The Mets lost their third straight game Friday night, to the Nationals in D.C., a game that ended with a home run-stealing catch that would have tied the game. But hey, at least the Mets scored a couple of runs after being shut out in two consecutive games.
Jonathon Niese got off to a rough start. Denard Span led off with a single. Anthony Rendon hit a grounder to Wright, who could not handle it. The error put runners on first and second. Jayson Werth singled to score Span to make it 1-0. The throw from Eric Young went over the head of the cutoff man and the runners advanced to second and third. That was key because Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly to score Rendon and make it 2-0. Niese walked Ian Desmond and Scott Hairston singled to load the bases. Tyler Moore hit a grounder to second to score Werth and make it 3-0. Then the Nationals stupidly ran themselves out of the inning. Moore took off from first and got into a rundown. Desmond tried to sneak home but Daniel Murphy was on top of it, eventually getting thrown out in a rundown of his own to end the inning.
Hairston’s two-out RBI double in the third made it 4-0. Moore singled to score Hairston to extend the lead to 5-0.
Lucas Duda led off the fifth with a single and Anthony Recker doubled off the wall in left to put runners on second and third. Ruben Tejada grounded out to plate Duda to make it a 5-1 game. Chris Young pinch hit for Niese. He fouled out. Eric Young then hit a ball to deep left that Hairston misplayed. It went over his head for an RBI double to cut the deficit to 5-2. Murphy walked but Wright popped out to end the inning.
Niese went four innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out two and walked two in his worst outing of the season.
A two-out single and a wild pitch by Jose Valverde put Greg Dobbs on second in the bottom of the seventh. Moore singled to left. Eric Young came up throwing. The throw was a bit up the line so Recker had to reach for it, then he lunged to tag Dobbs just before he reached the plate.
Murphy singled to lead off the eighth. Wright struck out and Granderson grounded into a fielder’s choice on a really nice play by Desmond. Bobby Abreu walked, so Duda came up as the potential tying run. He flied out to center to end the inning.
Rafael Soriano walked pinch hitter Juan Lagares, who inexplicably was not starting for a third straight game, and Eric Young with two outs in the ninth. Murphy then launched a shot to right. Werth ran to the wall and jumped, taking a three-run homer away from Murphy and ending the game.
Mets lose 5-2.