Daniel Murphy made Henry Rodriguez pay for a critical error, driving in
the winning run in the ninth as the host Mets improved to 4-0 with a
4-3 victory over the Nationals on Monday.After Mike Baxter drew a leadoff
walk in the ninth, Ruben Tejada attempted to sacrifice him to second.
But reliever Rodriguez (0-1), who fielded the ball cleanly, threw it
past first baseman Adam LaRoche, enabling Baxter to advance to third.Murphy then ripped a 1-0 pitch to right center as the Mets continued their hot start. New York is 4-0 for the first time since 2007 and is one of only four remaining unbeaten teams. Jon
Rauch (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings to earn the
win in his second appearance for the Mets, who he signed with after
spending the previous year in Toronto. The Nationals took a 1-0
lead in the first and stretched the advantage to 3-0 in the third on
Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI double and LaRoche’s run-scoring single. But
the Mets got a run back in the...