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Final Score: Nationals 12, Mets 9 - Too little, too late

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The second inning meltdown did in the Mets this afternoon.

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The Mets dropped the series finale to the Nationals this afternoon, 12-9. At the end of the second inning, it looked like it was going to be a really ugly day for the Mets; down 5-1 with Max Scherzer on the mound, the game looked out of control early on.

Zack Wheeler simply did not have his best stuff today. Over four and two-thirds innings, Wheeler gave up four hits, seven walks, and seven earned runs. Relievers Tim Peterson and Luis Avilan contributed two and three earned runs apiece, respectively, digging the Mets an eleven run deficit by the middle of the seventh inning.

But the Mets weren’t going to give in that easily, and were aided by the Nationals’ leaky bullpen. An RBI double by Brandon Nimmo, a run-scoring single by Jeff McNeil, and a three run home run by Pete Alonso halved the Nats’ lead in the bottom of the seventh.

In the ninth, Michael Conforto hit a three-run home run to put the Mets within three, but the hole was dug too deep.

Full recap to follow.

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