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Mets Morning News: Nationals steal series opener from Mets

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Meet the Mets

After missing the chance to sweep the Marlins in a disappointing game on Thursday, the Mets had a chance to beat the Nationals in their series opener as they sent out ace Noah Syndergaard against rookie A.J. Cole. Alas, it was not to be, as the Mets mustered only one run as the Nationals ran wild on the base paths.

Syndergaard gave the Mets seven strong innings, but found himself victimized again by base-stealing. Trea Turner was able to steal both second and third base in the first inning, which lead to him scoring on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

The Mets were able to put together very little offense against Cole, and even less against the Nationals’ bullpen. It was a game to forget and the Mets lost 4-1 while luckily avoiding a fall in the standings as San Francisco lost to the Cubs and St. Louis fell to the Reds.

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The Mets and Nationals resume their series tonight as Tanner Roark and Robert Gsellman are scheduled to take the mound.

David Wright and Edgardo Alfonzo made a visit to a firehouse ahead of the 15th anniversary of September 11th.

Jacob deGrom is expected to miss his next start with elbow inflammation.

Steven Matz will do some throwing at the Mets training facilities in Florida on Monday.

Around the NL East

The Braves and the Phillies did battle and the Braves came out on top.

The Marlins did battle with the Indians, and were defeated.

When the Nationals weren’t busy beating the Mets, they announced their September call-ups.

Around MLB

Anthony Rizzo told Jon Lester he was going to throw a no-hitter last night. Lester nearly did.

Yasiel Puig was recalled to the major leagues by the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw will make a rehab start, and is expected to throw fifty pitches.

Mike Trout says he’s fine after being involved in a multi-car crash a couple of days ago.

Jose Abreu has extended his on-base streak to 29 games.

The Red Sox have called up top prospect Yoan Moncada for September.

The Arizona Diamondbacks say they won’t be dealing Zack Greinke.

Yesterday at AA

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets-Nationals series.

Bryan Kalbrosky took a closer look at Robert Gsellman.

Daniel Convery covered the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Back in 1965, “Gentleman Jim” Hickman became the first Met to collect three homers in one game.