Cabrera and Soto power Nationals to 16-4 rout of Matz, Mets
NEW YORK — Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs, tormenting his former team again as the Washington Nationals routed the New York Mets 16-4 on Monday night.
Juan Soto and Trea Turner went deep in the third inning for the Nationals, who scored just 11 runs in their previous five games — including Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, which was suspended in the sixth with Washington trailing 5-2.
Cabrera, who played in 374 games for the Mets from 2016-18, homered for the Nationals' first run, doubled leading off the fourth, laced a two-run double in the fifth and hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
Cabrera is batting .452 (14 for 31) with three homers and 11 RBIs in eight games against the Mets since the Nationals signed him on Aug. 6, 2019.
Soto's RBI double produced the first run of a seven-run fifth, which was the Nationals' biggest inning since a nine-run second against Cleveland last Sept. 28. Howie Kendrick, Yan Gomes and Turner all had RBI singles in the fifth, and Josh Harrison delivered a sacrifice fly.
Gomes drew a bases-loaded walk and Michael A. Taylor had an RBI single in the sixth for the Nationals, who scored their most runs since a 16-8 win over Milwaukee last Aug. 18. Washington's 17 hits were its most since a 17-hit outburst against Atlanta last Sept. 8.
Soto, whose homer was measured at a career-long 463 feet, also doubled and singled before exiting in the sixth.
Patrick Corbin (2-0) cruised to the win and allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings.
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Steven Matz (0-3) was hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, the most earned runs he's allowed in a start.
Mets reserve infielder Luis Guillorme made his major league pitching debut and tossed a perfect ninth inning.
Jeff McNeil had three hits for the Mets. J.D. Davis' hitting streak was snapped at a career-high 13 games, though he scored New York's first run on a sixth-inning throwing error by Corbin. Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso each had an RBI single.
The Mets gave up their most runs since a 25-4 loss at Washington on July 31, 2018. It matched a 16-1 loss to Philadelphia in September 2012 for the most runs they’ve allowed at Citi Field, which opened in 2009.