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Mets Morning News: Matz no match for Nats bats

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Steven Matz limited the Nationals to three runs over 6.1 innings but got outdueled by Max Scherzer en route to a 5-4 defeat at Citi Field on Thursday night. Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Bautista, and Kevin Plawecki homered and collected two hits apiece. In frustratingly typical fashion, Anthony Rendon killed the Mets, homering twice and collecting a third hit for three RBI. Jerry Blevins surrendered a two-run homer to Bryce Harper in the seventh that’d prove to be the difference.

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The Mets are expected to look outside the organization for their next general manager, according to Jon Heyman.

A demotion of the struggling Dom Smith could be in the offing, but Peter Alonso’s recent promotion to Triple-A complicates the matter.

Zack Wheeler continues to draw trade interest; scouts from at least nine teams, including the Cubs and Yankees, took in his latest start.

Amed Rosario is on a hot streak, which played into Mickey Callaway’s decision to sit him against Scherzer.

Around the National League East

The Marlins, like the Mets, seem poised to be active sellers after the All-Star break. Fish Stripes produced a roundup of their on-the-block assets.

The Nationals took a play out of the Mets’ playbook and spent months lying to fans and reporters about Ryan Zimmerman’s health.

Cesar Hernandez, Scott Kingery, and Jorge Alfaro each collected three hits in a 5-4 Phillies victory over the Orioles.

Around Major League Baseball

The Red Sox bested the Blue Jays for their 66th win before the All-Star break, a new American League record.

SB Nation is keeping track of all the All-Star replacements for you.

Kyle Schwarber bunted with two strikes and no one on base ... and it worked, thanks to a giant Giants shift.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague wrote of other teams’ interest in trading for Wheeler. The Yankees are among those squads, and the Mets sent a scout to watch Yanks prospect Justus Sheffield’s last start.

Now you can wear a smile on your face and on your chest with Amazin’ Avenue’s latest T-shirt, featuring Brandon Nimmo.

Nicholas Schreiber previewed the four-game series against the rival Nats.

This Date in Mets History

The 1977 New York City blackout struck in the middle of a Mets game, and the team’s players drove their cars onto the Shea Stadium field and used their headlights to illuminate the way out for fans.