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Final Score: Mets 4, Nationals 3—Thomas Javier Rivera

T.J. Rivera had himself a night.

New York Mets v Washington Nationals Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

The Mets defeated the Nationals 4-3 in Washington, DC tonight. The game went from confident and triumphant to panic-attack inducing to glorious all in the course of one inning. Whew.

Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets and was absolutely brilliant, scattering four hits over seven innings while walking only one and striking out ten. Syndergaard gave way to Addison Reed, who was perfect in his inning of work, and then Jeurys Familia, who was not.

Familia induced four ground balls to start the inning, yet recorded no outs. From an infield hit to an errant throw to a chopper over the mound, the Nationals scored two runs to tie the game.

But the Mets had TJ Rivera on their side tonight.

In his first start since being recalled, Rivera had three hits, including the go ahead home run in the top of the 10th inning. Fernando Salas got the first two outs, before giving way to Jerry Blevins, who ended the game in the greatest possible way: by striking out Daniel Murphy.

Hot damn, that was a game.

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