Daniel Murphy hits two homers in 25-4 win
Daniel Murphy is starting to heat up at the plate at just the right time for the Nationals.
And it comes as no surprise that his latest barrage came against the New York Mets, who gave up 26 hits as the Nationals set several offensive records in a 25-4 crushing win Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
Murphy hit two of the five homers by Washington and had a career-high six RBI with three hits. It was the sixth multi-homer game in the career of Murphy and he now has 11 homers against the Mets, the team that drafted him out of Jacksonville University.
The franchise record for runs in a game and margin of victory came just hours after the non-waiver trade deadline passed without the Nationals trading all-star outfielder Bryce Harper or any other position players, including infielder Murphy.
The only trade involved veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler, who was sent to the Chicago Cubs for a minor league pitcher.
“I think as a ballclub you take confidence in knowing the ownership and front officebelieves in the 25 men we have here,” said Murphy, who is hitting .287 with four homers in 38 games since coming off the disabled list in June. “We played well tonight and will look to do the same tomorrow.”
The Nationals end the two-game series on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m., with rain in the forecast all afternoon.
“It was nice to get out there. It was a good win. Sleep fast and get ready for tomorrow,” Murphy said. “Keep grinding out at-bats. I say that over and over again. That is what we did. All you can do is control your effort and engage in every single pitch.”
Third-place Washington is still 5 games back of the first-place Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East, as the Phillies won in Boston.
“It was pretty exciting. Good at-bats all day,” said Dave Martinez, the Nationals manager. “It has been an emotional day. It was a good way to end it.”
The Nationals had five homers, including one each from Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds and Matt Adams.
Zimmerman had a single in the first to set a franchise record for career hits with 1,694.
Trea Turner had four hits, Anthony Rendon had three hits and four RBI, Juan Soto had three hits and Michael A. Taylor had three hits and scored three times.
“I felt some really good energy before the game in the dugout,” Martinez said.
The winning pitcher was Tanner Roark, who allowed just one run in seven innings for his second win in a row.
“This is the Tanner Roark I have seen many years on the other side,” Martinez said. “He’s a bulldog and I am told him that.”