The Mets defeated the Nationals 5-1 tonight at Citi Field. Seth Lugo started for the Mets and continued his solid performance in the majors thus far, going seven innings, striking out four, and walking none. Aside from a solo home run given up to Danny Espinosa and a bad-luck bases loaded situation in the first, Lugo looked great tonight, and kept the Mets in a game that few expected them to win.
Part of those lowered expectations were due to the fact that Max Scherzer was scheduled to start; he was pushed back a day, and Reynoldo Lopez started in his place. The Mets got a first inning run off of a Jose Reyes walk, an Asdrubal Cabrera walk, an advance on a wild pitch, and then Reyes scoring on a Curtis Granderson sacrifice fly.
Granderson then knocked a two-run home run off of Lopez in the third. That would prove to be enough, but Jay Bruce added a two-run home run in the seventh, providing some insurance for the team.
The Mets remain only a game out of the second Wild Card spot.
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