Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Jayson Werth hit the go-ahead RBI double to cap a three-run eighth as the Washington Nationals kept their wild-card chances alive with a 6-5 win over the New York Mets Sunday at Nationals Park.
The Nationals’ win, coupled with losses by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the day, cut the deficit in the National League Wild Card race to 6 1/ 2 games.
“That’s what good clubs do,” said Werth, who had two hits to help the Nationals (69-67) avoid a three-game sweep. “They come back. And that’s what we’re going to have to do from here on out. We’re going to have to find a way.”
The Nationals won despite a struggling Ross Ohlendorf, who allowed four runs on nine hits with no walk and strikeout in five innings. He allowed six extra-base hits, including an upper-deck home run to rookie Matt den Dekker in the second and a double to pitcher Jon Niese in the fifth.
“That’s the worst my command’s been I think all season,” Ohlendorf said. “I don’t expect that to carry over for the next one. I feel like I’ll make some adjustments. My command just wasn’t good.”
Relievers Craig Stammen, Ryan Mattheus and Erik Davis combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the Nationals in the game. Davis (1-0) got the win with a perfect eighth while Rafael Soriano sealed the win with a scoreless ninth for his 36th save of the season.
Niese allowed two runs on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts before leaving after 5 2/3 innings with a left calf cramp for the Mets (62-73). Gonzalez Germen (1-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up the game-winning run to Werth.
The Mets jumped on Ohlendorf early for a 3-0 second-inning lead, on an RBI double from David Murphy, an RBI single from Lukas Duda and a solo shot from den Dekker.
The Nationals trimmed the gap to 3-2 with RBI singles from Tyler Moore and Scott Hairston in the second and fourth frames, respectively. However, the Mets made it a 5-2 game behind RBI singles by Murphy in the fifth and Duda in the seventh.