WASHINGTON (WUSA) - Starting pitcher Mat Latos hit a solo home run and Antony Rendon added a three-run shot as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 8-1 on Monday.
Latos had a solid first start with the Nationals, but left the game with one out in the fifth inning when he appeared to injure his right leg.
The 28-year-old signed a minor league deal with Washington in June after the Chicago White Sox released him.
In his first big league start since June 7, Latos allowed three hits and one run with three walks and four strikeouts as the Nationals earned their fourth straight win. Reynaldo Lopez (3-3) was among three relievers to combine for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Nationals increased their lead over the Mets to 10 games in the Nationals League East - matching their largest cushion of the season - and reduced their magic number to nine to clinch their third division title in five years.
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