NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Werth kept up his power surge with a home run and two doubles, leading the charging Washington Nationals past the New York Mets 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Jordan Zimmermann wound up with his NL-leading 17th victory and Rafael Soriano closed for his 40th save as Washington tries to make a late playoff push.
The Nationals have won six of seven, and have 18 games left this season. They began the day seven games behind Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card spot.
Adam LaRoche and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston also homered and Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 21 games.
Zimmermann (17-8) topped the Mets for the first time in five starts this season. He gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.