Lately whenever Jacob deGrom pitches for the Mets, they win. Not Thursday afternoon, though, as the Mets lost to the Nationals in 13 innings.
Adam LaRoche led off the second inning with a double and Ian Desmond followed with a homer to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead.
deGrom helped get the run back in the top of the third. He led off with a single and later scored on a Daniel Murphy double to cut the lead in half.
It was Desmond again in the third with an RBI single to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead.
But the Mets showed some fight, tying the game in the seventh inning. Wilmer Flores led off with a single. With one out Kirk Nieuwenhuis, celebrating his 27th birthday, pinch hit for deGrom and came through with a single. A wild pitch moved runners to second and third. Eric Young hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2 and Curtis Granderson singled to plate Nieuwenhuis to tie the game at three.
So the runs took deGrom off the hook. He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked one. The no-decision ends a streak of wins in five straight starts for deGrom.
It was on to extra innings. The Nats got runners to second and third with two outs in the 12th against Jenrry Mejia but he was able to strike out LaRoche (complete with a close play at first after Anthony Recker did not catch the third strike) to end the inning.
Bryce Harper ended the game in the bottom of the 13th with a two-run home run off of Carlos Torres.
Mets lose 5-3 and drop the series to the Nationals.