NEW YORK - In 245 career starts before today, Jason Marquis had only struck out nine batters or more twice. He's done after six innings today, having matched the second-highest total of his career.
Marquis struck out nine, falling four short of the career high he set in 2001 but matching his nine-strikeout game from 2004. He also became the first Nationals pitcher to throw more than 100 pitches this year. He gave up three runs, but the infield hits he allowed in the first inning - and a couple of the calls that went against him - made his line look worse than his performance was.
But Mets pitcher Chris Young - who signed a one-year deal with the Mets this winter after the Nationals, among other teams, passed on him - bested Marquis today. He's done after having allowed just one run on one hit in seven innings. The Nationals still trail 3-1, and they'll have to rally against the Mets bullpen to avoid losing their third series of the year.