Ronny Cedeno

Detwiler delivers 5 dominant innings as Nats beat Mets 6-2

— On Tuesday night, under a starless sky at Citi Field, Ross Detwiler pitched exactly the way the Washington Nationals envisioned he would in 2007 when they drafted a beanpole left-hander out of Missouri State with the sixth pick. Five years later, and one week after the Nationals made him part of their rotation to start the season, Detwiler had arrived.

With five overpowering innings in a 6-2 Nationals victory, Detwiler handed the New York Mets their first loss and validated the Nationals' decision to include him in their starting rotation. He tossed five scoreless innings, retiring the final 10 hitters he faced and letting three balls escape the infield. He allowed two hits...