VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to top the Mets, 11-5, at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday afternoon and snap a two-game losing streak.
With the score tied at 4, Washington teed off on right-hander Cory Mazzoni. The rally started with Tyler Moore, who singled to right field, scoring Scott Hairston. Will Rhymes then singled to right field, scoring Cutter Dykstra. Sandy Leon followed with a three-run homer to give Washington a four-run lead. Matt Skole added to the lead later in the inning with a two-run homer.
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez started his first game of the spring and pitched two shutout innings. Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia was on the mound in the second inning when the Nationals scored an unearned run. Wilson Ramos reached second on an error by Mejia and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Fontenot. Mejia would pitch two innings, strike out three and allow an unearned run.
But the lead evaporated with Nationals left-hander Matt Purke on the mound. With runners on first and second, Zach Lutz singled to left field, scoring Wilmer Flores. Two batters later, Anthony Seratelli singled to right field, scoring two runs.
Up next: John Lannan will resume his quest for the fifth starter's job Thursday in Kissimmee, Fla., in a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Astros. Also scheduled to pitch are bullpen candidates Vic Black, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia and Jack Leathersich.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less