For the second straight game the New York Mets shutout the Washington Nationals, this time the final score was 1-0 on Thursday afternoon in New York.
The Nationals have not scored a run in their last 19 innings.
Mets starter Dillon Gee had a no-hitter going until it was broken up by Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez with two outs in the sixth. Gee allowed only two hits during his 7 2/3 innings of work, and got the win for New York. Livan Hernandez was the tough luck loser for Washington, pitching seven innings and only allowing one run.
Washington tried to rally in the top of the ninth, but an apparent blown call by the first base umpire took the life out of Washington. The Nationals had a runner on second with one out, when Jayson Werth hit a grounder to third basemen Justin Turner. Television replays showed that Turner’s throw pulled first baseman Daniel Murphy off the bag, but Werth was called out on the play.
Had Werth been ruled safe, Washington would have had runners on the corners with only one out. Adam LaRoche was the next batter for the Nationals and he hit a weak grounder to second for the game’s final out.
The Mets scored in the bottom of the fourth on Justin Turner’s single to center, scoring Josh Thole.
The Nationals road trip continues with a weekend series in Baltimore as Major League Baseball begins interleague play for the first time this season.