Three runs, six hits, four errors -- that was the Mets' ugly line tonight in a wet 10-3 loss that was never close.
The Nationals built a 6-0 lead against Zack Wheeler by the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run hit by Bryce Harper into the Pepsi Porch. Wheeler was not sharp; he lasted just four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, while striking out four and walking two. It was his shortest outing since a game in late June against the A's. The Nats added four runs against six Mets relievers, capped by a two-run home run off the bat of Denard Span against Dario Alvarez.
The Mets got on the board in the fifth inning against Nats starter Doug Fister thanks to a Wilmer Flores two-run home run. It broke an 0-for-21 stretch for Flores. Curtis Granderson added an RBI single in the sixth inning and was on base three times. Juan Lagares went 3-for-4. Besides that, the Mets' lineup was quiet.
Dilson Herrera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, and Juan Lagares committed errors, and the Nationals stole three bases. Sloppy weather, sloppy game. The Mets will try to split the series on Sunday at 1:10 pm EST. The pitching matchup is Jon Niese vs Jordan Zimmermann.
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