The Washington Nationals couldn’t get the big hit on Matt Harvey, so they patiently waited until he was out of the game to score.
The Nationals scored five in the 8th and 9th to come back and beat the New York Mets, 6-4 Friday night.
Mets closer Bobby Parnell (5-4) took the loss, while Tyler Clippard (6-1) got the win in relief of Ross Detwiler. Detwiler was not sharp in his second start back from the disabled list, yielding three runs in five innings.
Drew Storen got the save, his second, after pitching a perfect ninth.
Mets starter Matt Harvey was dominant, striking out 11 in seven innings, yielding only one run, a home run by Ian Desmond. He departed with a 4-1 lead and handed it over to the Mets bullpen.
That bullpen promptly imploded in the eighth. The Mets used four pitchers that inning, with the Nationals getting three hits and a walk, including a big three-run double from Ryan Zimmerman to tie the game at 4-4.
Bobby Parnell- who has pitched well as the Mets closer – fared no better in the ninth. He gave up doubles to Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond and a sac fly by Kurt Suzuki to take the loss, giving up two earned runs in the inning.
The season series between these two is tied at 3-3.