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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.
Davis got his 10th RBI, and Jose Reyes reached base in the first inning for the ninth consecutive game.
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."
|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|
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|Ian Desmond, SS||6||0||2||1||0||1||0||.237|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||6||0||0||1||0||0||1||.212|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||1||1||0||2||0||0||.194|
|Wilson Ramos, PR-C||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.412|
|Michael Morse, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.148|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jordan Zimmermann, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||2||1||0||0||2||2||2||.280|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C-1B||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.176|
|Alex Cora, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.125|
|b- Laynce Nix, PH-LF||3||1||1||3||0||1||2||.182|
|Jason Marquis, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Matt Stairs, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-3B||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|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|
|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|
|PB - Ivan Rodriguez (2)|
|Drew Storen (W,1-1)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.35|
|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|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||3||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Willie Harris, LF||5||1||1||0||0||4||2||.292|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.297|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||2||1||1||2||0||.364|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||4||.171|
|Lucas Duda, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.118|
|a- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.071|
|Brad Emaus, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.174|
|b- Daniel Murphy, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Josh Thole, C||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.280|
|Chris Young, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.500|
|D.J. Carrasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Carlos Beltran, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Duda in the 11th|
|b-popped out for Emaus in the 9th|
|c-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 9th|
|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|
|D.J. Carrasco (BS,1)||0.2||2||2||2||1||0||0||4.76|
|Blaine Boyer (L,0-2)||2||4||4||4||0||0||1||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|
|Attendance - 35157|
|Game Time - 3:53|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino|