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Final Score: Nationals 3, Mets 0 — The .500 dream is dead

The Mets lineup was shut down by Gio Gonzalez and Zack Wheeler struggled as the Nationals took game two of the doubleheader.

NJ Advance Media for TODAY Sports

The Mets scored seven runs today. Unfortunately, they all came in game one of their doubleheader with the Nationals. Our heroes were shut out in game two, tallying loss #82 to ensure a sub-.500 record.

Gio Gonzalez pitched his best game of the season tonight, striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings. The Mets managed just one hit against him, a single by Daniel Murphy. Just once did the Mets put at least two runners on base in an inning, when Curtis Granderson singled and Ruben Tejada reached on an error in the eighth. Nothing came of it when Bobby Abreu and Eric Young Jr. flew out and grounded out, respectively, to end the frame.

Zack Wheeler slogged through five innings in his final start of the season. He gave up three runs on four hits, walking three while striking out seven. His first three innings went smoothly, but he hit a rough patch in the fourth inning. The Nats scored all three of their runs in the frame, during which Wheeler threw 37 pitches. He finishes the season with 185.1 innings pitched, a 3.50 ERA, and a 3.55 FIP. Not a bad season for 24-year-old Zack.

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