Martin is no match for Hernandez, Mets

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But by that point, the Mets already had a 5-0 lead. Martin’s night ended after just 74 pitches, eight of them going for hits in four innings.

Washington’s one attempt to make the game competitive - a fourth-inning rally - alternated two singles with a pair of outs, meaning the Nationals didn’t have room to extend the inning after Josh Bard’s two-run double that rolled into foul territory, spiked off an angled fence and shot straight sideways back into fair territory.

That rally devolved into a predictably sleepy offense in the late innings; the Nationals’ only hit after the fourth inning was a Nick Johnson single in the seventh.

It probably won’t be the final start Martin makes in the majors this year, considering the postgame news that Scott Olsen will have season-ending surgery to repair a small tear of his left labrum Thursday. But the gulf between Martin and Hernandez was the primary reason his first start wound up like a paint-by-numbers Nationals loss.

“I hope he stays here,” said reliever Tyler Clippard, who pitched with Martin at Class AAA Syracuse. “I have all the confidence in the world in what he can do.”

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