NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Brad Peacock #41 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch during the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 14, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Mets: Brad Peacock Earns First Win On First Start In Nationals Shutout Of Mets

Peacock got little offensive support but it was all he needed as he helped the Nationals defeat the Mets and move into a tie with New York for third place in the NL East. The Nationals have now won 70 games, the most in a season since 2007.

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Nationals Vs. Mets Final: Nationals Take Third From Mets In New York, Win 2-0

The Washington Nationals put the hurt on the New York Mets at Citi Field Wednesday night. The Nationals shut out the Mets 2-0 in what is becoming a big series for the Nationals. While they might not be going to the playoffs, the Nationals are now playing for respectability and forward progress. They achieved this by winning their 70th game of the season, a win total the franchise has not reached since 2007. They are now on a four-game winning streak, and have pulled even with the Mets in third place in the NL East.

Nationals rookie starter Brad Peacock made his first MLB start and he bloomed. The 23-year old relied on fly outs and a unique curveball to hold the Mets down. He pitched five innings, had a no-hitter for three, gave up no runs, two hits and three walks while striking out two. In the fourth inning he showed incredible resilience after he loaded the bases, but was able to get out of the jam. He earned his first MLB win with his family in the crowd.

Peacock was supported by the Nationals who were able to get RBI singles from Michael Morse and Jayson Werth in the third inning. In the ninth closer Drew Storen earned his 37th save of the season and his third in the last three days as he closed out all of the games in the Nats sweep. Center fielder Rick Ankiel had a fantastic run saving catch to end the game.

Game Four of the series will be Thursday at 1:10 P.M. The Nats will try to go for the sweep.

The Nationals are now 70-77 on the season and in a tie for third place in the NL East with the Mets.

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Nationals Vs. Mets Score: Brad Peacock Strutting His Stuff With 2-0 Lead

The Washington Nationals have taken a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning on top of the New York Mets on Wednesday. They are a little over four innings away from sweeping their NL East rivals and moving closer to third place in the NL East which is currently held by the Mets.

The team's success is due in part to rookie pitcher Brad Peacock who has been sensational through five innings only giving up two hits to New York while walking three and striking out two. He had a no-hitter going until the fourth inning when the Mets were able to get a single up the middle. Majority of Peacock's outs have come in the form of fly outs. He ran into trouble in the fourth when the Mets loaded the bases, but was able to get out of the jam showing impressive coolness and fortitude.

The Nationals have rocked six hits off Mets starter Mike Pelfrey. Michael Morse and Jayson Werth lay claim to the Nationals two runs, both hitting RBI singles in the third inning. Rookie first baseman Chris Marrero is hitting the ball well and is 2-for-3.

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Nationals Vs. Mets: Brad Peacock Looks To Ruffle Mets Feathers In First MLB Start

Peacock had a 15-3 record and 2.39 ERA in combined games between Double-A and Triple-A and was recently named the Nationals Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He debuted on Sept. 6th and got nailed with a blown save in an inning of relief work.

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