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Fis­ter pitches Nats to win

- By Mike Fitz­patrick As­so­ci­ated Press

NEWYORK — DougFis­ter breezed through his lat­est dom­i­nant out­ing against the Mets, and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als held on for their sec­ond straight 1-0 win over New York at Citi Field on Sun­day.

It was the first time in fran­chise his­tory, dat­ing to the team’s Mon­treal de­but in 1969, the Na­tion­als won con­sec­u­tive 1-0 games, ac­cord­ing to STATS.

Ryan Zim­mer­man blooped an RBI sin­gle in the first in­ning, and the Na­tion­als took three of four from the NL East lead­ers to make it 17 vic­to­ries in their last 19 tries in Queens. A heavy fa­vorite to win the di­vi­sion, Wash­ing­ton has won five of six be­hind its vaunted ro­ta­tion fol­low­ing a six-game los­ing streak.

Na­tion­als re­liever Matt Thorn­ton struck out Lu­cas Duda with two run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion in the eighth, and Aaron Bar­rett whiffed cleanup man Michael Cud­dyer to end the in­ning. Drew Storen pitched a per­fect ninth for his sev­enth save.

Prior to Gio Gon­za­lez’s win Satur­day night, saved by Storen, the Na­tion­als had not won 1-0 on the road since May 15, 2008, also against the Mets.

Fis­ter (2-1) threw 68 of 89 pitches for strikes be­fore a quick hook from manager Matt Wil­liams with a run­ner on sec­ond and one out in the sev­enth. Tan­ner Roark, one of four re­liev­ers who com­bined to fin­ish a five-hit­ter, kept New York off the score­board.

Fis­ter al­lowed those five hits and walked none while im­prov­ing to 5-0 with a 0.82 ERA in five starts against the Mets, who have dropped five of six. They are 3-7 since their 11-game win­ning streak.

Dil­lon Gee (0-2) was chased in the sixth. He has lasted at least five innings in 51 straight starts, break­ing the pre­vi­ous club record held by Dwight Gooden (1987-89). It is the long­est ac­tive streak in the ma­jors.

The last time the Mets had lost 1-0 on con­sec­u­tive days was Sept. 4-5, 1990, at St. Louis and Pitts­burgh, STATS said.

The pre­vi­ous team to de­feat New York 1-0 on backto-back days was the Chicago Cubs in April 1973 at Shea Sta­dium. Fer­gu­son Jenk­ins beat Tom Seaver in the opener in a matchup of fu­ture Hall of Famers.

Cud­dyer robbed Zim­mer­man of a fourth-in­ning home run with a leap­ing grab at the 358-foot sign in left.

Gee, how­ever, faded quickly af­ter work­ing hard in the mid­dle innings. He es­caped a jam in the fifth against the mid­dle of the lineup and then reached base him­self in the bot­tom half. The pitcher was run­ning on four con­sec­u­tive full-count de­liv­er­ies be­fore Curtis Gran­der­son struck out to end the in­ning.

Per­haps com­pletely gassed, Gee never got an­other out. He was pulled with the bases loaded fol­low­ing his fifth walk, but Alex Tor­res mo­men­tar­ily res­cued the Mets by strik­ing out three straight to pre­vent any dam­age.

Gee walked his first bat­ter and New York, shaky on the in­field, squan­dered two chances to turn a dou­ble play. That proved costly when Zim­mer­man poked a two-out RBI sin­gle off the end of his bro­ken bat on an 0-2 pitch.

Fis­ter re­tired 14 of 15 be­fore Gee’s two-out sin­gle in the fifth.

 ?? JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES ?? Doug Fis­ter al­lowed five hits Sun­day and walked none while im­prov­ing to 5-0 with a 0.82 ERA in five starts against the Mets, who have dropped five of six.
JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES Doug Fis­ter al­lowed five hits Sun­day and walked none while im­prov­ing to 5-0 with a 0.82 ERA in five starts against the Mets, who have dropped five of six.

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