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“I probably should have untucked my shirt, but I didn’t,” he joked, referring to closer Rafael Soriano’s signature move upon the completion of a save.
Tyler Moore had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, and Washington relievers threw four scoreless innings - the last one thanks in large part to Werth — as the Nationals defeated the New York Mets 5-2.
“I think the rain might have knocked it down a little bit, give me a better chance at it. It was close,” Werth said.
He wasn’t sure if the ball would have made it out.
Soriano retired the first two batters before walking pinch hitter Juan Lagares and Eric Young.
That brought up Murphy, who began play with a .337 road batting average.
“Murph’s been one of their hottest hitters of late and he’s one of their best hitters overall, so it’s never comfortable when he’s at the plate with a chance to tie the game,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “But it’s a game of inches sometimes and he didn’t quite get enough of it.”
Nationals starter Tanner Roark (3-1) pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits.
Ross Detwiler, Drew Storen, and Tyler Clippard handled the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
The Mets snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak, their second longest of the season, with two runs in the fifth.
Jonathon Niese (2-3) took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, in four innings. It was Niese’s shortest outing since June 20, 2013 at Atlanta, when he left after 3 1-3 innings due to injury.
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