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Murphy homers twice as Mets blank Nats to open DH

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WASHINGTON -- Daniel Murphy homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs and Jenrry Mejia pitched seven innings in his season debut as the Mets defeated the Nationals 11-0 Friday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Murphy went 4 for 5, added a pair of RBI singles and tied his career high for RBI. He connected off Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (12-6) for a solo shot in the first and added a two-run homer in the third.

Juan Lagares had three hits and Ike Davis added a three-run homer for New York, which has won five of seven.

Mejia (1-0), who had been on the disabled since March with shoulder inflammation, allowed seven hits. He struck out seven with no walks.

Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Zimmerman had two hits apiece for Washington, which was held scoreless a day after its dramatic 9-7 walk-off win over Pittsburgh.

Zimmermann, who surrendered seven runs in a career-low two innings Sunday in a 9-2 loss to the Dodgers, needed 118 pitches to go 6 2/3 innings. He allowed five earned runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking three in picking up his third straight loss.

With one out in the first, Murphy hit 1-1 slider off the second deck facade in right center to make it 1-0.

In the third, after Lagares doubled with two outs, Murphy put New York up 3-0 when he lined a pitch into the Nationals bullpen for his eighth homer.

New York added two in the seventh. Lagares singled home Anthony Recker, stole second and scored on a single by Murphy.

The Mets made it a rout with a six-run ninth capped by Davis' homer off reliever Drew Storen.

Murphy has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, going 26-71 (.366).

Mejia, 23, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and spent most of 2012 at Triple-A Buffalo. He was 1-2 with a 6.33 ERA in three September starts for the Mets.

Prior to being recalled for Friday's start, the right-hander went 2-0 in a pair of rehab starts at Double-A Binghamton.

The Nationals had base runners in each of the first four innings against Mejia, but went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.

Notes

  • After Washington OF Bryce Harper singled in the eighth, he was removed for pinch runner Scott Hairston.
  • LF Eric Young Jr. was scratched from the Mets lineup after a pregame workout to test his right knee. He injured the knee Wednesday on the play in which Tim Hudson fractured his right ankle and left Thursday's game against Atlanta in the fourth inning.
  • It was Murphy's second career multi-homer game. His first was June 27, 2012 against the Cubs.
  • Zimmermann's eight strikeouts gave him 500 for his career.
  • Washington activated RHP Ryan Mattheus from the disabled list. The reliever missed 58 games with a fractured right hand.
 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Murphy
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 5
New York

J. Mejia
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Lagares, CF4331110 .270
Daniel Murphy, 2B5345001 .284
David Wright, 3B5121010 .306
Marlon Byrd, RF4111122 .282
Ike Davis, 1B3113210 .177
Andrew Brown, LF4000013 .232
   a-Josh Satin, PH1000000 .338
Anthony Recker, C5110011 .170
Omar Quintanilla, SS3110101 .227
Jenrry Mejia, P3000012 .000
   Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF1000011 .189
Totals3811131159  
a-popped out for Rice in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Lagares 2 (15, Zimmermann), Marlon Byrd (16, Storen), Anthony Recker (4, Zimmermann)
HR - Daniel Murphy 2 (8, Zimmermann), Ike Davis (6, Storen)
RBI - Juan Lagares (18), Daniel Murphy 5 (49), David Wright (50), Marlon Byrd (58), Ike Davis 3 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Lagares (10), Daniel Murphy 3 (25)
SB - Juan Lagares 2 (2, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Suzuki), Marlon Byrd (2, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Davis, Murphy-Davis-Quintanilla-Murphy-Davis
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jenrry Mejia (W,1-0) 7700070 0.00
Scott Rice 1100000 4.03
Gonzalez Germen 1000100 1.23
Pitches-Strikes - Jenrry Mejia 97-66, Scott Rice 9-5, Gonzalez Germen 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jenrry Mejia 10-3, Scott Rice 2-0, Gonzalez Germen 2-1
Batters Faced - Jenrry Mejia 27, Scott Rice 3, Gonzalez Germen 4
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bryce Harper, LF4010010 .271
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4020001 .251
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4020011 .276
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000024 .243
Jayson Werth, RF4010014 .292
Ian Desmond, SS3010121 .275
Denard Span, CF4000002 .260
Kurt Suzuki, C3010000 .222
Jordan Zimmermann, P2000001 .143
   a-Roger Bernadina, PH1000000 .186
Totals3308017  
a-grounded out for Abad in the 7th
Batting
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Zimmermann-Desmond-Lombardozzi, Zimmermann-Desmond-Lombardozzi-Zimmerman-Lombardozzi-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (L,12-6) 6.2655382 3.19
Fernando Abad 0.1200000 1.61
Ryan Mattheus 1.1233210 6.11
Drew Storen 0.2333001 5.95
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 118-74, Fernando Abad 12-8, Ryan Mattheus 43-25, Drew Storen 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 5-6, Ryan Mattheus 1-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 28, Fernando Abad 3, Ryan Mattheus 7, Drew Storen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 33858
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Victor Carapazza