The Mets completed the sweep of the Nationals Sunday night and are now tied for the lead in the National League East.
Noah Syndergaard got the start and ran into some trouble early, allowing a solo home run to Anthony Rendon in the first inning. It would be the last hit Syndergaard allowed until the fifth inning.
Meantime, the Mets went homer happy in the third. Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot and Daniel Murphy followed with a solo home run. Yoenis Cespedes then got his first hit as a Met, and smoking hot Lucas Duda brought him home with yet another home run and just like that, they led 5-1. Duda now has nine homers in his last eight games and 21 on the season.
Yunel Escobar hit a solo homer in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-2.
Syndergaard went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He upped his record to 6-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.66.
Tyler Clippard came on for the ninth and picked up his first save as a Met as they win 5-2 and have a part of first place for the first time since June 19th.