Nats complete four game sweep of Mets

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Updated: September 12, 2013
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The Washington Nationals keeps up their improbable surge attempt at the final National League wild card spot with a 7-2 win over the Mets today. Withe win, the Nats completed a four game sweep of the Mets, won their 8 of their last 10, all on the road, and have now won 23 of their last 32. If the Reds lose tonight, the Nats will move within 5 games of the final wild card slot with 17 games to play.

Rookie Tanner Roark kept his major league record perfect at 6-0, tossing 6 strong innings and allowing 6 hits and 2 runs. Craig Stammen, Xavier Cedeno, and Ryan Mattheus combined for three more shutout innings from the bullpen. It was also the fifth consecutive game the bullpen did not allow a run scored.

Offensively, the Nationals were powered once again by the long ball, smacking four more home runs. The Nats home run total rose to 13 in the series, a record at Citifield.

Ryan Zimmerman start the power display off with a solo shot in the first inning. It was the second consecutive game ZIM homered, his 23rd of the season. After the Mets tied it up in the bottom of the first inning, Adam LaRoche notched his 20th of the season in the second inning to give the Nats a 2-1 lead.

After the Mets tied it up in the fourth, Wilson Ramos homered to,left in the sixth inning to break the 2-2 deadlock. It was Ramos’ 13th on the season. Ramos drove in another run one inning later with a sacrifice fly, good enough to put the Nats up 4-2.

The Nats put up 2 more in the eighth inning with an RBI double by Zimmerman that scored Denard Span, that after a Span double that extended his hitting streak to a major league leading 23 games. For Zimmerman, he had another fine performance, going 2-4 with a double, home run, and 2 RBI. Zimmerman has been red hot, compiling 14 hits in 48 at Nats in September and has consecutive multi-hit and home run games. Anthony Rendon capped off the Nats scoring with his 7th home run.

The Nats have improved their record to 77-69 and currently sit 5.5 games out of the wild card.