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Final Score: Nationals 5, Mets 4 — Joey Mets

Three home runs were not enough to take game one of the series.

Washington Nationals v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

If nothing else, the Mets increased Jacob deGrom’s league lead in ERA over Max Scherzer. The Mets drove in three runs against the three-time Cy Young winner in their 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. For the Mets, Steven Matz pitched a solid 6.1 innings, only giving up three runs and striking out four.

Matz didn’t have his best start to the night as the third batter of the game, Anthony Rendon, put Washington up 2-0 on his home run. He also drove in Washington’s third run with his second home run of the game in the third inning. The Nationals’ fourth and fifth runs of the night came from Bryce Harper on his seventh inning bomb.

On the offensive side for the Mets, Jose Bautista was the star of the night, like he has been many times before in his short Mets tenure. He drove in a run on a single in the first and then hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, both against Max Scherzer. The third Mets run came off the bat of Kevin Plawecki with his solo home run in the seventh inning.

The Mets tried to start a comeback with Asdrubal Cabrera’s home run in the eighth and a pair of walks right after that, but it wasn’t to be as Washington escaped the jam and went on to win the game by the score of 5-4

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

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  1. MetsFan4Decades: 117
  2. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 78
  3. stickguy: 48
  4. BK_Machetero3191: 35
  5. AnneInFlushing: 31
  6. Jets Mets Devils Nets 16: 29
  7. mzvalaren: 19
  8. doctor prancer: 19
  9. Oak Beach Inn: 19
  10. Gina: 14