Jayson Werth’s catch seals Nats’ series-opening win vs. Mets

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth jumps to make a catch on a fly ball hit by New York Mets' Daniel Murphy, for the final out of the ninth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park Friday, May 16, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth jumps to make a catch on a fly ball hit by New York Mets’ Daniel Murphy, for the final out of the ninth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park Friday, May 16, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth had one regret following his game-saving catch Friday night.

“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.

Soriano got his ninth save after Werth’s game-ending jumping catch against the right field wall on a drive by Daniel Murphy with two on and two outs.

“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.

“In my heart of hearts, I knew it was going to be close,” Murphy said. “(Soriano) crowded me just a little bit. He got it on me just a hair . Jason made a good play on it.”

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.”

Scott Hairston had an RBI double and a single for Washington, which has won nine straight against the Mets going back to last season, and was beginning a stretch of 15 of 19 games at home.

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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