FLUSHING, N.Y. - As the rain continues to fall, the Nationals and Mets continue to play.
We're heading to extra innings, tied 2-2.
A combination of Michael Gonzalez, Ryan Mattheus and Tom Gorzelanny held the Mets scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings, and we go to the 10th at Citi Field.
Gorzelanny allowed a two-out double to Daniel Murphy in the ninth, but was able to retire Jason Bay on a grounder to third to end the inning. Ryan Zimmerman made a sparkling play on Bay's ground ball, ranging far to his left, spinning and gunning an accurate throw to first to get the Mets' left fielder.
The Nats are 6-6 in extra-inning games this season.
Meanwhile, down on the farm, Jayson Werth went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse.
Chad Tracy went 1-for-3 with Syracuse, while Chien-Ming Wang delivered a stellar outing at Double-A Harrisburg, going 6 1/3 scoreless innings.
Wang allowed just two hits and struck out six.
Now that's more like it.
Update: The Nationals didn't have a single hit from innings two through eight.
They have five hits and six runs in the 10th inning. Now that's more like it.
Up with one out, Bryce Harper broke a 2-2 tie with a bases-loaded single to right, which brought in Sandy Leon. Then the Nats hammered the Mets into the ground.
Zimmerman crushed a 1-2 fastball from Pedro Beato to deep center, clearing the bases and giving the Nats a 6-2 lead. Michael Morse followed by demolishing a ball to center for his sixth homer of the season. The two-run shot made it 8-2 Nationals.
With the exception of Harper's first-inning home run, it took a while for the Nationals' offense to come around tonight. But better late than never, I guess.
Update II: It's a final. With the Braves' loss tonight and the Nationals' 8-2 win, the Nats are now back to 4 1/2 games up in the NL East.