Nationals Make Franchise History in Series Sweep Of Mets

The Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the Mets on Thursday in a 4-1 victory, taking a six-game lead over the Braves in the NL East with roughly 40 games remaining in the regular season.

In defeating New York (which included a rare Stephen Strasburg road win), Washington set a franchise record.

The Nationals have now won 11 straight games at Citi Field, their longest-ever road winning streak against a single opponent. The previous record of 10 as the Expos came against the Cubs from 1982 to 1983. Washington has outscored New York 74-21 during the streak. 

Meanwhile, the 11th straight loss to the Nationals at home was also a franchise record for the Mets, overtaking their 10-game skid against the Braves at Shea Stadium from 1991 to 1992.

There have been significantly longer losing streaks of this particular kind in recent history; Toronto snapped a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium last month and the Rays lost 18 straight in Cleveland from 2005 to 2010.

Yet the Nationals have four more games in New York from Sept. 11 to 14, and four more victories at that time could realistically solidify a division title and playoff berth.

In the mean time, the Nationals return to Washington for a 10-game homestand beginning Friday against the Pirates.

"We played really well here," manager Matt Williams told reporters in New York. "Now we've got to go do it at home."

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