Thursday, August 14, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nats 4, Mets 1
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- The Mets made history Thursday, and not good history.
With a 4-1 victory in the series finale, the division-leading Washington Nationals won their 11th straight game in Queens. That's the longest-ever winning streak by a visiting team against the Mets. The Atlanta Braves won 10 straight games at Shea Stadium in 1991 and '92.
The Nats are 25-4 at Citi Field since September 2011. They now lead the Mets (57-65) by 10½ games in the NL East.
Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper produced two-run homers against Dillon Gee as Washington grabbed a 4-0 lead.
LaRoche, who went deep on an 0-2 offering, now has 27 career homers against the Mets. Among active players, that trails only a trio of Phillies -- Ryan Howard (40), Chase Utley (33) and Jimmy Rollins (30).
Three of Harper's six homers this season have come against the Mets.
The Nats have 29 homers during their 11-game Citi Field winning streak.
Gee’s line: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's, 2 HR. He is 0-4 with a 5.60 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break.
The Mets' lone run against Stephen Strasburg, which was unearned, came in the fourth when Daniel Murphy reached on an infield single, advanced to second on an error, ill-advisedly stole third and scored on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly.
The Amazin's went 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position in the series. After placing runners at first and second base with none out in the sixth, Murphy grounded into a double play and David Wright struck out.
Streaking: Wright produced a hit for the 13th straight game with a first-inning single against Strasburg. It matches the longest hitting streak by a Met this season. Juan Lagares had an identical streak April 5 through May 4.
However, during Wright's 13-game hitting streak, he has only one extra-base hit: a double last Thursday against Washington’s Craig Stammen in D.C.
Back to work: In his first action since suffering the loss Sunday and revealing he had a hernia, Jenrry Mejia tossed a perfect ninth.
Carlos Torres, who surrendered a homer in each of his past four appearances, recorded four outs without issue. Torres inherited the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh from Josh Edgin and struck out Ian Desmond.
What’s next: The Chicago Cubs make their lone 2014 visit to Citi Field for a four-game wraparound series. Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53 ERA) opposes left-hander Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86) in Friday's 7:10 p.m. opener. Wheeler is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his past eight starts.