Nats set franchise runs record in 25-4 rout of Mets

The Washington Nationals set a franchise record for most runs in a game. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON: Daniel Murphy homered twice and drove in six runs, and Tanner Roark knocked in three and threw seven solid innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 25-4 on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

The 25 runs were a franchise-high for Washington, which finished with 26 hits and five homers.

Roark lined a three-run double that was the key hit in a seven-run first inning. The Nationals scored at least three runs in each of the first five innings, then added six runs in the eighth off Mets infielder-turned-pitcher José Reyes.

Murphy went 3-for-4. Anthony Rendon finished 3-for-6 with four RBIs. Roark was 2-for-5 while Ryan Zimmerman (2-for-5) homered and drove in three. Trea Turner added four hits and three runs, and Juan Soto and Michael A. Taylor had three hits apiece.

Roark (5-12) earned his second consecutive win. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks while fanning seven.

New York starter Steven Matz (5-9) lasted just two-thirds of an inning. He gave up seven runs on eight hits.

The Nationals broke the game open with that seven-run first inning. Turner led off with a single and stole second and third before scoring on Bryce Harper’s one-out double.

Zimmerman made it 2-0 with an RBI single that put him in first place in franchise history for hits (Montreal/Washington) with 1,695, passing Tim Wallach. Murphy’s RBI single gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead, and Roark later lined his three-run double.

Rendon, activated from the family medical leave list before the game, singled in the final run of the first for a 7-0 lead. That also ended Matz’s night.

In the second, Mets reliever Jacob Rhame gave up a Murphy two-run homer plus an RBI single by Matt Wieters. Murphy then made it 13-0 in the third with a three-run homer.

The Nationals scored three more in the fourth thanks to a Harper RBI double plus Zimmerman’s two-run homer. Rendon’s three-run double in the fifth made it 19-0.

Jeff McNeil (two RBIs) belted his first major league homer for the Mets in the seventh, a solo shot that made it 19-1.

The Nationals piled on against Reyes in the eighth. Matt Adams hit a two-run homer and Mark Reynolds added a three-run shot.

McNeil (fielder’s choice) and Austin Jackson (two-run homer) drove in the three New York runs in the ninth.