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  • Mets @ Nationals: 05/16 1:05 PM ET; SNY, MASN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK

    GAME 42, ROAD GAME 25

    Thursday, 16th May
    1:05 PM ET
    Nationals Park









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    Nats' Sanchez Tries to Avoid 0-7 Start vs. Mets

    WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez hopes to sidestep negative history when he starts the series finale at home Thursday afternoon against the New York Mets.

    Sanchez, who played last year for the Atlanta Braves, will try to avoid becoming just the second pitcher in Nationals history to start the season 0-7. Jason Marquis began the 2010 season 0-7 for Washington.

    Sanchez is 0-6 with a 5.27 ERA this year for Washington but 5-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 14 career starts against the Mets. Sanchez has not lost to New York since 2011.

    The Mets will start right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-2, 4.35), who is 4-9 with a 5.01 ERA in 15 career starts against the Nationals. He was 0-1, 10.24 in two starts last year against Washington and he once lost four games to them in a season -- in 2014.

    But Wheeler, in his last start, tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts as he went seven innings on May 10 to beat the Miami Marlins at home 11-2.

    "I've just been attacking the zone hard and trying to get strike one," Wheeler told "I try to get a quick out after that, whether it's a strikeout or ground ball or whatever it may be. Tight in the zone, strike one and just go from there."

    Nationals hitters are 52-for-158 (.329) against Wheeler. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is 10-for-30 (.333) against him, and the Houston native was 3-for-4 Wednesday.

    Mets hitters are 23-for-112 (.205) with a homer off Sanchez. The only New York player with a homer off him is Michael Conforto, who is one-for-seven against the veteran.

    The back end of the Nationals rotation has been a problem with Jeremy Hellickson (6.00 ERA) and Sanchez, who has pitched just 41 innings in eight starts this year.

    Former starter Erick Fedde has pitched well out of the bullpen this season and could be an option if the Nationals want a new member of the rotation. He has not allowed a run in eight innings over four relief appearances.

    "He is probably capable right now of going 85 to 90 pitches," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan, the team's flagship radio station. "It would not take long for Fedde to be stretched out."

    In the second game of the series Wednesday, lefty Patrick Corbin of the Nationals fanned 11 and gave up just one run in eight innings as Washington won 5-1 to even the series.

    The Nationals have not won a series since April 16-18 against the Giants.

    "It is a big series for us," outfielder Adam Eaton said after the win. "Hopefully it is contagious."

    "It was great for tonight (but) we have to do it consistently,"
    first baseman Howie Kendrick said.

    Washington shortstop Trea Turner (0-for-4, two strikeouts) continued a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Class-A Potomac of the Carolina League. General manager Mike Rizzo said he will be evaluated after playing there Thursday.

    Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, on the IL since April 28 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, took ground balls during batting practice Wednesday.

    Lefty pitcher Steven Matz of the Mets threw on the side Wednesday, the day he was eligible to come off the injured list. He is 3-2, 3.86 in seven starts this year.

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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil fouled out to third baseman Rendon. Smith struck out. Canó grounded out, second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Parra.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Nationals first. Eaton hit an infield single to shortstop. Robles singled to left, Eaton to second. Rendon singled to left, Eaton scored, Robles to third. Soto walked, Rendon to second. Kendrick grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Smith, Robles scored, Rendon to third, Soto out. Parra doubled to center, Rendon scored. Suzuki doubled to left, Parra scored. Difo was intentionally walked. Sánchez grounded out, pitcher Wheeler to first baseman Smith.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 5

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Conforto struck out. Davis singled to right. Nimmo walked on a full count, Davis to second. Fedde pitching. Rosario grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Difo unassisted, Davis to third, Nimmo out. Nido struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Nationals second. Eaton grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Smith. Robles flied out to right fielder Conforto. Rendon flied out to center fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Wheeler singled to left. McNeil singled to center, Wheeler to second. Smith grounded into fielder's choice, first baseman Parra to shortstop Difo, Wheeler to third, McNeil out. Canó hit a ground-rule double to left, Wheeler scored, Smith to third. Conforto homered to center on the first pitch, Smith scored, Canó scored. Davis lined out to right fielder Eaton. Nimmo popped out to pitcher Fedde.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 4

        Bottom of 3:
        Nationals third. Lagares in as center fielder. Nimmo in as left fielder. Soto flied out to left fielder Nimmo. Kendrick struck out. Parra singled to left. Suzuki singled to center, Parra to third. Difo struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Rosario grounded out, second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Parra. Nido flied out to center fielder Robles. Wheeler struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Ad.Sanchez pinch-hitting for Fedde. Ad.Sanchez singled to center. Eaton struck out. Robles grounded out, pitcher Wheeler to first baseman Smith, Ad.Sanchez to second. Rendon grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Smith.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Jennings pitching. Lagares struck out. Smith struck out. Canó grounded out, pitcher Jennings to first baseman Parra.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Soto struck out. Kendrick doubled to right. Broxton in as right fielder. Parra homered to right on a 2-2 count, Kendrick scored. Suzuki struck out. Difo grounded out, first baseman Smith unassisted.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. J.Miller pitching. Broxton flied out to left fielder Soto. Davis struck out. Nimmo flied out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Taylor pinch-hitting for J.Miller. Taylor singled to left. Eaton flied out to center fielder Lagares. Robles struck out. Rendon lined out to left fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Barraclough pitching. Rosario singled to right. Nido grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman Parra, Rosario to second. Alonso pinch-hitting for Wheeler. Alonso flied out to center fielder Robles, Rosario to third. Lagares struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Zamora pitching. Soto was out bunting, first baseman Smith unassisted. Kendrick struck out. Parra walked on four pitches. Gsellman pitching. Parra stole second. Suzuki singled to center, Parra scored. Difo walked on a full count, Suzuki to second. Dozier pinch-hitting for Barraclough. Dozier walked on a full count, Suzuki to third, Difo to second. Eaton fouled out to left fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Suero pitching. Kendrick in as first baseman. Parra in as right fielder. Dozier in as second baseman. Smith popped out to third baseman Rendon. Canó singled to left. Broxton lined out to center fielder Robles. Davis grounded out, second baseman Dozier to first baseman Kendrick.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 8:
        Nationals eighth. Bashlor pitching. Robles grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Smith. Rendon flied out to left fielder Nimmo. Soto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Doolittle pitching. Nimmo walked on a full count. Rosario struck out. Frazier pinch-hitting for Nido. Frazier doubled to left, Nimmo to third. Ramos pinch-hitting for Bashlor. Ramos singled to center, Nimmo scored, Frazier to third. Lagares singled to right, Frazier scored, Ramos to second. Smith popped out to third baseman Rendon. Canó hit an infield single to shortstop, Ramos to third, Lagares to second. Broxton struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 4

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          Parra Lifts Nats to 7-6 Win Over Mets; Conforto, McNeil Hurt


          WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals survived a dramatic ninth inning to secure their first series win in a month.

          Gerardo Parra hit a tie breaking, two-run homer in the fifth and Sean Doolittle stopped the New York Mets' late rally by striking out Keon Broxton with the bases loaded for the final out of the Nationals' 7-6 win Thursday.

          "You want the ball in his hand," Washington manager Dave Martinez said of Doolittle. "He goes out there, it's his to win or lose. He knows that. He battled through it and got a big out for us."

          Brandon Nimmo walked leading off, pinch-hitter Todd Frazier doubled, and pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos and Juan Lagares hit run-scoring singles with one out. Dominic Smith hit an infield popup and Robinson Cano reached on an infield hit that loaded the bases.

          Broxton swung through a 2-2 fastball, dropping his average to .143.

          "It worked out as well as it could for those guys to come off the bench and get hits and keep us going like that and give us a chance with two outs bases loaded down one," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

          Doolittle got his seventh save in eight chances.

          "They weren't really hitting balls hard, just kind of finding some holes," catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "He's going to come right at you, guys know it. One of those days where he gave up some runs, which is unusual, but we found a way to win."

          Michael Conforto hit a tying, three-run homer off Erick Fedde in the third inning but left with a concussion in the fifth after colliding with second baseman Cano's shoulder while chasing Howie Kendrick's popup down the right-field line. Rather than fly with the Mets to Miami, Conforto planned to take a train back to New York.

          "I called it right away. He called it really late," Cano said. "It could have been something worse. Hopefully, he's good tomorrow."

          Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil left in the third because of abdominal tightness.

          Washington won two of three against the Mets for its first series win since April 16-18 against San Francisco. The Nationals, just 18-25, lost six straight series before splitting four games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last weekend.

          New York dropped to 20-22 and is 0-5 in the finales of three-game series after splitting the first two games.

          Mets starter Zack Wheeler (3-3) allowed six runs and a career-high 11 hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 4.85. Washington had five hits and two walks - one intentional - in a four-run first that included RBI doubles by Parra and Suzuki.

          Parra was a triple short of the cycle and his home run put Washington ahead 6-4. Suzuki added an RBI single in the seventh off Robert Gsellman that drove in Parra, who had walked against Daniel Zamora and stolen second.

          Dan Jennings (1-2) struck out two in a perfect fifth to win in relief of Anibal Sanchez, who left after 1 1/3 innings because of a strained left hamstring and will be placed on the injured list.

          Conforto homered off Erick Fedde. Wheeler had not allowed a home run in his previous 32 1/3 innings.

          PARRA POWER

          In five games since joining the Nationals on May 9, Parra is batting .294 (5 for 17) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs and four runs.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (left hamstring tightness) is to make an injury rehabilitation start on Sunday for Double-A Binghamton. ... LHP Steven Matz (forearm irritation) said he felt good after a 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and is ready to return.

          Nationals: SS Trea Turner, out since April 3 with a broken right index finger, worked out at Nationals Park after playing all nine innings of rehab games Tuesday and Wednesday at Class A Potomac. He could be activated as early as Friday

          UP NEXT

          Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-4, 3.26) starts the opener of a three-game series at Miami. He is 6-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 18 starts versus the Marlins.

          Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (2-4, 3.64) opens a three-game series against the visiting Chicago Cubs. He has struck out 11 in three of his last four starts against the Cubs.

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