Harper was tossed from the game in the 11th inning for arguing balls and strikes, and Wilmer Flores hit a leadoff home run in the 12th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win on Friday.
Papelbon wasn’t brought to Washington to save games. Drew Storen can do that. He’s got 29 saves this season and 95 over his young career. No, the harsh and simple reality is that the Nationals traded for Papelbon to save a championship.
Scherzer scattered three hits over seven innings, Papelbon got his first save for Washington with a perfect ninth inning and the Nationals beat the Marlins, 1-0, on Thursday.
The Texas Rangers acquired Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels on Wednesday night.
Papelbon has been lights-out in the postseason over his career and is 12th all-time with 342 saves, and his acquisition late Tuesday showed general manager Mike Rizzo has his team’s best intentions on his mind.
Fernandez stayed unbeaten in his home career, Dee Gordon’s standup triple led to him scoring the go-ahead run in his return to the lineup and the Marlins topped the Nationals, 4-1, on Tuesday night.
Papelbon, 34, is 17-for-17 in save chances this season and, with 123 saves, owns the Phillies’ career record. The Nationals will ship out Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta and demote Drew Storen to a set-up role.
Werth and Zimmerman were activated from the disabled list on Tuesday night after lengthy stints and will be in the lineup for the Nationals’ game against the Marlins.
Tulowitzki, who had spent his entire 10-year career with the Rockies, was traded to the Blue Jays in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with Jose Reyes among a package of players heading west.
The stadium has allowed the second-fewest home runs this season because of its cavernous dimensions, which has only added to the huge disappointment the Marlins have been thus far.
The 30-year-old Clippard, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances. The Athletics picked him up in a trade with the Nationals in January.
Cowherd’s questioning of baseball tactics veered in the wrong direction last week when, in an attempt to prove the simplicity of the game, he singled out players from the Dominican Republic as being uneducated.