Washington, D.C.-The New York Mets got a bit of social media buzz on Friday as a result of their own stubbornness. The Mets sent out their lineup and it didn't include Juan Lagares for the third consecutive day. Lagares, whose Gold Glove caliber defense has helped the Mets win games since his debut last season, got a lot of support on Twitter as angry Mets fans tweeted #FreeLagares to get their point across. Lagares was freed for today's game and he made a huge impact, hitting a home run and robbing one as well as the Mets (20-22) defeated the Washington Nationals (22-20) 5-2.
The Mets jumped all over Nationals' starter Gio Gonzalez (L, 3-4) in the top of the first inning. After Gonzalez got the first out of the game, the Mets loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Eric Campbell got the Mets on the board with a two run single, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. The next man up was Lagares, who singled to bring Chris Young home and give the visitors a 3-0 lead. Lagares wasn't done yet, however, delivering a two run homer off of Gonzalez in the third inning. Lagares' third home run of the year gave the Mets a 5-0 lead.
That lead would be plenty for Bartolo Colon (W, 3-5). Colon went eight innings for the Mets, allowing only two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five. The Nats' only runs came in the fourth inning when Ian Desmond hit a two run homer off of Colon, cutting the Mets' lead to 5-2. Jayson Werth looked like he was about to add a home run of his own in the top of the sixth, but Lagares robbed him of a bomb by making a leaping catch at the wall. It was fitting payback for the Mets, who lost last night when Werth robbed Daniel Murphy of a game tying home run in the top of the ninth inning.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' outfielder Juan Lagares, who went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI's. Lagares also showed his defensive value by robbing a home run, making an emphatic statement with his play. Lagares' effort states a very clear case for more at bats going forward.
Post Game Notes:
- Jenrry Mejia worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.
- Campbell, Lagares, and Daniel Murphy each collected two hits for the Mets.
- Desmond collected two hits for Washington, which only got six on the day.
- The Mets snapped a three game losing streak and recorded their first win over the Nationals on the year.
The Mets and Nationals will look to win the rubber game tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 pm. Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA) and Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59 ERA) will be the starting pitchers.
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