Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Nationals snapped their six-game losing streak with a replacement starter.
Now, they might lose him as well.
Yunesky Maya got the start after fellow right-hander Jason Marquis was traded to Arizona earlier Saturday and threw 5 1/3 shutout innings for his first MLB win as Washington blanked the New York Mets, 3-0.
Maya (1-1) allowed just five hits, without any strikeouts or walks, but he strained his back running the bases and was taken out with two runners on in the sixth.
“I imagine he’ll have to go on the [disabled list],” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
Maya was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, joining the Nationals for the second time this season. He entered the game 0-4 with a 6.31 earned run average in nine major league starts over two seasons with the Nationals.
Pitching to contact, Maya had little trouble with a streaking Mets offense, throwing 52 of his 78 pitches for strikes. He set New York down in order in the first two innings.
“He went right after them,” Johnson said.
The Mets showed life in the ninth against Storen, who walked Wright and gave up singles to Bay and Thole to load the bases. He struck out pinch-hitter Willie Harris to end the game.
The Mets were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base…Marquis was 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 20 starts for the Nationals this season.