NEW YORK – Michael Taylor’s parents planned to come see him this weekend, so they missed his smashing start. At least the rookie had a proud souvenir to show them — barely.
Taylor homered in his big league debut, setting off a silly sequence to retrieve the keepsake, and the Washington Nationals backed Doug Fister with four long shots Tuesday in a 7-1 romp over the New York Mets.
“Definitely better than I imagined,” Taylor said, his cellphone buzzing every few seconds with happy messages.
Bryce Harper homered early, then Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond and Taylor connected in the sixth inning as the NL East leaders won their ninth straight at Citi Field.
Promoted from Triple-A over the weekend, Taylor singled in his first at-bat and later hit a two-run drive the opposite way at one of the majors’ most spacious parks.
A ball boy ran out to right field to pick up Taylor’s home run ball, but mistakenly tossed it to a young fan in the stands. Alerted to his error, the ball boy and a couple of security guards quickly worked out a trade of another ball to reclaim the prize.
Taylor said he heard about the scramble, but didn’t see it. He admitted he was “kind of numb” standing at first base after his first hit, and was “just trying to breathe and relax and enjoy it” after his home run.
Taylor finished 2-for-4. The 23-year-old outfielder hit a combined .315 with 22 homers and 35 stolen bases in the minors this season, almost all of it at Double-A.
Fister (12-3) pitched seven shutout innings. He gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out three.
Dodgers 4, Braves 2
In Atlanta, Dan Haren pitched six solid innings and sparked Los Angeles’ comeback with a single.
Cubs 3, Brewers 0
In Chicago, rookie Kyle Hendricks allowed six hits over 7⅓ innings in his third consecutive win as the Cubs cooled off Wily Peralta and Milwaukee.
Marlins 3, Cardinals 0
In Miami, Jarred Cosart pitched seven innings in a duel with Adam Wainwright to earn his first victory for the Marlins.
Padres 4, Rockies 1
In San Diego, Odrisamer Despaigne pitched five-hit ball for seven innings.
Red Sox 3, Reds 2
In Cincinnati, Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting Boston to a win over the Reds.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara allowed one hit in the ninth to earn his 26th save.
Pirates 4, Tigers 2
In Pittsburgh, Edinson Volquez allowed two runs over six innings as the Pirates jumped on Detroit.
White Sox 3, Giants 2 (10)
In San Francisco, Gordon Beckham hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th and Chicago beat the Giants.