Anthony Rendon shines as Nationals down Mets

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Anthony Rendon drove in four runs while Denard Span and Adam LaRoche added two RBIs each as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets, 9-7, in 10 innings Monday at City Field.

Rendon hit a three-run shot while Ian Desmond knocked in the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Nationals made Matt Williams’ managerial debut a successful one.

Right-hander Aaron Barrett got the win in his Major League debut, tossing a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. Starter Stephen Strasburg lasted six frames, giving up four runs on five hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Jeurys Familia was saddled with the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in 2/3 frames. Dillon Gee pitched 6 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

The Mets had runners on first and third in the first when Andrew Brown swung at a 2-2 pitch and hit a three-run homer to give New York a three-run lead.

After Adam LaRoche put Washington on the board with a two-run homer in the top of the second, the Mets added to their lead in the bottom of the inning when Travis d’Arnaud scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric Young Jr.

The Nationals scored two more runs on the board against Gee in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Rendon blooped a double to right field, scoring Desmond to make it a 4-3 game.

Right-hander Carlos Torres entered the game and walked Nate McLouth to load the bases. Then came left-hander Scott Rice, who walked Denard Span, sending LaRoche home to tie the score at 4.

The Mets would take the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Lagares led off the eighth inning with a long ball against Tyler Clippard.

However, the Mets’ bullpen cannot hold on to the lead in the ninth as Bobby Parnell gave up a run-scoring double to Span.

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