WASHINGTON – Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, becoming the first player in Major League history to hit 15 home runs in a 17-day span, and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 8-4 on Monday night. night.
Schwarber hit a 1-0 fastball from Jared Eickhoff about 439 feet on the top deck of right field in the first inning. It was his sixth starting home run this season, and Trea Turner followed with a 435-foot bomb to the left to make it 2-0.
Schwarber again carried Eickhoff (0-1) deep in the fifth inning, the 24th of the year.
The Nationals have won 12 of 15 to return to .500 – their only winning record this year was after their season opener – and are moving within three games of the first-place Mets in the NL East. . Schwarber has fueled the team’s rise, setting a franchise record for home runs in any month with his 15 home runs in June.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the Nationals after New York cut the lead to 5-4. Gerardo Parra also homered for Washington, his first since rejoining the team on June 20.
Paolo Espino (2-2) pitched five scoreless innings in a point-of-view start. Brad Hand retired pinch hitters Michael Conforto and James McCann in the eighth before pitching a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.
The Mets made it interesting in the later innings. Jeff McNeil singled in New York’s first run in the seventh, and Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer, his twelfth of the season, off reliever Justin Miller in the eighth. Billy McKinney followed with a home run to right field.
The game was a composition of a contest that was scheduled for the season-opening series between the teams, which was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Nationals organization.
Schwarber’s 11 home runs in his last nine games are tied for the most in any nine-game span since 1901. Frank Howard did it in 1968 for the Washington Senators.
His tear started when he was moved to the top spot. José Altuve shares the Major League Baseball lead in opening home runs, but his six have come in 66 games at the top of the order. Schwarber has hit 17 leadoff times.
Schwarber has five multi-homer games this season, all in June, and three against him. Mets. He has 13 in his career.
Nationals: RHP Daniel Hudson (right elbow swelling) is expected to launch a bullpen session on Wednesday. Hudson pitched from flat ground in Nationals Park on Monday. … Stephen Strasburg (neck strain) also pitched from a flat floor.
Mets: OF Brandon Nimmo (detached hand ligament) would join the team Tuesday, but will remain in his minor league rehab with Triple-A Syracuse. Nimmo has been out since May 3 and the Mets want Nimmo to get more at-bats. He has not had any setbacks, said coach Luis Rojas. … RHP Marcus Stroman was placed on the bereavement list on Monday. Sean Reid-Foley was called up from Triple-A.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Mets: RHP Tyler Megill (0-0, 4.15) will start a three-game series in Atlanta.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (4-7, 4.12 ERA) opens a two-game series at home against Tampa Bay.
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