NY was below.500 as late as August 20 last season before going 26-13 down the stretch to earn a wild card berth. "But it's paid off. Put him in the two hole, got him up there a fifth time in the last inning". "Kind of scuffling out there today. And that's just everything he is, everything I've got, and let's compete". Gonzalez complied with Baker's directive on the manager's 68th birthday, tossing seven innings of two-run ball as he continued his dominance in Queens in Washington's 8-3 victory. "Enny, he threw lights out". Murphy doubled in the ninth off reliever Addison Reed and has safely reached base in all 29 games he's played against the Mets.
Washington hit three homers for the second straight game and turned four double plays - one day after spinning three behind ace Max Scherzer.
Jacob deGrom hit his first major league home run and shut down a bruising Washington lineup on three singles for eight dominant innings, giving the New York Mets a 5-1 win over the Nationals that avoided a. "We're having trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark", Collins said.
OF Michael Conforto had also strong day at the plate.
Wilmer Flores and Rene Rivera homered for the Mets. The game was tied at three entering the ninth, but Alex Avila singled off Tommy Hunter (0-2) with one out. With a win Sunday, Washington moves 12 1/2 games ahead of NY, matching the largest gap this season.
From Rotoworld: Ross struggled in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday, surrendering five runs on nine hits across 5 2/3 innings.
Strasburg couldn't figure out how to get Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce out as they went a combined 6 for 6 against him. Seth Lugo (1-0, 1.29) will make his first start at Citi Field this season against Stephen Strasburg (7-2, 3.27). The right-hander yielded just three hits and two walks while striking out six Mets hitters. He was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament late in spring training.
Jake Lamb followed Blanco's homer with a sacrifice fly as Arizona won its fifth straight.
NOTES: The Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley (right trapezius strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse. Now, things are never that easy for the Mets, but even taking three of four games would whittle the division deficit down to a manageable 6 1/2 games. The slugger has also dealt with quadriceps and heel issues recently, and his legs were tested several times Saturday following hours of heavy rain in the early afternoon before the game.
Harper lined a solo drive in the first inning that sailed about a dozen rows deep into the seats. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman RBI singles, along with a Rendon walk closed out the Nationals scoring.
deGrom lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.94, and collected his sixth win of the season vs three losses. He is the first Los Angeles pitcher to begin a season without a loss in 10 or more starts since Orel Hershiser began 1985 by staying unbeaten in 11 starts.
Even with DeGrom being the best healthy arm the Mets have right now, NY ahs shown us nothing to warrant being a favorite here.
Scherzer allowed four hits or fewer for the 10th time in 14 starts and reached double digits in strikeouts for the eighth time this season and the 57th time in his big league career.
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