Coming into Tuesday night’s game, the Nationals had beaten the Mets in 13 of their 16 meetings. So it should come as no surprise that the Nats beat the Mets yet again.
It was a scoreless game until the fifth when Wilmer Flores and Kirk Nieuwenhuis each doubled to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
But the Nationals got the run back, and then some, in the bottom of the inning. Kevin Frandsen led off with an infield single — Lucas Duda made a nice diving stop but Bartolo Colon failed to cover first. It would prove costly. After being sacrificed to second, Frandsen scored on a double by Michael Taylor. With two outs Jayson Werth walked and then Mets killer Adam LaRoche homered to deep right to give the Nationals a 4-1 lead. It was LaRoche’s sixth home run against the Mets this season.
With one out in the seventh Flores singled. Curtis Granderson doubled to chase Tanner Roark from the game. Ross Detwiler came on and promptly walked pinch hitter Eric Campbell to load the bases. Ruben Tejada hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-2 game. Aaron Barrett entered the game and walked pinch hitter Bobby Abreu (who was actually pinch hitting for pinch hitter Josh Satin). Yet another pitching change and pinch hitter — Jerry Blevins got Anthony Recker on a pop out to end the inning.
Colon went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He struck out four and uncharacteristically walked three batters, only the second time this season he has walked three. Colon’s record fell to 14-13 and his ERA rose to 4.08.
With one out in the eighth Travis d’Arnaud hit a ball to the wall in left. Bryce Harper went back and was prepared to jump, but the ball was not hit that high. Harper totally missed the ball and it hit the wall. d’Arnaud ended up on third on what was originally ruled an error but changed to a triple. Duda then hit a sinking liner to shallow left. He made a nice play and d’Arnaud held at third. Flores struck out and the score remained 4-2.
And that’s how it would end. It was the Mets 81st loss of the season. So they have to run the table, winning their final five games, to finish .500. Ain’t gonna happen.