Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 4/20/13
Ryan Zimmerman was a scratch for the second consecutive game today, and he's getting an MRI on his hamstring. Never a good sign for the Nats franchise third baseman. The game itself was a roller coaster ride of a game throughout on the way to a Nats 7-6 victory. The Nats offense was able to get off to a quick start. Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the year on a first pitch fastball, which seems perfectly appropriate for Desi, in the second inning for the early 1-0 lead. Bryce Harper followed up with his own home run in the third, a two-run shot for his sixth on the season, which gave the Nats a 3-0 lead. Through that point in the game, Gio Gonzalez had been pitching a gem. He had only allowed two base runners through the first three innings. The wheels totally came off in the fourth inning, though. Gio faced 10 batters in that disastrous inning, which wound up being the end of his day. He was unable to control his pitches with any consistency as his outing totally unraveled in the five-run inning, putting the Nats behind 5-3. That deficit didn't last long, though. Adam LaRoche hit his third homer of the season, a three-run shot, which put the Nats back on top 6-5. Craig Stammen had what was probably his best outing of the season in long relief of Gio. He pitched the fifth and sixth inning, and he struck out five of the six batters he faced. He didn't allow a base runner, and it was truly incredible to watch. He was one of the the unsung heroes in today's game. Ryan Mattheus gave up a run in the seventh on a John Buck double, which scored Daniel Murphy, who singled earlier in the evening. Mattheus was unhappy with his performance, and he let the Gatorade cooler in the dugout know his displeasure as he threw the cooler to the ground. The Mets had, once again, tied the game. This time in the seventh inning. That did not last long, as Harper came up to bat to lead off the eighth and obliterated a first-pitch fastball to right center field for his seventh home run of the year and his second of the game. Harper ended the day 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a walk on top. Not a bad day. The Nats had the lead once again, and it was one that they would not relinquish. Rafael Soriano closed out the game for his sixth save in a 7-6 victory for the Nats' 10th win of the season. It sets up the rubber game at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon before the Nats return home to face the St. Louis Cardinals in what will be a closely watched series following last season's NLDS between the two teams.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Butler can’t sign one-year contract unless it’s with Bulls

DeAndre Jordan wants 4-year deal, bigger offensive role

USA-Germany: Rivals meet in World Cup semis

Kings reportedly looking into viability of firing Karl

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson loves the Twitter criticism

Vikings RB McKinnon: If I had a fantasy team, I'd take myself

Report: Kings have had discussions with John Calipari

De’Andre Johnson charged with misdemeanor battery

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets

Blatter won’t attend World Cup final due to ‘personal reasons’

Sharks have found their starting goalie by acquiring Jones

Fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th says he’s received threats

Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

Selecting the 2015 American League All-Stars

Jim Harbaugh is recruiting a prospect he once babysat

Conan makes Marshawn's wildest dreams come true

Brett Favre dons Packers jersey, says, 'I think I could still play'

Bo Knows, Bo Goes: Wisconsin feels pride and pain

Popovich won't call free agents at midnight, he'll be in bed

Joe Buck explains why he quit Twitter

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Peterson: I'm still NFL's best RB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.