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Final Score: Nationals 2, Mets 1 — Splittin' ain't easy

The Mets outscored the Nationals 12 to 2 during today's doubleheader, but Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off home run tonight in game two clinched a doubleheader split.

Greg Fiume

The Mets lost game two of their day-night doubleheader with the Nationals as Ryan Zimmerman hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off LaTroy Hawkins to give the Nats a 2-1 victory. It would have been nice to sweep the double dip but considering this afternoon's offensive explosion, Jenrry Mejia's fine start, and Matt Harvey's customary awesome start tonight, it's tough to get overly upset about tonight's result. It's been a good day.

Harvey needed just 99 pitches to make it through eight innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits, while striking out seven and walking one. By game score, it was his sixth-best start of the season. That's right, eight innings and no earned runs allowed is sixth best. We're spoiled. The run he allowed came courtesy of a throwing error by Daniel Murphy in the fifth inning that allowed Jayson Werth to score.

The Mets had 11 baserunners but just couldn't get the big hit against Nats starter Ross Ohlendorf and relievers Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano. The Mets' lone run came in the fourth inning when John Buck doubled home Josh Satin. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Juan Lagares came up with runners on first and third and one out. A sacrifice fly would have given our heroes the lead. However, Lagares popped out, and Murphy flew out to end the inning. The game was over a few minutes later.

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by Steve Sypa; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

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