The Washington Nationals completed a three game sweep of division rival New York Met with a 5-2 win this afternoon, moving to 19 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. Stephen Strasburg (11-4) delivered another gem on the mound for the Nats, tossing 7 innings and allowing just 4 hits and 11 strikeouts on the way to his 11th victory. It was Strasburg's 4th game this season in which he fanned 10 or more batters, 7th time of his career. Overall, he threw 94 pitches with 63 being strikes. Another dominating performance by Strasburg that helped the Nationals improve to 59-39 on the season.
Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, and Sean Burnett combined for a shutout 8rth inning while Tyler Clippard picked up his 18th save
The Nats offense jumped on the Mets early with two, back to back, solo home runs in the second inning. The first came from Mike Morse who crushed a shot to right field. It was number 7 on the season for Morse. The next batter was red hot Danny Espinosa who followed in tune with a home run to center field. It was the ninth round tripper for Espinosa and extended his hitting streak to a team high 11 games. Espinosa would finish the day 2 for 4 and would double and score in the fourth inning. Espinosa would score on a throwing error by the Mets. Adam LaRoche capped off the Nats scoring with a two run homer, his 18th of the season, in the seventh inning.
The win improves the Nationals to 59-39 and moves the New York Mets to 5 games below .500. The win also extends the Nats current win streak to four games.