The New York Mets (62-73) failed to complete a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals (69-67) Sunday night with a 6-5 loss at Nationals Park. The Mets led the ballgame for most of the evening, holding a 5-2 lead going into the the home half of the seventh inning but the bullpen made the lead evaporate, as the Nationals battled back for the victory.
- Daniel Murphy got the Mets off to an early lead in the first with an RBI double that scored Eric Young Jr. It was the first of two RBI hits for Murphy on the night, who also drove in Jonathon Niese in the fifth with a single, for his 79th run batted in of the year. Murphy finished the night 2-for-5.
- Lucas Duda also had an RBI single in the first, driving home Murphy to put the Mets up 2-0. The Mets new first baseman also drove home Young in the seventh which put the Mets up 5-2 at the time.
- Matt den Dekker belted his first homer of his MLB career, a solo shot, in the second inning.
- Nationals starter Ross Ohlendorf went five innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on nine hits for a no-decison.
- Jonathon Niese also did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs (both earned) on ten hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
- The Nationals chipped away at the Met leads all night with RBI singles from Tyler Moore in the second, former Met Scott Hairston in the fourth, and Wilson Ramos in the seventh.
- Scott Rice started the eighth for the Mets, allowing back-to-back singles to start the inning from Hairston and Denard Span. After they were sacrificed into scoring position by Bryce Harper, Gonzalez Germen (L, 1-2) was called upon to escape the jam. He got an RBI groundout from Anthony Rendon that made the game 5-4, then allowed an RBI single to Ryan Zimmerman that tied the game and a RBI double to Jayson Werth that put the Nationals ahead by one.
- Rafael Soriano (SV, 36) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Young and Josh Satin to end the ballgame. Erik Davis (W, 1-0) picked up the win in relief after allowing one hit and striking out two batters himself in the eighth.
Player of the Game
- Ryan Zimmerman led the Nationals with three hits in five at-bats Sunday night, including the game tying hit and scored the eventual game winning run.
What's on Deck
- The Mets now head to Turner Field to take on the Atlanta Braves in Labor Day afternoon baseball. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 8.68) takes on Paul Maholm (9-10, 4.37) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM.
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