Travis d’Arnaud hit two home runs Friday night in Washington, teeing off on Max Scherzer as the Mets snapped their six-game losing streak. But it wasn’t easy, as the Mets had to hold off a late surge by the Nationals.
d’Arnaud’s two-run homer in the second was a rocket to left that gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. At an estimated 455 feet, it was the longest Mets homer on the season.
But Jacob deGrom gave the runs back, and then some, in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Zimmerman led off the inning with a homer, and later, Matt Wieters hit a two-run job to give the Nationals the lead.
But d’Arnaud came through again in the fourth with a three-run home run. He now has 15 RBIs on the season, the exact total he had all of last year,
deGrom settled down after his shaky second, going seven innings, allowing just the three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out 12 — the third straight game he has struck out at least ten batters.
The Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. Pinch hitter Kevin Plawecki singled through the drawn-in infield to make it 6-3. With the bases still loaded, Michael Conforto walked to force in a run to make it 7-3. Next was Asdrubal Cabrera — he grounded into a double play. With runners on second and third Jay Bruce grounded out to end the inning.
But the Nats were not done. With one on and two outs in the eighth, Terry Collins brought in Addison Reed, not taking any chances with a six-game losing streak and the four-run lead. But on his first pitch, Zimmerman hit another home run to cut the lead to 7-5. Daniel Murphy followed with a single,l as did Anthony Rendon, who could not handle a hot shot to third. With runners in first and third, Jayson Werth struck out to end the threat.
Jeurys Familia came on for his first save opportunity and promptly allowed two singles to put runners on first and third with no outs. Adam Eaton legged out an infield hit to load the bases. Eaton injured his leg on the play and had to be helped off the field. Jeurys Familia struck out Trea Turner for the first out. Terry Collins then with the surprise hook, bringing in the lefty Josh Edgin to face Bryce Harper. He grounded back to the pitcher, and Edgin started the double play.
Mets win 7-5 on a risky move by Collins that worked perfectly.