With the division out of reach, the Mets’ biggest goal going into this game against the Nationals was to extend Jacob deGrom’s lead in the ERA race. They did manage to score three runs against Scherzer in seven innings of work, ultimately winning game one by the score of 5-4.
The three runs that the Mets scored off of Scherzer came on back-to-back home runs by the surging duo of Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce in the third inning. Just for good measure, Jay Bruce tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth on an RBI single against the Nationals’ bullpen.
Jason Vargas looked like Vargy again tonight as he went 5.2 innings while only allowing three hits, two runs, and striking out eight Nats. One of the hits and both of the runs came courtesy of Anthony Rendon’s 100th career home run. Unfortunately for Vargas, the Mets are equal opportunity win destroyers and the combination of Swarzak, Zamora, and Gsellman blew the Mets’ two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Thankfully, Jose Lobaton was able to come off the bench and save the day with his 12th inning sacrifice fly to score the deciding run in the Mets’ 5-4 triumph.
Full recap to follow.
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