Wilson Ramos added to his reputation as a Met killer, going 2-3 on the afternoon with 4 RBI’s. Mets starter Zack Wheeler took the loss, dropping to 1-4 on the year, while Washington ace Jordan Zimmerman picked up the win, improving to 3-1.
Left fielder Eric Young Jr. led off, attempting to bunt his way on base. Young Jr. instead popped the pitch up. Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore charged the ball and made a diving catch in foul ground for the first out. Second baseman Daniel Murphy singled to right, and third baseman David Wright followed with a walk. Curtis Granderson grounded a hot shot to first base for the second out, and Murphy was thrown out trying to get back to third base, completing the double play. The Nationals failed to score in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the second, first baseman Lucas Duda led off with a shot to right, hitting a double off the top of the right field wall. Centerfielder Juan Lagares grounded out to second, but Duda moved over to third on the play. Shortstop Ruben Tejada then hit a ground ball to first for the second out. Catcher Juan Centeno grounded a ball past a diving Kevin Fransden at second, scoring Duda to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Zack Wheeler then grounded out to second to retire the side.
Shortstop Ian Desmond crushed a home run to left center to start the bottom half of the second, tying the game 1-1. Tyler Moore then flied out to right, second baseman Kyle Fransden grounded out to shortstop, and left fielder Nate McClouth struck out swinging to end the inning for Washington. The Mets did not score in the top of the third.
Pitcher Jordan Zimmerman struck out swinging to lead off the bottom of the third. Centerfielder Denard Span then grounded to short for the second out. Third baseman Anthony Rendon reached on an infield singled, and Jayson Werth reached on an error by Ruben Tejada who failed to backhand the ball in the hole at short.
Wilson Ramos then doubled into the gap in left center scoring both Rendon and Werth, allowing the Nationals to take a 3-1 lead. Ian Desmond then popped up to first to end the inning. Both teams were retired in order in the fourth inning and the Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.
Zimmerman singled up the middle to start the bottom of the fifth. Span then laced a double to right, moving the pitcher over to third, and Rendon walked to load the bases. Werth popped up to second for the first out, but Ramos then lined a single to left scoring both Zimmerman and the speedy Span extending the Nationals lead to 5-1. Desmond then grounded into a double play to end the inning.
In the top of the sixth David Wright singled to right to lead off, and Curtis Granderson followed with a walk. Lucas Duda then flied out to center, but Juan Lagares blooped a broken bat single over the leaping second baseman Kyle Fransden into centerfield, scoring Wright to trim Washington’s lead to 5-2. Ruben Tejada then skied a pop up to third base for the second out.
Juan Centeno then hit a ball off the pitcher’s mound into center field scoring Granderson and cutting the Nationals lead to 5-3. Lagares moved over to third, but Centeno was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play, retiring the side. Both teams went in order in their next at bats.
After pinch-hitting for Zack Wheeler in the top of the seventh, Chris Young stayed in as a defensive replacement for Eric Young Jr. in left, while Jeurys Familia entered in relief of Wheeler.
Infielder Zach Walters was called to pinch-hit for Drew Storen who had pitched the top of the seventh for Washington. Walters grounded out to second for the first out, and Denard Span flied to center for the second out. Anthony Rendon followed with a walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Juan Centeno. Jayson Werth then grounded out to second to end the inning. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.
Daisuke Matsuzaka relieved Jeurys Familia in the bottom of the eighth. Wilson Ramos led off with a walk, and advanced to second on a passed ball by Centeno. Ian Desmond then singled to right moving Ramos over to third. Tyler Moore then lined a bullet but it was right at David Wright who caught it for the first out. Kyle Fransden then grounded a ball to the hole at shortstop. Ruben Tejada made a diving stop and threw over to second for one out, but Daniel Murphy could not get the relay throw over to first in time. Fransden was safe at first, and Ramos scored, extending the Nationals lead to 6-3. Nate McClouth then struck out swinging to end the inning.
Nationals closer Rafael Soriano relieved Tyler Clippard who pitched a scoreless eighth for Washinton. The Mets were retired in order to end the game.
After an off day Monday, the Mets return home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night. Mets rookie pitcher Rafael Montero toes the rubber against veteran Josh Beckett for the Dodgers.
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