August 8, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 156 Review: Nats Top Mets, Inch Closer to Securing NL’s Top Spot

Tanner Roark secured his 15th win of the season as the Washington Nationals edged the New York Mets 4-2 Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

The righthander helped the Nats work towards securing the best record in the National League, a spot which would land the team home-field advantage for every round of the MLB playoffs except the World Series.

Both the Mets’ and Nats’ bats were slow to awaken, as the game went scoreless through four innings.

Denard Span singled in the first and, with two outs, Adam LaRoche drew a walk, but Mets starter Bartolo Colon regained control in time to pitch out of the inning unscathed.

In the fifth inning, the Mets actually struck first.

Wilmer Flores doubled and, with one out, scored on a ground-rule double by Kirk Nieuwenhuis before Roark retired Ruben Tejada and Colon in order.

Perhaps the one-run lead led Colon to relax, or maybe it simply energized the Nats to come back with a vengeance. Either way, the Nats’ offense suddenly sprung to life after Kevin Frandsen led off with a single and took second on Roark’s sacrifice bunt.

From there, Michael Taylor doubled to plate Frandsen before, with two outs, Jayson Werth drew a walk.

Then, on the second pitch of his at-bat, LaRoche sent a shot over the right-field wall to give the Nats a 4-1 lead.

In the seventh, the Mets earned back a run after Roark allowed a single to Flores and double to Curtis Granderson with one out.

The Nats then called upon Ross Detwiler to pitch out of the situation, but he instead walked Eric Campbell and allowed a run to score on Tejada’s sacrifice fly to right.

In that moment, the Nats opted to pitch Aaron Barrett, but Barrett went on to allow just one walk to Bobby Abreau before Washington manager Matt Williams took advantage of the expanded rosters once more, calling for Jerry Blevins to end the inning.

Tyler Clippard and closer Drew Storen each provided an inning of no-run, one-hit baseball to end the night. The save was Storen’s 10th of the season.

With the win, the Nationals are now 92-64.

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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