Gerardo Parra lifts Nationals to 7-6 win over Mets; Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil hurt
Gerardo Parra is a former Gold Glove winner in the outfield who continues to be challenged with his footwork as the Washington Nationals fill-in first baseman.
But the desperate Nationals will gladly overlook Parras inexperience at first because the former San Francisco Giant has been clutch at the plate, leading his new club Thursday to a 7-6 win over the New York Mets.
Parra went 3-for-3 with a walk, drove in three runs and scored three more as the underachieving Nationals captured their first series win in about a month.
Now in his 11th major league season, Parra slammed a two-run homer in the fifth off Mets starter Zach Wheeler to snap a tie and the Nationals held on to win even though closer Sean Doolittle allowed two runs in the ninth at Nationals Park.