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27-18, 1st in NL East

Nats hold three of MLB's top prospects

RHP Lucas Giolito now tops Keith Law's list of noteworthy prospects. SS Trea Turner could be an upgrade over Danny Espinosa on both sides of the ball, which might make a difference in the race against the Mets. And once he comes into power, Victor Robles could be a force to be reckoned with. Law: Top 25 MLB prospects (Insider)

Boone, DiPuglia to rep Nationals at draft

Nationals VP and senior advisor to the GM Bob Boone and VP of international operations Johnny DiPuglia will represent the team at this year's MLB draft.

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Olney: Nationals a match for Beltran?

If the Yankees look to trade veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran this summer, several teams could be interested, Buster Olney writes. The Nationals, who might decide to pursue an offensive upgrade in the outfield, are one potential suitor. Olney's blog (Insider)

Lucas Giolito tops Law's list (1:47)
Mets rough up Nationals (0:55)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Five days ago, Gio Gonzalez outpitched Bartolo Colon in the Nationals 7-1 road victory over the Mets. Tonight was a 180, as Colon lifted the Mets to a 7-1 road win over Gonzalez and the Nats. With the loss, Washington's NL East lead over the Mets is trimmed to a half-game.

Wright puts Mets up with three-run shot (0:20)
Cespedes crushes 15th homer of season (0:20)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are averaging an MLB-high 101 pitches per outing. One reason is Gio Gonzalez, who last year worked into the seventh inning just 10 times in 31 starts. This season, he's done it four times in eight outings. "It's like that kid that climbs up in the tree," said skipper Dusty Baker. "If you send the fire department out to take him down from that tree, he'll never learn how to get out of the tree. If you rescue 'em every time that they're in trouble, then they'll never know how to get out of trouble on their own."


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

As a general rule, Bryce Harper doesn't take batting practice on the field. Today was an exception.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mets are rolling out the same lineup against Gio Gonzalez as they did on May 18; Gonzalez threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run, five-hit baseball then. Another good matchup opportunity in daily.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alineación de Mets en Washington; Campbell en la inicial con Lucas Duda en la lista de lesionados por fractura de estrés en la espalda baja

Lineup: Nationals (27-17) vs. Mets (25-18)

  • 1. Ben Revere, CF (L)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 4. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  • 5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 6. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 7. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
  • 8. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 9. Gio Gonzalez, P (R)
  • Daily notes

Nats rebound in rankings

Thanks to its strong starting rotation -- where Max Scherzer has the worst ERA of the five at 3.80 -- Washington has re-entered the top three in our rankings after a drop to No. 4 last week. Week 7 Power Rankings

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Daniel Murphy: Best. Plan B. Ever.

As crucial as Daniel Murphy has been to the Nationals' early success, it's easy to forget that a guy hitting .387 wasn't their first choice at second.

Scherzer shuts down Marlins (0:27)
ESPN Stats & Info

Friday's top home runs

Miguel Cabrera's 440-foot homer to deep center field was the longest home run on Friday. According to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, Manny Machado's solo shot against the Angles traveled 431 feet.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24218th
On Base Percentage.32411th
Slugging Percentage.39717th
Earned Run Average2.882nd
Quality Starts30Tied-3rd

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