Bullpen falters late against Mets
Dukes homers, Zimmermann stellar against NL East rivals
NATIONALS 5, METS 5 (10 innings)
at Viera, Fla.
Tuesday, March 10
Mets at the plate: Daniel Murphy tied the score at 5 with a single to up the middle in the ninth inning. Outfielder Cory Sullivan had three hits, including an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning. Bobby Kielty, Nick Evans and Ryan Church also delivered RBIs in the seventh inning. Infielder Marlon Anderson went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .421.
Nationals at the plate: Washington took the lead in the first inning on Elijah Dukes' two-run homer, the first of three hits for the outfielder. Two innings later, Brad Eldred hit a three-run homer. It was his second homer in as many days.
Mets on the mound: Right-hander John Maine gave up five runs in three innings. The bullpen did its part though, as Darren O'Day, Bobby Parnell and Kyle Snyder kept the Nationals scoreless over the next three innings.
Nationals on the mound: Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann pitched 3 1/3 innings without giving up a run. He hasn't yielded a run in 8 1/3 innings this spring. Left-hander Gustavo Chacin tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Zimmermann.
Grapefruit League records: Nationals 6-5-1; Mets, 5-6-1.
Up next: The Nationals have the day off on Wednesday, but travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to play the Braves on Thursday afternoon. Gametime is at 1:05 ET. The two teams will face each other for the first time this spring.
The Mets also have the day off on Wednesday, but return to action against the Marlins on Thursday night at 7:05. The game, which can be watched live on MLB.TV, features the 2009 debut of ace Johan Santana, who is set to start in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.