Washington, D.C.-The New York Mets knew they needed to win today's game against the Washington Nationals in the worst way. Manager Terry Collins knew the stakes were high and managed like it was a postseason contest. The Mets (54-61) had their hearts broken, however, as Bryce Harper's homer in the bottom of the 13th inning lifted the Nationals (62-51) to a 5-3 win.
The Nationals grabbed an early lead in the bottom of the second inning when shortstop Ian Desmond hit a two run homer off Mets' starter Jacob deGrom. Desmond's 18th homer of the year gave the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Mets got a run back in the top of the third on an RBI double from Daniel Murphy, making it a 2-1 lead for Washington. Desmond added an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to put Washington up 3-1. It would be all the damage against deGrom, who had his worst outing in a while by allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings.
The Mets were able to generate some offense in the top of the seventh. The Mets got two men on with one out to chase Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmermann, who was relieved by Drew Storen. Storen immediately threw a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third. Eric Young Jr then delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and an RBI single from Curtis Granderson tied the game at three.
The Nationals threatened by getting runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings, but the Mets' bullpen was able to get out of that jam. The Mets and Nationals both missed additional chances in extra innings, leading to a tie in the bottom of the 13th inning. Carlos Torres entered in the 13th for the Mets after closer Jenrry Mejia could only go one inning. Torres (L, 5-5) walked Desmond to lead off the inning before surrendering the game winning homer to Harper (4).
The loss was a brutal one for the Mets, who needed to win this series in the absolute worst way. The Mets had plenty of opportunities to try and win this game, but they left eight men on base and blew a couple of good scoring opportunities throughout the contest. The Mets will have to rebound quickly with a four game series against last place Philadelphia looming, and they have to try and avoid having this loss carry over into the Phillies series with them.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper, who went 2 for 6 and hit the game winning home run in the bottom of the 13th inning.
Post Game Notes:
- Craig Stammen (W, 2-4) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win for Washington.
- Daniel Murphy was the Mets' best offensive player, going 3 for 6 with an RBI. The rest of the team went a combined 6 for 40.
- The Mets are now 2-7 against the Nationals so far this season.
- The Mets have lost consecutive series for the first time since their road trip to Pittsburgh and Atlanta at the end of June.
- Five Nationals' players recorded multiple hits on the afternoon, headlined by a 4 for 6 afternoon from Denard Span.
The Mets will look to bounce back tomorrow night as they open a four game wraparound series with the last place Philadelphia Phillies (51-63). Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12 ERA) and A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16 ERA) will square off for the second time in 10 days in the pitching matchup. First pitch at Citizens' Bank Park is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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