Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nats extend streak

NEW YORK—Despite three untimely errors, the Washington Nationals found a way to win at Citi Field.
They always do.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first home run for Washington and also tumbled over a retaining wall to make a terrific catch—leading the Nationals past the N.Y. Mets 3-2 last night for their 10th-straight victory in Queens.
“We’re going to have games like this every once in a while,” said Nationals’ manager Matt Williams.
“The fact that we were able to overcome it is key,” he stressed.
Rafael Soriano held on in the ninth following Travis d’Arnaud’s lead-off homer, getting the final two outs after the Mets put a pair of runners in scoring position.
Matt den Dekker was thrown out at home on pinch-hitter Eric Campbell’s grounder to shortstop—and the call was upheld after a replay review to determine whether catcher Wilson Ramos blocked the plate illegally.
Curtis Granderson hit a comebacker on the next pitch—giving Soriano his 27th save in 31 tries.
“We’ve got the best bullpen in the game,” said Nationals’ starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Bryce Harper and Kevin Frandsen each hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to make a winner of Zimmermann (8-5), who did not permit an earned run or a walk in 6 1/3 innings.
Drew Storen pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half, and the NL East leaders won for the 24th time in their last 28 road games against the Mets dating back to Sept. 12, 2011.
They haven’t lost in Queens since June 29 last year.
“Come out of here kind of feeling like you stole one,” admitted Adam LaRoche.
“Luckily our pitchers in a few innings made some big pitches when we needed them.
“Kind of bailed our defence out, which has been pretty solid,” he noted.
Washington has outscored the Mets 70-20 during the winning streak at Citi Field, which ties a franchise record for the longest at one venue away from home.
The former Montreal Expos won 10 road games in a row against the Chicago Cubs from 1982-83.
“This is a tough one because they gave us a chance to beat them tonight,” said Mets’ manager Terry Collins.
Elsewhere in the NL, San Diego beat Colorado 5-3, Atlanta edged L.A. 3-2, St. Louis downed Miami 5-2, and Chicago doubled Milwaukee 4-2.
In interleague play, Boston topped Cincinnati 5-4, San Francisco dumped the Chicago White Sox 7-1, Detroit doubled Pittsburgh 8-4, and the L.A. Angels nipped Philadelphia 4-3.
Cleveland split a doubleheader with Arizona, winning 3-2 before losing the nightcap 1-0 (12 innings).

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