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2016 Schedule
28-18, 1st in NL East

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats skipper Dusty Baker on Daniel Murphy: "Murph's been the acquisition of the year in baseball."

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Harvey gives up five runs over five innings in loss (1:31)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Apparently, the ball really does carry further in warm weather. On the balmiest day of the year at Nats Park by far (83 at game time), Washington tied a season-high with five bombs - including one by Ben Revere, just the fifth of his career - en route to a 7-4 win over the Mets.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Stephen Strasburg has 10 K's through six innings against the Mets. It's his fifth double-digit whiff game this season, and the 26th of his career.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Hard to say whether it's the warm weather or Matt Harvey that's making the ball travel further, but the Nats have three bombs in five innings, including a Daniel Murphy three-run shot that landed well into the second deck. Washington leads 5-1 after five.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats Park crowd chanting "Har-vey, Har-vey" following back-to-back solo shots by Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon off Matt Harvey. It's the fourth time Washington has gone back-to-back this season.

Lineup: Nationals (27-18) vs. Mets (26-18)

  • 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. Stephen Strasburg, P (R)
  • Daily notes

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)

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Lucas Giolito tops Law's list (1:47)
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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.

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Wright puts Mets up with three-run shot (0:20)
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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."

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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

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.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs19913th
Batting Average.24417th
On Base Percentage.3259th
Slugging Percentage.40614th
Earned Run Average2.902nd
Quality Starts31Tied-2nd
WHIP1.133rd
BAA.2263rd

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