2-0 in the first on RBI singles by David Wright and Angel Pagan. Davis added a broken-bat single in the fifth.

With the Mets' bullpen, it wasn't enough.

"I guess you've got to convince them that they've got to get beat with somebody swinging the bat," Collins said. "This is the big leagues and they've got to be able to land some pitches. I'm not saying you're never going to walk somebody, but we're walking at too high a rate right now."

Notes:

  • The night before, Jerry Hairston Jr. muffed a fly to left-center in the sixth inning, opening the door to a go-ahead triple by Ike Davis. On Sunday, the Mets repaid the favor.
  • No Nationals pitcher has gone fewer than five innings yet this season, in nine games.
  • Marquis retired nine straight between Reyes' single in the third and Willie Harris' in the fifth.
  • Stairs drew his fourth walk in six ABs with Washington as a pinch-hitter.
  • The Mets struck out 17 times one day after they whiffed 10 times.
  • Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman sat out. He aggravated an abdominal injury in Saturday night's game. Alex Cora played in his place.
  • Carlos Beltran, who homered twice for New York the night before, pinch-hit in the ninth. His groundout to second ended the ninth.
  • LaRoche left hurt in the 11th after reaching second base. Ramos, the backup catcher, ran for him. LaRoche said his left groin was tight.
 
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Laynce Nix watches the flight of his home run in the 11th inning, which secures the victory for Washington.  (Getty Images)
Laynce Nix watches the flight of his home run in the 11th inning, which secures the victory for Washington. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Washington

I. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS6021010 .237
Rick Ankiel, CF6001001 .212
Jayson Werth, RF4000100 .200
Adam LaRoche, 1B3110200 .194
    Wilson Ramos, PR-C0100000 .412
Michael Morse, LF4010023 .148
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   a- Jordan Zimmermann, PH0000000 .200
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
Danny Espinosa, 2B2100222 .280
Ivan Rodriguez, C-1B4222001 .176
Alex Cora, 3B2000002 .125
   b- Laynce Nix, PH-LF3113012 .182
Jason Marquis, P2000011 .250
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH0000100 .000
    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-3B2100001 .000
Totals3877767  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Storen in the 11th
b-flied out for Cora in the 8th
c-walked for Gaudin in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Desmond (3, Boyer), Ivan Rodriguez (1, Carrasco)
HR - Laynce Nix (1, Boyer)
SH - Jordan Zimmermann (1), Ivan Rodriguez (1)
RBI - Ian Desmond (5), Rick Ankiel (4), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (4), Laynce Nix 3 (3)
SB - Ian Desmond (3, 2nd base off Carrasco/Thole), Adam LaRoche (1, 3rd base off C. Young/Thole), Michael Morse (1, 2nd base off C. Young/Thole)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Ivan Rodriguez (2)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis 6733290 3.65
Chad Gaudin 1000020 8.31
Tyler Clippard 2000030 0.00
Drew Storen (W,1-1) 1100110 1.35
Sean Burnett 1000020 0.00
IBB - Davis by Drew Storen
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 109-61, Chad Gaudin 14-9, Tyler Clippard 29-22, Drew Storen 16-8, Sean Burnett 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 5-4, Tyler Clippard 2-1, Drew Storen 2-0, Sean Burnett 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 27, Chad Gaudin 3, Tyler Clippard 6, Drew Storen 5, Sean Burnett 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5130000 .333
Willie Harris, LF5110042 .292
David Wright, 3B4111110 .297
Ike Davis, 1B4021120 .364
Angel Pagan, CF5011014 .171
Lucas Duda, RF3000111 .118
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000010 .071
Brad Emaus, 2B3000022 .174
   b- Daniel Murphy, PH-2B2000000 .231
Josh Thole, C5000021 .280
Chris Young, P3000031 .500
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c- Carlos Beltran, PH1000000 .231
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
Totals41383317  
a-struck out for Duda in the 11th
b-popped out for Emaus in the 9th
c-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
RBI - David Wright (6), Ike Davis (10), Angel Pagan (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ike Davis (2)
SB - Lucas Duda (1, 2nd base off Marquis/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 8
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young 7111250 1.46
D.J. Carrasco (BS,1) 0.2222100 4.76
Taylor Buchholz 0.2000310 1.59
Tim Byrdak 0.1000010 9.82
Francisco Rodriguez 0.1000000 2.45
Blaine Boyer (L,0-2) 2444001 10.80
HBP - Espinosa (by Blaine Boyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 108-72, D.J. Carrasco 19-9, Taylor Buchholz 22-10, Tim Byrdak 5-3, Francisco Rodriguez 2-2, Blaine Boyer 37-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 1-15, D.J. Carrasco 1-1, Taylor Buchholz 1-0, Blaine Boyer 4-2
Batters Faced - Chris Young 24, D.J. Carrasco 5, Taylor Buchholz 5, Tim Byrdak 1, Francisco Rodriguez 1, Blaine Boyer 11
Game Information
Attendance - 35157
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino