Jon Niese went a little deeper into this game than Jordan Zimmermann did, but maybe that wasn't for the best. Niese gave up a two-run home run to Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning. The blast broke up a 0-0 draw and doomed the Mets to a series loss against the Nationals.
Washington added a run in the ninth innings when Danny Espinosa got stuck in a rundown between first and second. Wilmer Flores lost control of the ball when he went to tag Espinosa on the helmet, and the ball got far enough away to allow Ian Desmond to score from third.
Flores led the Mets with two hits, including his first career triple. His single in the fourth inning set the table for a potential Mets rally. New York loaded the bases with one out, but then Ruben Tejada lined out and Niese was retired on a foul fly ball.
The Mets managed to get the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth when Matt den Dekker reached on an infield single, but Nationals closer Drew Storen finished the game with a Juan Lagares fly out.
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