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Final Score: Nationals 3, Mets 1—Mets offense continues to struggle

Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals bullpen held the Mets to two hits on this rainy Saturday.

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Aside from a small rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Mets offense failed to show up again today in a divisional game against the rival Nationals in a 3-1 loss.

Gio Gonzalez was brilliant, limiting the Mets to one run with two hits and three walks allowed over 6.1 innings of work. After walking two batters in the first, Gonzalez retired 13 straight before Jose Reyes walked to lead off the sixth inning. Juan Lagares then singled up the middle to end Gonzalez’s no-hit bid. With one out, Cabrera singled home Reyes to cut the Nationals’ lead to 3-1 but back-to-back strikeouts from Jay Bruce and Neil Walker left the tying runs on the bases. The Nationals’ bullpen went on to throw 2.2 perfect innings to hold on for the win.

Jacob deGrom started out scorching hot, but lost his pin-point command around the fourth inning. The Nationals scored once in that inning, and twice in the fifth, which was all they needed to emerge victorious. deGrom allowed a career-high six walks but interestingly set a career high with 27 swings and misses. He also struck out ten batters for his second straight double-digit strikeout performance. deGrom was charged with all three earned runs in his 5.2 innings, picking up the loss on the day.

Full recap to follow.

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