After a busy - and hectic - day at Nationals Park, when probable starter Jason Marquis was informed roughly 90 minutes before the first pitch that he’d been traded, the Nationals ended the night with a sigh of relief.
They snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Mets on Saturday night, with spot starter Yunesky Maya earning his first major league victory and Drew Storen, himself the subject of trade rumors, closing it with his 26th save of the year after he loaded the bases in the ninth.
Jayson Werth, who’s been showing signs of a turnaround in the last two weeks, hit a three-run homer to dead center in the first inning to drive in all of the Nationals’ runs. He’s 11-for-34 in his last 10 games, and went 2-for-2 with an intentional walk on Saturday. And the same fans who’d been booing Werth all season instead cheered him as he came to the plate, jeering R.A. Dickey when he sent the right fielder to first base.
It was the Nationals’ 50th win of the season. They’ll try for a series win tomorrow afternoon, with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound.
More from the clubhouse in a while.