Nationals set team scoring record, rout Reyes, Mets 25-4

Nationals set team scoring record, rout Reyes, Mets 25-4
Nationals set team scoring record, rout Reyes, Mets 25-4

WASHINGTON (AP) – In the highest-scoring game in franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home runs and the Washington Nationals kept pouring it on against emergency reliever Jose Reyes and the New York Mets in a 25-4 rout Tuesday night.

Pitcher Tanner Roark hit a three-run double during a seven-run first inning and Trea Turner had four of Washington’s 26 hits. The Nationals set the team scoring mark dating to their days as the Montreal Expos in 1969.

It was the Mets’ most-lopsided loss in their 57-season history, worse than a 26-7 pounding by Philadelphia in 1985.

Reyes made the first pitching appearance of his career, and the 35-year-old infielder got tagged for home runs to Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds in a six-run eighth. Throwing a fastball in the mid-80s mph and a curve in the upper 40s, Reyes gave up five hits and walked two.

Reyes also plunked Ryan Zimmerman with a soft toss. After getting hit in the leg, Zimmerman playfully faked a charge toward the mound, drawing a laugh from Reyes.

The game got so out of hand, Mets television announcers Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen took turns reading verbatim from the team’s media guide in the late innings – the SNY network played the theme from “Masterpiece Theatre” in the background.

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. It was Zimmerman’s 1,695th hit, a new franchise record. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)