Nationals prevent sweep in 7-4 victory against Mets; recap: 8/11/19

The Washington Nationals prevented being swept by the New York Mets in a 7-4 victory today. Now standing at 62-55, the Nationals have shown that they can bounce back from two bitter losses in what many considered to be a critical series. Anibal Sanchez threw a decent five innings despite giving up seven hits, three runs, and one walk while striking out only three. Tanner Rainey, Matt Grace, Hunter Strickland, Daniel Hudson, Wander Suero, and Sean Doolitle all provided excellent relief, with Doolittle earning his 26th save (and a little redemption).

Juan Soto exited the game in the seventh inning following a rolling of the ankle while running the bases and trying to score. After the game, the outfielder assured the media that he was feeling better and walking on the ankle, and the Nationals have announced that Soto would be day-to-day with a mild right ankle sprain.

In the first inning, Asdrubal Cabrera reached on a throwing error that scored Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon, and Juan Soto. In the seventh, Cabrera hit an RBI double that score Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon. In the ninth, Victor Robles provided extra insurance with a two-run home run to secure the 7-4 victory and prevent the Mets from sweeping the Nationals, giving the team a little catharsis after Friday and Saturday's results.

The Nationals will return home for a six-game home stand, beginning with the Cincinnati Reds. Erick Fedde will open that series against Anthony DeSclafani. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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