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Nationals Score 25 Runs In Win Against Mets

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  • Nationals Score 25 Runs In Win Against Mets

    Nationals win 25-4 to hand Mets worst loss in franchise history

    WASHINGTON -- 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.

    Trea Turner had four of Washington's 26 hits. Pitcher Tanner Roark (5-12) allowed one run in seven innings and hit a three-run double during a seven-run first.

    The Nationals set the team scoring mark dating to their days as the Montreal Expos in 1969 and were just the 10th team in MLB's modern era (since 1900) to score 25 or more runs in a home game, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The 21-run win was also the largest in Nationals/Expos history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

    For the Mets, it was the most-lopsided loss in their 57-season history, worse than a 26-7 pounding by Philadelphia in 1985.

    The Nationals led 19-0 through five innings, marking only the second time that has happened in MLB history, according to Elias. The first occurrence was on May 13, 1876, when the Hartford Dark Dukes held a 21-0 lead over the New York Mutuals through 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.

    Murphy drove in six runs - an RBI single in the first, a two-run homer in the second and a three-run drive in the third. Anthony Rendon had four RBIs and Zimmerman also homered.

    Ahead 7-0, the Nationals then scored exactly three runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

    Bryce Harper hit a pair of RBI doubles and scored three times.