WASHINGTON (AP) — In the highest-scoring game in franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home runs and the Washington Nationals kept pouring it on against emergency reliever Jose Reyes and the New York Mets in a 25-4 rout Tuesday night.
Pitcher Tanner Roark hit a three-run double during a seven-run first inning and Trea Turner had four of Washington’s 26 hits in his first appearance since his Twitter controversy. The Nationals set the team scoring mark dating to their days as the Montreal Expos in 1969.
It was the Mets’ most-lopsided loss in their 57-season history, worse than a 26-7 pounding by Philadelphia in 1985.
The Nationals scored seven runs in the first inning and became the first team since 2011 to have each of their starters record a hit in the first two innings of a game. The Nats also became the first team since 2011 to score at least three runs in each of the first five innings.
Reyes made the first pitching appearance of his career, and the 35-year-old infielder got tagged for home runs to Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds in a six-run eighth. Throwing a fastball in the mid-80s mph and a curve in the upper 40s, Reyes gave up five hits and walked two.
Reyes also plunked Ryan Zimmerman with a soft toss. After getting hit in the leg, Zimmerman playfully faked a charge toward the mound, drawing a laugh from Reyes.
With his first inning single, Zimmerman became the franchise’s all-time hits leader, passing Tim Wallach. Zimmerman added a home run in the fourth inning to total 1,696 hits in his career.
The game got so out of hand, Mets television announcers Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen took turns reading verbatim from the team’s media guide in the late innings — the SNY network played the theme from “Masterpiece Theatre” in the background.
WTOP’s Rob Woodfork contributed to this report.
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