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Harper hits hard home run, propels Nationals over Mets 8-3

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Spencer Simpson | 19 June, 2017, 01:31

He is 2.16 ERA since he came back on the rotation (four starts).

NY scored twice in the eighth via a leadoff homer by Yoenis Cespedes and a two-out RBI single by Jose Reyes, but Enny Romero struck out Rene Rivera with two on to escape the jam. "Sometimes they would show up, sometimes they wouldn't", Strasburg said. "You make a mistake, he's going to put it in the seats". "The one thing I try to tell these guys every day - I had a talk with two of the veteran guys yesterday - is they can't get down about the situation".

Four relievers pitched one inning apiece to complete the five-hitter.

Rivera had four hits for the Mets. "Enny, he threw lights out".

Daniel Murphy picked up a hit in the ninth inning, continuing his streak of reaching in all 29 games he's played against the Mets.

The Washington Nationals ride the right arm of Max Scherzer to a 7-2 victory to take game two of the four game series against the New York Mets.

Steven Matz had a decent outing, pitching seven innings but allowed four runs to the Nationals.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom holds his batting helmet as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in New York. "We're having trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark", Collins said. He scored a run in the fourth on the first of Michael Conforto's two RBI singles.

Aroldis Chapman rejoined his NY teammates for the series finale in Oakland ready to pitch again after more than a month on the disabled list, and the struggling Yankees couldn't wait to have their.

In Philadelphia, Gregor Blanco hit a tying two-run homer and Jake Lamb drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh to rally Arizona over Philadelphia.

Strasburg couldn't figure out how to get Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce out as they went a combined 6 for 6 against him. The gem snapped a two-start slump in which deGrom allowed 15 runs over just eight innings. He was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament late in spring training.

In Arlington, Texas, Tyson Ross allowed just a pair of runs in his first start in 14 months and Carlos Gomez homered for the Rangers.

"He threw the ball great tonight", Baker said.

NOTES: The Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley (right trapezius strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

The Mets begin a 10-game road trip Monday night in Los Angeles against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. The slugger has also dealt with quadriceps and heel issues recently, and his legs were tested several times Saturday following hours of heavy rain in the early afternoon before the game. Cespedes singled in his first three at-bats and scored following singles in the fourth and sixth before he homered to left in the eighth. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman RBI singles, along with a Rendon walk closed out the Nationals scoring. In his opening start of the season, he won at Atlanta last weekend.

Can Jacob deGrom save the Mets from being swept at home by the Nationals today at 1:10PM ET?

Scherzer, the reigning NL Cy Young Award victor, reached double digits in strikeouts for the eighth time this season and the 57th time in his big league career, and he allowed four hits or fewer for the 10th time in 14 starts.

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