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Bill Ladson

Werth keeps cool after getting plunked on arm

Hit by pitch follows Rendon's HR, leads to ejections of Colon, Collins

Werth keeps cool after getting plunked on arm

NEW YORK -- During the Nationals' 6-2 victory on Thursday night, Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon and manager Terry Collins were ejected after Jayson Werth was hit by a pitch on his left arm. It came immediately after Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer.

It was the second batter Colon hit in the game. In the first inning, he plunked Ian Desmond after Adam LaRoche's two-run shot.

Nationals manager Matt Williams was a teammate of Colon in the 1990s when both were with the Indians.

"I know Bartolo has fantastic control. ... I don't have an opinion one way or the other," Williams said. "All I know is [Colon] has exceptional control. We deal with it and move on."

Colon didn't think he did anything wrong and was surprised by the ejection.

"That was a two-seam fastball that moved inside to [Werth]. I was trying to pitch him inside. If it would have been a four-seam, it would have been a different story," Colon said.

Asked if Colon was trying to hit him, Werth said, "I don't know. It doesn't matter what I think. The umpire [John Tumpane] thought so. He hit Desi earlier in the game after a homer. He hit me right after. The home-plate umpire thought that was enough."

When a situation like that occurs, Werth realizes that the Nationals have a bigger goal to reach and that's to win the National League East. In fact, Werth never charged the mound.

"That goes without saying. I know the situation as good as anybody," Werth said. "We have a lot at stake this time of year. We don't have time for [stuff like that]."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.