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Nationals rally after Harvey departs to top Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Once a dominant Matt Harvey departed, the Washington Nationals took turns teeing off.

Ryan Zimmerman lined a tying, three-run double in the eighth inning and Ian Desmond sliced a go-ahead double in the ninth, rallying the Nationals over the New York Mets 6-4 Friday night.

"That might've been our biggest win of the year," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Harvey struck out 11 and left with a 4-1 lead after seven innings. It was the latest gem for a pitcher who could start the All-Star game on the same Citi Field mound next month.

But he was pulled after 109 pitches, and then Washington broke loose. A bunch of hitters contributed to the comeback, which pushed the Nationals back over .500.

"Everybody's been down on what they're capable of doing," Johnson said. "This is a good jump-start."

Zimmerman's bases-loaded double came with two outs against Brandon Lyon, the third of four Mets relievers in the inning. Naturally, Zimmerman was glad to see Harvey out of the game.

"I think you'd rather face anyone now except him," he said. "Just because he leaves, it doesn't make the other guy easier to hit."

Sure looked that way, though.

"It's easy to sit here right now when we've lost the game to look back at the seventh or eighth inning and say you should've left him in or should've made this move or that move. It's a very easy thing to say," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Collins put down any suggestion that Harvey should've kept pitching.

"Yeah, I could've left him in. No doubt about it. I could've let him throw 150. Decided to take him out. I thought he had enough," he said.

Roger Bernadina got things going in the eighth with a leadoff single against David Aardsma. Josh Edgin, Lyon and Scott Rice later pitched in the inning, which included a key two-out double by Denard Span and a walk to Anthony Rendon.

"It's a nine-inning game. We started feeling it," Bernadina said.

Jayson Werth, who had struck out in all three at-bats against Harvey, hustled for a leadoff double in the ninth against closer Bobby Parnell (5-4). Desmond doubled down the right-field line and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kurt Suzuki.

Tyler Clippard (6-1) won in the relief and Drew Storen got his second save.

The Mets lost after arriving back in New York at 4:30 a.m. after a one-day trip to Denver for a makeup game caused by an April snowout. Harvey, however, had flown back home from Chicago on Wednesday night to rest up, and he was plenty ready.

The bullpen, meanwhile, was ragged after a 7-4 road trip to four cities.

"It's baseball. Those guys go out and pitch every single day and pitch their butt off," Harvey said. "Today just happened to be one of those days."

Harvey retired the first 14 batters before Desmond homered with two outs in the fifth. The right-hander permitted just three hits, raised his NL-leading strikeout total to 132, dropped his league-best ERA to 2.00 and didn't issue a walk.

Josh Satin doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs for the Mets.

A crowd of 28,363 turned out to see the team with worst home record in the majors. But there's a different buzz when Harvey pitches, and fans quickly began clapping in hopes of a strikeout when leadoff man Span fell into an 0-2 hole. Harvey fanned him, too.

Harvey's fastball hit 99 mph on a wet evening.

Desmond's 14th homer came an inning after his error gave the Mets a lead.

David Wright lined a double off Zimmerman's glove at third base to open the fourth and Marlon Byrd followed with a grounder that Desmond bobbled and threw away, ending the shortstop's 59-game errorless streak and allowing Wright to score.

Desmond lofted a long fly over the left-field wall with two outs in the fifth, tying it at 1.

The Mets scored twice in the fifth when Byrd hit an RBI double and Satin singled home a run off Ross Detwiler. Satin's RBI double in the seventh made it 4-1.

Notes

  • Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will make his home debut Sunday, with lots of family in attendance. Collins said the rookie and pitching coach Dan Warthen had worked on a few things to make Wheeler more comfortable on the mound. Wheeler certainly sounded unfazed as he settled in at Citi Field. "Big league clubhouse, big league field," he said.
  • The Nationals will promote RHP Taylor Jordan from Double-A Harrisburg to make his big league debut Saturday. He is 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA in Double-A and Class-A this season, and has been picked for the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field next month. Johnson said he thought Jordan would get at least two-three starts in the majors. INF Chris Marrero will be sent down.
  • OF Bryce Harper (left knee bursitis) is on track to rejoin the Nationals when they host Milwaukee on Monday.
  • Detwiler is winless in four starts since going on the disabled list because of a back strain.
  • Harvey has five games this year with double-digit strikeouts.
  • Zimmerman is 3 for 3 with two doubles, two walks and a hit by pitch in his career against Lyon.
 
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The Nationals rally from a late three-run deficit for what Davey Johnson calls the biggest win of the year.  (USATSI)
The Nationals rally from a late three-run deficit for what Davey Johnson calls the biggest win of the year. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Washington

I. Desmond
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Satin
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4120010 .259
Anthony Rendon, 2B3100121 .327
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4023010 .275
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000032 .257
Jayson Werth, RF4110031 .266
Ian Desmond, SS4222001 .276
Roger Bernadina, LF4110001 .184
Kurt Suzuki, C3001011 .211
Ross Detwiler, P1000010 .050
    Stephen Lombardozzi, PH1000010 .236
    Chad Tracy, PH1000001 .135
    Tyler Moore, PH1000000 .157
Totals34686113  
a-struck out for Detwiler in the 6th
b-fouled out for Ohlendorf in the 8th
c-flied out for Clippard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Denard Span (14, Edgin), Ryan Zimmerman (16, Lyon), Jayson Werth (6, Parnell), Ian Desmond (20, Parnell)
3B - Denard Span (7, Harvey)
HR - Ian Desmond (14, Harvey)
SF - Kurt Suzuki (3)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 3 (40), Ian Desmond 2 (45), Kurt Suzuki (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 3 (19), Ian Desmond (17)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Ian Desmond (8, Throwing), Ross Ohlendorf (2, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Detwiler 5632240 4.13
Ross Ohlendorf 2311010 2.13
Tyler Clippard (W,6-1) 1000100 2.41
Drew Storen (S,2) 1000000 3.86
IBB - Lagares by Ross Detwiler
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 98-56, Ross Ohlendorf 32-22, Tyler Clippard 19-10, Drew Storen 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 6-6, Tyler Clippard 1-2, Drew Storen 2-1
Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 24, Ross Ohlendorf 9, Tyler Clippard 4, Drew Storen 3
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF5110012 .265
Daniel Murphy, 2B5110011 .272
David Wright, 3B5120002 .306
Marlon Byrd, RF5111012 .258
Josh Satin, 1B3032100 .360
John Buck, C4000015 .207
Juan Lagares, CF3010101 .232
Omar Quintanilla, SS3000115 .234
Matt Harvey, P3000004 .128
    Jordany Valdespin, PH1000001 .200
Totals3749335  
a-popped out for Rice in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (16, Detwiler), Marlon Byrd (12, Detwiler), Josh Satin 2 (3, Detwiler), Juan Lagares (8, Ohlendorf)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (39), Josh Satin 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (11), Josh Satin 2 (3)
Team LOB - 9
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harvey 73110111 2.00
David Aardsma (H,1) 0.2111010 2.08
Josh Edgin 0111000 6.46
Brandon Lyon (BS,3) 0111100 3.45
Scott Rice 0.1000010 4.50
Bobby Parnell (L,5-4) 1222000 2.83
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harvey 109-70, David Aardsma 12-7, Josh Edgin 3-2, Brandon Lyon 8-3, Scott Rice 3-3, Bobby Parnell 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harvey 2-8
Batters Faced - Matt Harvey 24, David Aardsma 3, Josh Edgin 1, Brandon Lyon 2, Scott Rice 1, Bobby Parnell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28363
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Paul Nauert