Instant Analysis: Nationals 5, Mets 4

Instant Analysis: Nationals 5, Mets 4
July 18, 2012, 2:41 am
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Game in a nutshell: The Nationals won in walk-off style on a wild pitch by Pedro Beato. Harper tripled in the game-tying run in the 10th and Tyler Moore was up with the bases loaded when the winning run came home. Ross Detwiler had perhaps his best outing of the season as he shut out the Mets through seven innings of work, but late mistakes by the Nats' bullpen squandered the win for him. Tyler Clippard was handed a scoreless game and a two-run lead in the ninth, but allowed a three-run homer to a pinch-hitting Jordany Valdespin to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Nats were able to come back to tie it in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single by Danny Espinosa, but gave the lead back in the tenth. Michael Gonzalez allowed a two-out double to Josh Thole for the Mets fourth run. All in a wild game at Nationals Park.

Hitting highlight: Harper's triple off the wall in right field in the 10th was pivotal as the Nats tied the game for the second time when facing the loss.
Pitching lowlight: Detwiler threw an absolute gem with five hits allowed and zero walks, but Clippard spoiled his night with the blown save. Clippard allowed two singles and then the home run on a 83 mph changeup.
Key stat: Ross Detwiler now holds a 3.15 ERA on the season through 84.2 innings pitched. That is about as good as it gets from a number five starter.

Up next: The Nats and Mets series continues on Wednesday at Nats Park. Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 2.48 ERA) will go up against Chris Young (2-3, 4.28 ERA).