NEW YORK — 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. Catcher Wilson Ramos threw out two runners who tried to steal second and lined an RBI single.
Werth has gone 10 for 18 during Washington’s winning streak with two homers and five doubles. He’s scored five runs and driven in five while raising his batting average to .328.
Werth homered in consecutive games for the fourth time this season. Before this year, he had done it only twice since joining the Nats in 2011.
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.
Zimmermann, Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright all started the day with 16 wins. Detroit’s Max Scherzer tops the majors with 19.
Relievers Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Soriano combined for four scoreless innings. Soriano reached 40 saves for his third team, having done it with Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees.
Werth hit his 23rd homer in the first and LaRoche led off the second with his 19th. Both homers sailed into the Party City Deck above the wall in left-center field, and LaRoche’s drive was caught on the fly by a fan wearing a Mets jersey.
Padres 8, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA — Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley each had three hits to back Andrew Cashner’s strong pitching in San Diego’s victory.
Gyorko, who entered in a 3-for-28 slide, scored three runs and drove in another. Headley added two RBIs for the Padres, who have won four straight and six of seven.
Cashner (9-8) earned his first victory since Aug. 2, throwing 7 2-3 masterful innings while limiting the Phillies to four hits and a walk. He matched a season high with seven strikeouts and retired his first 11 batters before giving up a double to Chase Utley.
Cashner had allowed just one run in his previous two outings but did not get a decision in either one.
Philadelphia had won three in a row.
The Padres, who had 13 hits, struck early with Headley’s RBI single in the first inning. They added three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Ronny Cedeno and a two-run double by Rene Rivera.
In the fifth, San Diego scored four runs on six singles, including five in a row to open the inning. Six hits in one inning tied a season high.
Cedeno and Kyle Blanks finished with two hits apiece.
Cody Asche hit his fifth home run in the fifth inning for the Phillies’ first run. The homer was Asche’s third in six games.
Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd (2-4) was not sharp in his first major league start in three weeks. The right-hander allowed seven runs and nine hits over four-plus innings. He struck out four and walked none.
Braves 4, Marlins 3
MIAMI — Julio Teheran, working on 10 days’ rest, overcame a rough first inning and pitched into the seventh to help the Braves to the victory.
Teheran (12-7) gave up three runs in the first, then none after that, and he left with a 4-3 lead. Luis Ayala came on to strike out Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded to end the seventh, and Craig Kimbrel pitched around a one-out double by Placido Polanco in the ninth for his major-league-leading 46th save in 49 chances.
Pinch-runner Jake Marisnick made the final out trying to advance to third when a pitch by Kimbrel got past catcher Brian McCann.
Atlanta went 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position, but Evan Gattis had his third straight two-RBI game.
Chris Johnson, who came into the game leading the NL in batting, drove in a run and had two singles for his 46th multi-hit game. His average rose to .330.
Braves right fielder Justin Upton left the game in the fourth inning with a bruised right knee after fouling a ball off it. His status is day to day.
With Atlanta enjoying a big lead in the NL East, manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to let Teheran skip a turn in the rotation. The rookie looked rusty at the outset but quickly settled down, allowing five hits in 6 2-3 innings.
One run scored against him when shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a poor throw to first trying to complete a double play that would have ended the first inning.
Teheran beat Miami for the second straight start, and Kimbrel pitched the ninth to convert his 36th consecutive save opportunity.
Stanton returned to the Marlins lineup after missing two games with a sore ankle, and he doubled home a run in the first. But Miami had only three hits after the opening inning.