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Nats score twice in ninth to rally past Mets

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WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman is used to being a late-inning hero. Tom Milone hopes he gets used to it, too.

Zimmerman's broken-bat fly ball with one out in the ninth dropped into right field for a single, driving in two runs and giving the Washington Nationals a wild 8-7 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

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"That was pretty lucky," Zimmerman admitted. "It's amazing that I always seem to find myself in that position."

With the Nationals trailing 7-6 in the ninth, Jesus Flores sent a leadoff single into left field for his third hit of the game. Brian Bixler then came in to run, and Bobby Parnell (3-5) walked Jonny Gomes to put runners on first and second. Bixler and Gomes advanced on Ian Desmond's sacrifice before Roger Bernadina was walked intentionally.

Mets manager Terry Collins defended the decision to walk Bernadina to get to Zimmerman.

"I didn't want to, but I know that we've got to try to get a double play," Collins said. "We're going to end up facing Zimmerman anyway. So we might as well just put him on -- and he broke his bat in half, so it wasn't that bad a pitch."

Duda's seventh-inning sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 7-6 lead.

Sean Burnett (5-5), Washington's fifth pitcher, got the final three outs.

Washington had lost nine of 10, and New York had won seven of eight.

The Mets were headed for an impressive comeback win before Washington's rally in the ninth.

Milone, who made his major league debut after the left-hander's contract was purchased from Triple-A Syracuse, was the center of attention for much of the night, hitting a three-run home run on the first pitch of his first big-league at-bat.

With runners on second and third and one out in the second inning, Washington third base coach Bo Porter beckoned Milone over for a chat. With the Mets' infield in expecting a bunt, Milone swung away and hit the first pitch from Dillon Gee into the Nationals bullpen.

Excited new teammates in the bullpen jumped up and down as the ball sailed over their heads behind the right-field fence. The stunning shot gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead.

According to STATS LLC and the SABR Home Run Log, Milone became the eighth pitcher to homer on the first pitch he saw in the majors. The last to do it was Adam Wainwright for St. Louis on May 24, 2006.

"When I was going down the first base line, it was like I was dreaming -- almost like it didn't come off the bat. It felt that good," Milone said.

Unfortunately for Milone, he didn't make it out of the fifth inning. Although his home run capped a four-run second, the lead didn't last long.

Ronny Paulino singled with one out in the third for New York's first baserunner, and the Mets scored four times in the fourth. Angel Pagan hit a two-run single and scored on Nick Evans' fourth homer, a drive to left on a 2-2 pitch for his second shot in two nights.

With one out in the fifth, Milone was replaced by Tom Gorzelanny.

"I didn't want to take a chance on him losing," Nationals' manager Davey Johnson said. "He used up a lot of energy."

Bernadina, who was recalled from Syracuse on Friday, hit his sixth home run in the fifth to give Washington a 6-4 lead.

The Mets responded in the sixth, getting a tying two-run shot from Jason Bay. It was Bay's 10th homer of the season. It snapped an 0-for-35 skid on the road -- a team record for a position player.

Desmond led off the first with a drive to left for his sixth homer.

Notes

  • Exactly one year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, RHP Steven Strasburg threw in the bullpen and felt strong. He'll start for the Nationals on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "It seems like it's been a year," Strasburg said. "I didn't know how long it was going to feel like. I thought it was going to take forever the first five months I wasn't throwing. Then when I started to throw off the mound and facing hitters, it started to speed up."
  • RHP Livan Hernandez (8-12) is scheduled to make his final start of the season on Sunday for Washington. Johnson discussed the move with the 36-year-old, who started the first home game for the Nationals. "I said to him: 'If we were fighting for a pennant, we wouldn't have to look at younger guys.' We're way down at the bottom, and we need to see some guys who are knocking at the door," Johnson said. "We don't know what their future is in this organization, and we need to give them some seasoning. We don't need to know what you can do because we know." Hernandez will oppose RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-11). Pelfrey is 0-3 with a 4.74 ERA in four starts at Nationals Park.
  • Mets LHP Johan Santana pitched two innings for Class-A St. Lucie in his first rehab assignment since July 28. He allowed a run and three hits.
  • Nationals C Ivan Rodriguez was activated from the disabled list after missing nearly two months with a strained oblique muscle.
 
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Making his major league debut, Nationals pitcher Tom Milone smacks a three-run homer in his first-ever plate appearance. (AP)
Making his major league debut, Nationals pitcher Tom Milone smacks a three-run homer in his first-ever plate appearance. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4010011 .333
Justin Turner, 2B5120010 .258
Lucas Duda, RF3001002 .287
David Wright, 3B3110100 .275
Angel Pagan, CF4222012 .263
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Jason Bay, LF4112011 .230
Nick Evans, 1B4112020 .275
Ronny Paulino, C4010010 .285
Dillon Gee, P1000000 .122
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   a- Willie Harris, PH0100100 .245
    Jason Pridie, CF1000000 .226
Totals3379727  
a-walked for Herrera in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Wright (21, Milone)
HR - Jason Bay (10, Gorzelanny), Nick Evans (4, Milone)
SF - Lucas Duda (5)
SH - Jose Reyes (2), Dillon Gee (6)
RBI - Lucas Duda (43), Angel Pagan 2 (51), Jason Bay 2 (46), Nick Evans 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Evans 2 (10)
SB - Angel Pagan (29, 2nd base off Milone/Flores)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Turner-Reyes-Evans, Wright-Turner-Evans
E - Ronny Paulino (7, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 5866163 4.48
Pedro Beato 0.1200000 3.90
Danny Herrera 0.2000000 13.50
Manny Acosta (H,6) 2000150 3.34
Bobby Parnell (BS,3; L,3-5) 0.1222200 4.18
IBB - Bernadina by Bobby Parnell
HBP - Espinosa (by Dillon Gee)
WP - Bobby Parnell (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 94-60, Pedro Beato 10-8, Danny Herrera 2-1, Manny Acosta 33-19, Bobby Parnell 21-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 6-1, Pedro Beato 1-0, Danny Herrera 1-0, Bobby Parnell 1-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 23, Pedro Beato 3, Danny Herrera 1, Manny Acosta 7, Bobby Parnell 5
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS4121010 .245
Roger Bernadina, RF4111101 .246
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5022020 .297
Michael Morse, LF4010031 .313
Jayson Werth, CF3000131 .232
Danny Espinosa, 2B2110111 .228
Chris Marrero, 1B4110012 .269
Jesus Flores, C4131001 .239
    Brian Bixler, PR0100000 .224
Tom Milone, P2113001 .500
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .111
   a- Rick Ankiel, PH0000000 .238
   b- Ivan Rodriguez, PH1000001 .212
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P00000001.000
   c- Jonny Gomes, PH0100100 .211
Totals338128411  
a-announced for Gorzelanny in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Ankiel in the 6th
c-walked for Burnett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jesus Flores (5, Gee)
HR - Ian Desmond (6, Gee), Roger Bernadina (6, Gee), Tom Milone (1, Gee)
SH - Ian Desmond (11)
RBI - Ian Desmond (38), Roger Bernadina (21), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (40), Jesus Flores (2), Tom Milone 3 (3)
SB - Jayson Werth (15, 3rd base off Acosta/Paulino)
CS - Ryan Zimmerman (1, 2nd base by Gee/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tom Milone 4.1644021 8.31
Tom Gorzelanny 1.2222011 4.39
Tyler Clippard 1111200 2.08
Henry Rodriguez 1000030 3.74
Sean Burnett (W,5-5) 1000010 4.14
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Milone 74-51, Tom Gorzelanny 28-16, Tyler Clippard 24-10, Henry Rodriguez 15-11, Sean Burnett 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Milone 5-6, Tom Gorzelanny 4-0, Tyler Clippard 1-2, Sean Burnett 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Milone 19, Tom Gorzelanny 7, Tyler Clippard 6, Henry Rodriguez 3, Sean Burnett 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34821
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Mark Wegner