The Mets dropped the rubber game of their series with the Nationals Sunday in Washington.
Lucas Duda led off the second inning with a double and later came around to score on a Juan Centeno single.
But the Nationals tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Ian Desmond led off the inning against Zack Wheeler with a home run.
With a man on first with two outs in the third, Jayson Werth hit a grounder to deep short. Ruben Tejada tried to backhand it but he dropped the ball. With the inning continuing on the error, Wilson Ramos hit a missile to left to plate two runs to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead.
The Nationals loaded the bases in the fifth and then it was Ramos again with a single to score two more runs to extend the Nats lead to 5-1.
But the Mets got those two runs back in the top of the sixth. David Wright led off with a single. Curtis Granderson walked and with one out Juan Lagares singled to plate Wright. After Tejada popped out, Centeno singled to score Granderson to make it a 5-3 game. But Centeno was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double to end the inning.
Wheeler was done after six innings. He threw only 89 pitches but he just did not have it. He allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits. He struck out five and walked two.
The Nationals tacked on a run in the eighth to beat the Mets 6-3.