WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Jonny Gomes #30 after hitting a home run in the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on July 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Mets Vs. Nationals: Jayson Werth's Home Run Holds Up As Nationals Snap Six-Game Skid With 3-0 Win

Jayson Werth homered in the first inning and Yunesky Maya, pitching for the traded Jason Marquis, threw five innings of shutout ball to get his first major league win.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Final Score: Jayson Werth Home Run Gives Yunesky Maya First Win

It was a night for the unexpected at Nationals Park. First, scheduled Washington Nationals starter Jason Marquis was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks two hours before the start of the game. Then, a couple of much-maligned players led the way for the Nationals, allowing them to snap their six-game losing streak in a 3-0 win over the New York Mets.

Jayson Werth bashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and Yunesky Maya did the rest in the shutout win. The victory was Maya's first as a Major League pitcher, and was pretty remarkable considering he was supposed to start for AAA-Syracuse as recently as 24 hours ago. The Nationals called him up to be ready in case Marquis was traded, and Maya was, allowing five hits in five and a third innings to get the win.

Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard kept the game in the Nationals' hand late, and Drew Storen got his 26th save despite loading the bases late.


Mets Vs. Nationals: Yunesky Maya Steps In As Nationals Look To Stop Losing Skid

It's been a wild day for the Washington Nationals, who have already made two deals as we get closer to the MLB trade deadline. One of those trades involved Jason Marquis, who was scheduled to start for the Nationals against the New York Mets on Saturday night. So much for that.

As Marquis was being informed of the trade, the Nationals asked Yunesky Maya to come up from AAA-Syracuse in case something happened. Something did happen, so Maya will get the spot start hoping to stop a six-game losing streak for his home team.

Maya has been awful in his brief MLB career so far, with zero wins and a 6.31 career ERA. But he was scheduled to start in AAA on Saturday night, and the Nationals don't want to mess up their rotation.

Here is the Nationals' lineup, complete with yet another new leadoff hitter.

  1. Rick Ankiel (CF)
  2. Ian Desmond (SS)
  3. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
  4. Michael Morse (1B)
  5. Jayson Werth (RF)
  6. Danny Espinosa (2B)
  7. Jonny Gomes (LF)
  8. Wilson Ramos (C)
  9. Yunesky Maya (P)
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