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Nats overcome Mets on wild pitch in 10th

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WASHINGTON -- After eight innings, it looked as if the Washington Nationals had another methodical victory. Two innings later, they were just happy to come away with a win at all.

In those two wild innings there were seven runs, three blown save opportunities, a disputed home run, a game-changing triple by a teenager and a game-winning wild pitch.

In the end: A 5-4 victory in 10 innings against the New York Mets.

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"That's my kind of ballgame," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Ross Detwiler and Sean Burnett had shut out the Mets over eight innings, but Tyler Clippard, who has been nearly perfect in the two months he has been Washington's closer, gave up the lead.

He allowed a three-run home run to pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin in the ninth, a drive that barely cleared the right-center field railing and moved Johnson to request a review.

The Nationals tied it at 3 in the ninth, the Mets went ahead in the top of the 10th, and then a madcap 10th inning ensued.

"That's why you come to the ballpark. The first eight innings were kind of boring and the last [two] were unbelievable," Tyler Moore said.

Moore was standing at the plate when Pedro Beato threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning that allowed Ryan Zimmerman to score with the winning run.

Bryce Harper tied it in the 10th with a run-scoring triple off Tim Byrdak (2-1) before Beato entered with the bases loaded.

Jhonatan Solano led off the 10th with a single. Steve Lombardozzi bunted him to second. Harper tripled to right off Tim Byrdak (2-1) to tie it. Zimmerman and Ian Desmond were walked intentionally to load the bases. Adam LaRoche grounded to first baseman Ike Davis, who threw home to force Harper for the second out.

Beato came on to face Moore, and bounced a 1-2 pitch in the dirt. Catcher Josh Thole wasn't able to reach the ball in time, and Zimmerman scored standing up.

"I didn't know it got away at first. It hit the dirt pretty hard," Moore said.

Thole entered the game in the eighth inning after Collins hit for starter Mike Nickeas.

"I've got to block it. That's the bottom line," Thole said. "I was ready to block it. I just didn't get it done."

The loss was the fifth in a row for New York, a season high.

The Mets lost their last game before the All-Star break, were swept in three games at Atlanta and have two more with the Nationals before heading home.

"There's some guys that are really upset in the other room, and they should be," New York manager Terry Collins said. "It's time to reach down inside and pull out whatever you've got left and make something out of the remainder of this trip."

Ryan Mattheus (3-1), Washington's fifth pitcher, retired the only batter he faced in the 10th for the victory.

Harper had his fifth triple, and it was the game's key hit.

"I got a pitch I could handle, and I was thinking three out of the box," Harper said. "You live for these kind of games."

The Nationals increased their lead in the NL East to 3½ games after Atlanta lost 9-0 to San Francisco.

"We've got a long second half to go, and hopefully we'll have some more of those," Harper said.

Moore hit a fifth-inning home run and Lombardozzi had an eighth-inning RBI double for Washington to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Michael Morse and LaRoche singled off Bobby Parnell. Desmond pinch-ran for Morse, and with two outs, scored on Espinosa's RBI single.

Starter Ross Detwiler gave up five hits, struck out four and walked none in seven innings.

The Nationals had only three hits off New York starter Jonathon Niese, but one of them was Moore's fifth home run of the year, a one-out shot to right field.

Niese struck out eight and walked none.

In the eighth, pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa walked with two outs off Ramon Ramirez and Lombardozzi doubled to left off Josh Edgin to make it 2-0.

Notes

  • Desmond didn't start for the third consecutive game with a strained oblique muscle. Johnson made light of the injury's popularity. "The oblique is in in 2012, I guess. Everyone seems to have one. I didn't know they were contagious," Johnson said.
  • Nationals OF Jayson Werth will probably be cleared for baseball activities on Wednesday, Johnson said. Werth, who broke his left wrist in early May, is about two or three weeks away from returning to the majors.
  • The Mets activated OF Jason Bay from the 15-day disabled list. He had a concussion on June 15. They designated INF Omar Quintanilla for assignment.
  • New York OF Lucas Duda missed his third consecutive game with a strained left hamstring.
 
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Ryan Zimmerman scores the winning run, putting a cap on a wild final two innings, during which Washington falls behind twice. (US Presswire)
Ryan Zimmerman scores the winning run, putting a cap on a wild final two innings, during which Washington falls behind twice. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Washington

T. Moore
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

J. Valdespin
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5010002 .324
Ronny Cedeno, 2B3000001 .258
    Josh Thole, C2121000 .276
David Wright, 3B5120001 .346
Scott Hairston, RF4010033 .251
Jason Bay, LF3000002 .179
   a- Jordany Valdespin, PH-LF1113000 .269
Ike Davis, 1B4010011 .205
Andres Torres, CF4010000 .224
Mike Nickeas, C2000002 .168
   b- Daniel Murphy, PH-2B2120000 .293
Jonathon Niese, P2000020 .222
   c- Justin Turner, PH1000011 .286
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   d- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH0000000 .262
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
Totals38411407  
a-homered for Bay in the 9th
b-doubled for Nickeas in the 8th
c-struck out for Niese in the 8th
d-hit a sacrifice bunt for Parnell in the 10th
Batting
2B - Josh Thole (8, Gonzalez), David Wright (29, Detwiler), Daniel Murphy (25, Burnett)
HR - Jordany Valdespin (5, Clippard)
SH - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (3)
RBI - Josh Thole (12), Jordany Valdespin 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Thole (9)
Team LOB - 5
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese 7311081 3.58
Ramon Ramirez 0.2000000 3.53
Josh Edgin 0.1111100 10.13
Bobby Parnell (BS,5) 1311020 3.19
Tim Byrdak (BS,2; L,2-1) 0.2222200 4.44
Pedro Beato0000000 4.50
IBB - Zimmerman by Tim Byrdak, by Desmond
WP - Pedro Beato (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 89-69, Ramon Ramirez 9-7, Josh Edgin 14-8, Bobby Parnell 22-16, Tim Byrdak 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 11-2, Ramon Ramirez 1-1, Tim Byrdak 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 24, Ramon Ramirez 2, Josh Edgin 3, Bobby Parnell 6, Tim Byrdak 6
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B-LF4011010 .267
Bryce Harper, CF5021001 .275
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4100121 .254
Michael Morse, RF4010011 .290
    Ian Desmond, PR-SS0100100 .287
Adam LaRoche, 1B5010013 .257
Tyler Moore, LF-RF4111012 .308
Danny Espinosa, SS-2B4021010 .240
Jesus Flores, C4000023 .229
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
Ross Detwiler, P2000011 .050
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   a- Roger Bernadina, PH0000000 .246
   b- Mark DeRosa, PH0100100 .122
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Jhonatan Solano, C1110000 .314
Totals37594310  
a-announced for Burnett in the 8th
b-walked for Bernadina in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Lombardozzi (12, Edgin)
3B - Bryce Harper (5, Byrdak)
HR - Tyler Moore (5, Niese)
SH - Stephen Lombardozzi (6)
RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi (11), Bryce Harper (26), Tyler Moore (13), Danny Espinosa (26)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi (8), Danny Espinosa (13)
SB - Mark DeRosa (1, 2nd base off Edgin/Thole)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Espinosa-Lombardozzi-LaRoche, Lombardozzi-Espinosa-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Detwiler 7500040 3.15
Sean Burnett (H,18) 1100010 1.87
Tyler Clippard (BS,2) 1333021 2.45
Mike Gonzalez 0.2211000 2.51
Ryan Mattheus (W,3-1) 0.1000000 1.69
WP - Ross Detwiler (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 86-62, Sean Burnett 12-10, Tyler Clippard 27-19, Mike Gonzalez 12-9, Ryan Mattheus 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 8-7, Sean Burnett 2-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Ryan Mattheus 1-0
Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 24, Sean Burnett 4, Tyler Clippard 6, Mike Gonzalez 4, Ryan Mattheus 1
Game Information
Attendance - 26342
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 99
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Tim Timmons