Mets pitchers walked eleven batters and the offense could get little going against Gio Gonzalez as they dropped the middle game of the three-game series against the Nationals tonight, 7-1. New York stands 1.5 games behind Washington going into the rubber game tomorrow.
Barolo Colon labored throughout his outing, allowing five hits and five walks as well as a hit-by-pitch before being removed with two outs in the fifth. A two-run single by Anthony Rendon knocked Colon out of the box after 107 pitches and gave Washington a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Ex-Met Daniel Murphy drove in two runs—a single off a diving David Wright's glove opened the scoring in the third, and a sacrifice fly during in the seventh. The Nats' fifth fun came across in the seventh as well, due to a bases-loaded walk by Logan Verrett, which was set up by a rocky outing by Antonio Bastardo. Two more runs came across in the ninth against Jim Henderson to put the game out of reach.
Meanwhile the Mets could not solve Gonzalez, who has been dominant at Citi Field throughout his career, with a career mark of 7-1 with a 1.54 ERA there. Yoenis Cespedes provided the only scoring with a solo homer in the fourth. The Mets loaded the bases against Gonzalez in the seventh, but lefty Felipe Rivero came on to induce Kevin Plawecki and pinch-hitter Michael Conforto into weak ground outs to end their best threat.
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