2/28/2013 10:06 P.M. ET
Montero impresses in matchup with Strasburg
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
VIERA, Fla. -- Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg was solid in his second start of the spring as the Nationals and Mets played to a 4-4, 10-inning tie at Space Coast Stadium on Thursday night.
It was a game that went back and forth. Strasburg pitched three innings, allowed one run on three hits, struck out six batters and walked one. The Nationals ace got off to a slow start in the first inning. The Mets had runners on first and third with no outs when Mike Baxter hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Tyler Moore, scoring Jordany Valdespin and making it a 1-0 game.
With Rafael Montero on the mound for New York, Anthony Rendon doubled to right field, scoring Danny Espinosa and tying the score at 1 in the second inning. Making his Grapefruit League debut, Montero allowed just that run on three hits in two innings.
Right-hander Brandon Lyon was on the mound when Washington played small ball to take the lead an inning later. After he led off and walked in the third, Denard Span stole second and third base before scoring on a groundout by Jayson Werth.
However, Nationals left-handed Zach Duke couldn't hold on to the lead. An error by shortstop Ian Desmond allowed Travis d'Arnaud to reach second base after he singled with one out. d'Arnaud then scored on a double by Omar Quintanilla to make it 2-2.
Mets left-hander Josh Edgin was on the mound when the Nationals took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. Desmond scored on a groundout by Rendon, who leads the Nationals with five RBIs
But the Mets kept fighting back against Yunesky Maya, as d'Arnaud scored on a single by Brian Bixler.
Elvin Ramirez was on the mound for the Mets when the Nats took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Matt Skole walked, forcing home Chris Marrero.
Maya would allow the Mets to score the tying run in the next inning. He threw a wild pitch allowing Matt den Dekker to score.
Up next: David Wright will make his final exhibition appearance before departing for the World Baseball Classic, starting at third base on Friday in the Mets' 1:10 p.m. ET game against the Tigers at Tradition Field. Wright is scheduled to leave the following day for Arizona, where he will join Team USA for workouts. Friday's game will also pit Tigers ace Justin Verlander against Jon Niese.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.