Nationals on roll in New York
STEPHEN STRASBURG bounced back from a poor start to pitch seven efficient innings, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each hit a two-run homer, and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets, 4-1, last night to set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive win on the road against one team.
The Mets' 11 straight losses to Washington in Queens are their most against one team in club history. New York lost 10 in a row to the Braves at Shea Stadium from 1991-92.
Strasburg (9-10) gave up three hits and an unearned run, improving to 2-8 in 13 road starts. He struck out eight and walked two.
Rafael Soriano was perfect in the ninth for his second straight save in the series and 28th overall.
LaRoche and Harper both connected after walks by Dillon Gee (4-5). LaRoche homered in the first and Harper hit a long drive to right-center in the fourth.
The Nationals hit seven homers in the series, outscoring the Mets 14-4 and continuing a lopsided trend during a streak in New York that began June 30 last year. Washington has outscored the Mets 74-21 during the run at Citi Field, which now tops the Montreal Expos' 10 road wins in a row against the Cubs from 1982-83.
The Nationals are 25-4 at the Mets' home since Sept. 12, 2011. The teams play four more times this year in New York and three more in Washington, where the Nationals have won four of six meetings. They lead the season series, 10-2.
In other NL games
* At Atlanta, Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, his first in almost 3 months, Roberto Hernandez threw six strong innings to earn his first win with Los Angeles and the Dodgers beat the slumping Braves, 6-4. Hernandez (7-8), making his second start since his trade from the Phillies on Aug. 7, allowed one run on three hits and four walks in six innings.
* At Chicago, Mike Fiers (2-1) struck out a career-high 14 through six innings of three-hit ball, Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs, 6-2. Ryan Braun was held out of the lineup with a sore right hand.
* At Miami, Marcell Ozuna doubled home Garrett Jones with the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Marlins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4.
* At St. Louis, Jon Jay's pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth was the difference as the Cardinals topped the San Diego Padres, 4-2.
* At Denver, Charlie Culberson hit his first homer in more than a month - a three-run shot in the fifth - and Jorge De La Rosa (12-8) pitched seven effective innings to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Cincinnati Reds, 7-3.
In AL games
* At Kansas City, Nori Aoki and Billy Butler each drove in two runs in a five-run seventh and the surging Royals rallied to defeat the Oakland Athletics, 7-3. The Royals have won 18 of 22 to move 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 20, 2003.
In Athletics news, shortstop Jed Lowrie went on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of his right index finger.
* At Boston, Dustin Pedroia's two-run double capped a seven-run sixth inning that sent the Red Sox to their fourth straight win, 9-4 over the Houston Astros.
* At Arlington, Texas, Logan Forsythe and Evan Longoria each hit two-run homers to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Texas Rangers, 6-3.
In interleague play
* At Detroit, Max Scherzer struck out 14 batters in eight shutout innings, leading the Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scherzer (14-4) took another step toward a second straight American League Cy Young Award, holding Pittsburgh to three hits and two walks.