The Nationals literally stole Friday night’s game at Citi Field from the Mets; once again, a team has taken advantage of Noah Syndergaard’s kryptonite.
The Nationals game plan was on display in the first — Trea Turner led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly.
They repeated the pattern in the fourth when Bryce Harper doubled, stole third and scored on a single.
Asdrubal Cabrera did it again in the bottom of the fourth. His solo home run, his sixth homer in the past eight games, cut the Nats lead to 2-1.
Syndergaard went seven solid innings, allowing two runs on just three hits, striking out four and walking one. He allowed four stolen bases bringing the total for the season to 45, by far the most in baseball (the second most is 26).
The Mets offense, meanwhile, managed just three hits over six innings against starter A.J. Cole. They got runners to first and second with two outs in the seventh off of Marc Rzepczynski, but rookie Koda Glover came in and struck out Jose Reyes to end the inning.
The Nats scored two big runs in the ninth to make it a 4-1 game.
And that’s how it ended. Good news, though — the Cardinals, Pirates and Marlins all lost also, so things remain status quo in the race for the second Wild Card; Mets two games back.