In his first start since Tuesday night, Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares flourished, going 2-4 at the plate with 3 RBI’s including a home run. Lagares also took away a home run from Nationals right fielder, Jayson Werth in the bottom of the sixth.
Left fielder Eric Young Jr. struck out swinging for the first out of the game. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then singled to right center and third baseman David Wright reached on an infield single to second. Right fielder Chris Young followed with a walk to load the bases for first baseman Eric Campbell. Campbell lined a single to center that scored both Murphy and Wright to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.
Lagares then laced a single to right that brought in Chris Young making it 3-0 New York. Catcher Anthony Recker flied out to right for the second out, but shortstop Wilmer Flores walked to load the bases again. Pitcher Bartolo Colon flied out to right retiring the side. The Nationals were retired in order in the bottom of the first. The Mets were retired in order in the top of the second inning and the Nationals failed to score in the bottom of the second.
After Chris Young flied out to center to start the top of the third, Eric Campbell singled to left. Juan Lagares then smacked a ball over the fence in left center for a two run shot to put the Mets up 5-0. Anthony Recker then struck out swinging and Wilmer Flores struck out looking to retire the side. Gio Gonzalez was then pulled from the game, the lefty veteran pitched only lasted three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. The Nationals failed to score in the bottom of the third and the Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth.
Right fielder Jayson Werth walked to lead off the bottom of fourth. Catcher Wilson Ramos lined out to right, but shortstop Ian Desmond pulled a ball over the fence in left field to put Washington on the board, cutting the Mets lead to 5-2. Second baseman Danny Espinosa then lined a ball, but it was right at Bartolo Colon who caught it for the second out. First baseman Tyler Moore struck out looking to end the inning. The Mets were retired in order in the top of the fifth, and both Washington and New York failed to bring in a run in their next turns at bat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jayson Werth led off by crushing a ball to dead center that Juan Lagares ran down, made a leaping grab over the wall to rob Werth of a home run. Wilson Ramos then grounded out to second and Ian Desmond flied out to right to end the inning.
Eric Young Jr. flied out to left leading off the top of the seventh, but Daniel Murphy followed with a walk. David Wright then reached on an error by Tyler Moore, allowing Murphy to advance to third. Chris Young then flied out to right, but Wright moved over to second on the play. Eric Campbell then grounded out to second to end the scoring threat. Both teams went 1-2-3 in their next at-bats, while the Nationals failed to score in the bottom of the eighth.
Infielder Ruben Tejada was called to pinch-hit for Bartolo Colon to lead off the top of the ninth. Tejada struck out looking, and Eric Young Jr. popped up to second while Daniel Murphy grounded out to shortstop to retire the side. Colon pitched eight masterful innings allowing just two runs on five hits, striking out five batters while walking just one.
Tejada stayed in the game as a defensive replacement for Wilmer Flores, and closer Jenrry Mejia entered to shut the door on the Nationals. Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth with a single up the middle. Wilson Ramos then struck out swinging, Ian Desmond grounded into a fielder’s choice and Werth was forced out at second base. Danny Espinosa struck out swinging to end the game, as Mejia picked up his first career save.
Bartolo Colon picked up the win for the Mets, improving his record to 3-5 on the season. Gio Gonzalez took the loss dropping his record to 3-4. The two teams square off in the rubber game tomorrow afternoon when Zack Wheeler takes the mound for the Mets against Jordan Zimmerman for Washington.
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