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Final score: Nationals 3, Mets 1—Mets lose game to Nats and all of their players to injury

Bad things happened.

Washington Nationals v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The Mets lost a baseball game to the Nationals tonight by the score of 3-1. They also lost a game in the standings in the NL East. More critically, they lost two of their best players to injury.

Yoenis Cespedes left the game after the third inning with a right quad strain, and Noah Syndergaard left in the fifth inning with what the Mets called arm fatigue. They also said it was definitely, certainly, absolutely not an elbow problem.

As for the game itself, the Nats got on the board in the second inning thanks to a two-run home run by Clint Robinson. An inning later, Daniel Murphy doubled in a run to make it 3-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 12th homer of the year to bring the game to 3-1. The Mets’ best chance to score after that was in the eighth, when they had first and third with nobody out but failed to plate anyone.

Syndergaard struck out five and walked three in 4.2 innings, a middling performance overshadowed by his injury. Stephen Strasburg struck out nine and allowed just two hits in seven innings.

The Mets and Nationals play again on Saturday night at 7:15 PM when Logan Verrett takes on Max Scherzer.

Full recap to follow.

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