Lobaton’s sacrifice fly lifts Mets past Nationals in 12
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Mickey Callaway's first season as manager of the New York Mets winds to an end, he's receiving more chances to see the club's young pitchers in key spots out of the bullpen.
He had to be pleased with how they fared late in a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
Jose Lobaton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly against his former team in the 12th inning, while Jacob Rhame (1-2) worked two scoreless innings after entering the night with a 7.00 ERA.
Mets add Lobaton, finalize $14M, 2-year deal with Swarzak
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets added catcher Jose Lobaton, who will try to earn a roster spot in spring training, and finalized their $14 million, two-year contract with reliever Anthony Swarzak on Friday.
Lobaton will report to big league spring training and compete with Kevin Plawecki for a backup job behind Travis d'Arnaud. Lobaton would get a $1.25 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel Murphy and the Washington Nationals kept up their power surge.
Murphy hit two of Washington's five home runs and had five RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 14-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Adam Lind and Jose Lobaton added two-run shots and Anthony Rendon had a solo homer, his third home run in two games, to help the Nationals to their third win in the four-game series and fourth straight victory overall.
NEW YORK (AP) — The way things look right now, Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals are simply too much for the New York Mets to handle.
Trea Turner hit a leadoff homer and the Nationals backed Strasburg with three long balls Saturday, beating the Mets 7-4 to stay undefeated at Citi Field this season.
Teheran leads Braves to rare series win at Nationals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kurt Suzuki homered, Julio Teheran earned his third consecutive victory and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 13-2 on Wednesday to earn a rare series victory on the road against their NL East rival.
Brandon Phillips had four hits and three RBIs for the Braves, who had dropped seven consecutive road series against the Nationals and had lost 23 of their last 25 games in Washington before taking two of three this week.
ATLANTA (AP) — A strong start by Stephen Strasburg provided much-needed relief for Washington's drained bullpen. Then Koda Glover made a convincing pitch to be the Nationals' closer.
Strasburg struck out a season-high 11 and kept up his recent domination of the Atlanta Braves, leading Washington to a 3-2 win Sunday that stopped the Nationals' four-game losing streak.
Nationals reacquire catcher Derek Norris from Padres
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Friday.
Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season for San Diego. The 27-year-old is a career .233 hitter in five major league seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Padres.
Nationals, C Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration with 1-year deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Catcher Jose Lobaton and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration.
The Nationals announced the agreement on Twitter on Thursday.
Lobaton hit .232 in 99 at-bats during the regular season as a backup to Wilson Ramos.
The Toronto Blue Jays have completed a three-game sweep of their American League Division Series by beating Texas, 7-6, on second baseman Rougned Odor's throwing error in the bottom of the tenth inning. Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin homered for the Blue Jays, who will take on either Cleveland or Boston in the American League Championship Series. The Indians and Red Sox were rained out for Game Three in their American League Division Series in Boston after Cleveland took a 2-0 lead.
Lobaton’s HR, Murphy’s RBIs lift Nats past LA 5-2; NLDS tied
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leave it to little-used, light-hitting Jose Lobaton to change the complexion of the Washington Nationals' NL Division Series with one big swing.
Diamondbacks’ Koch impresses in first major league start
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wasn't sure what to expect from Matt Koch in his first major league start. He just knew it wouldn't be a long outing.
Koch knew it, too, and he made the most of his limited time on the mound, allowing one hit and two runs in five-plus innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 4-2 to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Braves undone by big inning vs Nats, end 6-game win streak
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves allowed one big inning Monday, and it was enough to bring an end to the team's six-game winning streak.
Ryan Weber, making his first start of the season, allowed home runs to Trea Turner and Chris Heisey during a five-run third inning and the Braves fell 6-4 to the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game series.
Nats bring Zimmerman, Lobaton off DL; option Cole, Severino
ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals have reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Jose Lobaton from the 15-day disabled list.
Zimmerman is starting in Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Right-hander A.J. Cole and catcher Pedro Severino were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Zimmerman has been out since Aug. 1 with a bruised left wrist. Lobaton has been out since July 20 with left elbow tendinitis.
Garza struggles as Brewers fall to Nationals 7-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers didn't get the sweep they were shooting for, yet they derived a huge sense of satisfaction from their holiday visit to the nation's capital.
Matt Garza yielded three home runs, and the Brewers fell to the Washington Nationals 7-4 on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series.
Milwaukee won the first two from the NL East leaders, including a 1-0 thriller against Max Scherzer on July 4. So as they packed their bags to head...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit the first of Washington's three home runs, and the Nationals returned to form in a 7-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
Jose Lobaton and Ryan Zimmerman also connected for the Nationals, who averted a three-game sweep.
After watching Washington score a combined two runs in the first two games of the series, manager Dusty Baker said before the finale, "We're operating at a low energy level right now."