The Nationals are alone in third place in the National League East. They're moving closer to a respectable final record. And they're officially on a roll.
They beat the Mets 10-1 this afternoon at Citi Field, finishing a four-game sweep of New York and winning their fifth game in a row. They improved to 71-77, and will have a chance to add to their record with three games against the last-place Marlins this weekend at Nationals Park.
Tommy Milone got his first career win, allowing one run (that scored after he left the game) in 5 2/3 innings. Ian Desmond became the fifth Nationals player with five hits in a game, and Wilson Ramos also added three hits.
Most importantly for the Nationals, though, they put together an impressive performance on the road. This is the first time this year they've swept a four-game series, and while they weren't exactly facing a formidable opponent (the Mets have lost six in a row, and are 31-44 at home), they've missed opportunities against similar teams this year. To sweep a four-game series on the road is big, and to do it with solid performances from a pair of rookie pitchers (Milone and Brad Peacock) is equally encouraging.
Washington returns home tomorrow night, with John Lannan, Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler due to pitch against the Marlins.