Matz Shuts Out Nationals, Mets Win 2-0

Bryce Harper was used as a pinch hitter on a "mental day off"

Steven Matz pitched a career-high eight innings to win his seventh consecutive start and help the New York Mets defeat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday.

Matz (7-1) has a 1.13 ERA over his winning streak, not allowing a run in four of those starts.

David Wright hit his sixth homer of the season in the first and Rene Rivera singled in a run in the seventh to help New York take the decider of a three-game set.

Jeurys Familia worked out of trouble in the ninth for his 16th save.

Tanner Roark (3-4) allowed two runs - one earned - over seven innings for Washington.

In a game when Nationals manager Dusty Baker used slumping slugger Bryce Harper as a pinch hitter on a "mental day off," Washington got only one runner into scoring position before the ninth.

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