|Duffy: 1 hit over 6|
Yes, Danny Duffy, who went 4-8 with a 5.64 ERA in 20 starts as a rookie last season for the Royals, but got his 2012 campaign off to a flying start with a one-hit effort over six innings Tuesday night.
Duffy yielded four walks and struck out eight in the rain-shortened, eight-inning, 3-0 victory over the A's. The only Oakland hit off Duffy occurred in the third inning, when Chad Pennington doubled to the gap in right center, but was promptly picked off by the alert starter.
The Royals scored two runs in the top of the fourth, and added another on Mitch Maier's bases-empty blast, his first homer of the season.
The entire game was played in the midst of a steady drizzle, but when Eric Hosmer struck out in the top of the eighth during a downpour, umpires halted play and eventually called the game.
Reliever Aaron Crow replaced Duffy in the seventh and put down the A's in order for his first major league save.
But, that was as far as the Mets would go, as the side-winding lefty got the next three batters with a pair of Ks and a pop foul. After that, Detwiler, a 6'5" hurler, was lights out, eventually putting down 15 of 16 batters following the leadoff hits in the first, the only blemish a harmless, second inning, two-out walk.
Detwiler lasted only five innings, but picked up his first win of the season while sending the Mets to their first loss after four wins, fanning six and allowing only two hits.
Jayson Werth broke out of a season-starting slump with four hits in five at-bats - a double and three singles - scoring once and driving in a pair, helping the Nationals pad their lead with three runs and in the sixth and single scores in the seventh and eighth for the 6-2 win.
The 3-2 Nationals are a game back of the Mets, with a chance to tie for the NL East lead when the two teams square off Wednesday afternoon (1:10 pm EDT) at Citi Field in New York. Washington's Steven Strassberg and the Mets' Johan Santana are scheduled to start.