Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Steve Lombardozzi hit the game-winning
sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals
rallied to down the New York Mets, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set at
Lombardozzi's fly ball scored Adam LaRoche, who drove in the game-tying run
with a single earlier in the ninth.
"That's the first walk-off for me personally," Lombardozzi said, "those are
the moments you dream about."
Bobby Parnell (4-2) took the hill for the Mets in the final inning holding a
2-1 lead. Ryan Zimmerman, though, opened up the action with a double to right-
center. Zimmerman advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the tying run
on LaRoche's RBI single through the right side.
Parnell remained in the game and served up a double to Ian Desmond, then was
forced to intentionally walk Roger Bernadina to load the bases. That's when
Lombardozzi battled through a lengthy at-bat and drove a slicing fly ball to
left that easily plated the game-winner.
"They're a good-hitting team," Parnell added. "That's a good part of their
lineup. I didn't walk them or anything like that."
Tyler Clippard (4-1) earned the win after relieving Washington starter Jordan
Zimmermann in the top of the ninth.
Zimmermann, who is still searching for his ninth win of the season, lasted
eight solid innings, allowing just four hits and two unearned runs with four
The Mets, who have dropped four straight, saw starter Jeremy Hefner allow one
run on four hits while striking out seven over seven frames.
"It's a little tough, but I'll take Bobby any day," Hefner said.
New York made the most of a Washington miscue in the fifth and took a 2-1 lead
on Omar Quintanilla's two-run triple down the right-field line.
Earlier in the frame, Rick Ankiel grounded into a fielder's choice. LaRoche
tried to get the lead runner out at second, and his throw was off the mark for
Hefner added to the rally with a sacrifice bunt, moving both runners to second
and third, before Quintanilla's triple snuck past LaRoche and went into the
corner in right.
New York, which looked to bounce back after dropping three games in Miami over
the weekend, once again dealt with a shaky bullpen outing, depleting the
team's chances in the late innings.
Desmond's one-out, line-drive homer to left -- his eighth of the year --
opened up the scoring in the second and puts the Nationals on top 1-0.
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who was activated from the 15-day disabled
list on Tuesday after being out since May 2, finished 1-for-4 ... The
Nationals also placed second baseman Danny Espinosa on the 15-day DL, recalled
infielder Anthony Rendon from Triple-A Syracuse, selected the contract of
pitcher Ian Krol from Double-A Harrisburg and designated pitchers Henry
Rodriguez and Zach Duke for assignment, all prior to Tuesday's game ...
Zimmermann has not lost in his last 17 starts at Nationals Park ... The Nats
won for the first time this season when trailing after six innings ... When
scoring three or more runs this season, the Nationals are 25-6.
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