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Nats Blow-Out Mets, Reduce Magic Number To Nine For NL East Crown

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The Washington Nationals are on a mission in 2016, and it is not to falter in the end and give up another opportunity to win the NL East division.

Well on Monday they moved themselves even closer to the crown, as they defeated the recently surging New York Mets handily with an 8-1 victory at Nationals Park.

The Nats, who won their fourth straight game and seventh in their last ten games, took it to Mets starter Rafael Montero, scoring six runs and knocking the 25 year old righty out of the game after only 1.2 innings. Gabriel Ynoa relieved Montero and he was tagged for two runs in two innings, putting the Nats out of reach early in the contest. The Mets who led 1-0 early after scoring a run in the 1st, managed only five hits in the game.

With the victory the Nationals magic number to clinch the NL East was reduced to nine games with 18 games to go on the season.

Daniel Murphy Continues His Hot Hitting Against Mets

Washington received great production from their hottest hitter Daniel Murphy as he has become a thorn in the Mets side, with three hits that included two doubles, finishing 3 for 5, with a run scored.

On the season, Murphy is leading the league with a .347 batting average, has 44 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs, and 102 RBI’s.

Murphy has torn up his old club as he is hitting .412, with five doubles, seven home runs and 21 RBI’s in 17 games.

The Nats finally found the ingredient to beating out the Mets for first and it’s Daniel Murphy. What a season for the humble second baseman.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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