Nationals' Raburn Answers Granderson's Tying Homer With Winning Hit In Ninth

Associated Press

Ryan Raburn drove in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Washington Nationals survived another bullpen collapse for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Curtis Granderson tied the score as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth with a two-out, two-run homer off Nationals reliever Matt Albers (4-1).

Granderson's heroics came after Michael Taylor's two-run homer in the eighth for the Nationals broke a scoreless tie.

Matt Wieters opened the ninth for the Nationals with a walk against Paul Sewald (0-3), moved to second following a sacrifice bunt and took third on Adam Lind's deep fly ball. Following Stephen Drew's walk, Raburn's slow, looping liner to left field off Fernando Salas fell in front of a diving Yoenis Cespedes, scoring Wieters.

"I was watching the umpire, and I [saw] him say safe," Raburn said. "I was hoping it would stay that way, and then I saw them talking and I was like, 'Oh, no.' But it fell in."

Granderson, who was limited to a pinch hitting role because of a sore hip, wasn't confident about his hit, either.

"I was just hopeful that it would get out because I wasn't sure what I was going to be able to do after that in terms of trying to go extra bases or anything like that," he said. "The fact that it just went just enough was a good thing."

Granderson wasn't in the starting lineup for the second game in a row because of a right hip muscle strain sustained in Saturday's win against Philadelphia.

"We're actually trying to find out how it occurred. Curtis doesn't have any idea," manager Terry Collins said.

Nationals left fielder Brian Goodwin kept the game scoreless in the top of the eighth by throwing out Brandon Nimmo trying to score from second on Jose Reyes' base hit.

Washington's Stephen Strasburg and Mets starter Steven Matz each tossed seven scoreless innings.

Washington has won back-to-back games after dropping three in a row.

New York lost its second consecutive game after winning four straight and seven of eight.

Strasburg, one of five Nationals chosen to the NL All-Star team, allowed two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in his third start against New York this season.

The righthander did not allow a hit after Reyes' single in the third and retired the final 10 batters. That stretch started by striking out Travis d'Arnaud looking with the bases loaded in the fourth after Strasburg walked three batters.

The Nationals are 8-3 against the Mets this season.

Matz allowed four hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17. He has pitched at least six innings in 10 straight starts.

Washington put two runners on against Matz in the first, second and fourth innings, but went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in those spots. All-Star Ryan Zimmerman grounded into an inning-ending double play in the first.

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