Werth, Nationals hand Mets first lossApr 11, 2012 - 5:36 AM Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Jayson Werth went 4-for-5 with two RBI, and the Washington Nationals handed the New York Mets their first loss of the young season, 6-2, in the middle installment of a three-game series.
Ian Desmond started the game with a home run, while Wilson Ramos added two hits, drove in a run and scored another behind Ross Detwiler.
Detwiler (1-0), who beat out John Lannan for the final spot in Washington's starting rotation, earned the win with five innings of two-hit shutout ball.
"That's the way he was in the spring," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of Detwiler. "He was really dominant in the spring. Last time out he went 65 pitches in five innings."
Dillon Gee (0-1), coming off a team-high 13 wins last season, was tagged for four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.
The Mets were without starting third baseman David Wright, who was sidelined because of a fractured finger suffered during Monday's win. Ronny Cedeno got the start in Wright's absence and had three hits, including an RBI double in the eighth.
New York, trying to tie the best start in franchise history after winning its first four games, got off on the wrong foot as Desmond cranked Gee's third pitch into the left-field seats.
"He left the ball inner-half to Desmond, but other than that he threw the ball great," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Gee.
The Mets stranded runners on the corners in their first at-bat, as Detwiler retired Daniel Murphy, Jason Bay and Lucas Duda in succession.
New York did not have another runner reach past first base until the seventh, and by then the Nationals had pushed four more across.
Three came in the sixth, all getting charged to Gee. Ryan Zimmerman reached with a leadoff double and scored on a base hit by Werth, who came around on an error by Murphy. Ramos plated Xavier Nady later in the frame with a line drive double just out of Duda's reach along the warning track in right-center.
Werth, who was 1-for-14 at the plate coming in, singled home Zimmerman again in the seventh for a 5-0 cushion.
Justin Turner put the Mets on the board in the bottom half with an RBI single, but Washington got the run right back on Zimmerman's sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The best start in Mets history occurred in 1985 (5-0)...Wright will not need surgery on his injured finger and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday...Desmond has three career leadoff homers...The Nationals outhit the Mets, 13-7...New York went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position...Wednesday afternoon's rubber match puts Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg against Johan Santana.
- WASHINGTON: 6
NEW YORK: 2
Apr 10 10:34 PM
- Ronny Cedeno doubled to center scoring Ruben Tejada with none out. Runner on second and Daniel Murphy due up.
Nationals 6, Mets 2 Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 10 10:08 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman sacrifice fly out to right scored Wilson Ramos with two out. On the play, Ian Desmond advances to third. Runners on first and third and Adam LaRoche due up.
Nationals 6, Mets 1 Top 8, 2 OutsApr 10 10:00 PM
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis is pinch-hitting for Scott Hairston.
Nationals 5, Mets 1 Bot 7, 1 OutApr 10 9:39 PM
- Jayson Werth singled to center scoring Ryan Zimmerman with one out. On the play, Adam LaRoche advances to third. Runners on first and third and Xavier Nady due up.
Nationals 5, Mets 0 Top 7, 1 OutApr 10 9:24 PM
- Wilson Ramos doubled to center scoring Xavier Nady with one out. On the play, Roger Bernadina advances to third. Runners on second and third and Ross Detwiler due up.
Nationals 4, Mets 0 Top 6, 1 OutApr 10 9:01 PM
- Roger Bernadina reached first on Daniel Murphy's fielding error scoring Jayson Werth with one out. On the play, Xavier Nady advances to second. Runners on first and second and Wilson Ramos due up.
Nationals 3, Mets 0 Top 6, 1 OutApr 10 9:00 PM
- Jayson Werth singled to right scoring Ryan Zimmerman with one out. Runner on first and Xavier Nady due up.
Nationals 2, Mets 0 Top 6, 1 OutApr 10 8:51 PM
- WASHINGTON: 1
NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 10 7:12 PM
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