The Nationals embarrassed the Mets at Citi Field last week. Well, the Mets returned the favor in soggy Washington Monday night.
The Nats reached Bartolo Colon for a run in the first inning after an hour and 10 minute rain delay, but the Mets took care of that in the third. With one out, Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch and Juan Lagares singled. David Wright then crushed a three-run homer to left to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker each singled, as did Asdrubal Cabrera to drive in a run. Eric Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to cap off the five-run inning.
The Mets roughed up Gio Gonzalez again in the fifth — Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker hit back-to-back solo homers to give the Mets a 7-1 lead. Cespedes now has 15 homers to lead all of baseball. His 36 RBIs lead the NL. Walker has 11 homers himself — not too shabby.
Bartolo Colon, after a poor start last week, threw seven fine innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Mets win 7-1, their fourth win in a row and are now just a half-game behind the Nationals for the lead in the NL East.