New York Mets

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Pitcher Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets celebrates after the Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 4-1 at Nationals Park on May 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Taijuan Walker was dealing on the mound, and Matt Canha was grooving with the bat as the Mets won their 9th series this season in a series clinching victory over the Washington Nationals 4-1 at Nationals Park, Thursday afternoon.

Walker, whose first three starts of this season have all come against the Philadelphia Phillies, enjoyed himself against the last place Nationals, shutting them down over seven innings of three-hit ball. In so doing, Walker earned his first victory of the season, and lowered his ERA from 4.91 to 3.00.

Meanwhile Mets outfielder Matt Canha had easily one of his best days since joining the Mets. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

“We have a hitter of the day. We give the award out when we come in,” Canha said. “Today it was me, and then, what’s cool about this team is, I feel like, I’m pretty sure all our hitters have won the award at some point this year. … Someone always is the hero, and that’s been the coolest part of this year.”

Canha’s two-run single scored Francisco Lindor and Brandon Nimmo to give the Mets a first inning 2-0 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. Canha would later score on a Tomas Nido base hit in the fourth inning to make it 3-0.

The former Oakland A capped off his huge afternoon with a solo home run in the top of the ninth to make it 4-0 ballgame.

Juan Soto would get a run back for the Nationals with a solo shot of his own off closer Edwin Diaz, who struck out a pair, but didn’t get a save since he entered the ball game with a four-run lead.

The Mets (22-11) head home to face the Seattle Mariners at Citi Field this weekend. It is the first time the Mariners have ever played at Citi Field since it opened in 2009. The last time the Mets hosted the Mariners in Queens, the series was played at Shea Stadium in 2008. The two interleague opponents haven’t faced one another since 2017. It will be the first time Diaz, the former Mariners closer acquired in a trade with Robinson Cano for Jared Kelenic back in 2018, will face his old team.