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Nationals lose to Mets 3-1

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Nationals lose to Mets 3-1

By Rich Dubroff
CSNwashington.comBryce Harper turned and ran back until he was almost touching the scoreboard. Lucas Dudas fly ball was beautiful to watch as it stayed in the air for several seconds.When it finally landed, it wasnt in Harpers glove nor was it against the scoreboard, but in the first row of the outfield seats, and Duda had a two-run home run.Almost miraculously, those were the first two runs Chien-Ming Wang allowed in the Nationals 3-1 loss to the New York Mets before 32,096 at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon. By the fifth inning, Wang, in his second rough start since returning from a left hamstring injury that delayed his season, had given the Mets countless scoring opportunities.

After 5 23 innings, two runs, eight hits, three walks a hit batsman and a collision with first baseman Adam LaRoche, Davey Johnson had seen enough of Wang.Somehow, some way, it was only 2-0 when he left. The Mets loaded the bases in the second and third, but Wang (1-2)ended both innings on grounders hit back to him. In the third, Daniel Murphy hit the ball crisply to him, and Wang started a neat 1-2-3 double play.When Wang returned, Johnson put Ross Detwiler in the bullpen. He may rethink the decision.The Nationals (32-23) did nothing against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The 37-year-old, who hadnt lasted in the majors for a full season untll last year, recorded his first career shutout in his last start on Saturday, and he simply toyed with Washington.Dickey (9-1) faced just two over the minimum for the first six innings, and allowed just one fly ball, a sinking liner by Steve Lombardozzi that center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis caught only by diving to end the third. Everything else was easy.In the seventh, Ryan Zimmerman led off with a single, just the third Nationals hit. LaRoche, who survived the collision near first base with Wang, in the fourth, walked, but Michael Morse hit into a fielders choice and Ian Desmond hit into a double play.Dickey was pulled after Jhonathan Solano singled with one out in the eighth. He allowed four hits in 7 13 innings, walking two and striking out eight. Bobby Parnell walked Rick Ankiel and ended the inning by retiring Lombardozzi and Harper on groundouts. Zimmerman hit a home run to left-center field, leading off the ninth, breaking the shutout against Frank Francisco. LaRoche, Morse and Desmond were retired, and Francisco had his 15th save.Against Tom Gorzelanny in the seventh, New York (32-26) scored on an RBI single by Daniel Murphy to make it 3-0.
NOTES:-The Mets stole three bases off Solano.-The Nationals play three games at Fenway Park beginning Friday. Stephen Strasburg (6-1, 2.35) is scheduled to face Felix Doubront (6-2, 3.75). Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann pitch on Saturday and Sunday against Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jon Lester. Saturdays game will begin at 4:05 p.m.After three games in Toronto, the Nationals return to host the Yankees on June 15.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.