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.