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Final Score: Mets 8, Nationals 4—The mourning after

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Mets bounce back to claim series in Washington for a pyrrhic victory.

MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

A Wednesday day game represented a quick turnaround for a Mets team reeling from a devastating ninth-inning collapse last night. And the Nationals jumped out quickly in the series finale, as with two outs and none on in the bottom of the second, Zack Wheeler surrendered consecutive singles to Gerardo Parra, pitcher Anibal Sanchez and Trea Turner to plate the first run of the game. Wheeler escaped further damage by getting Anthony Rendon to fly out with the bases loaded.

While Wheeler danced around further trouble—the Nationals left eight men on in Wheeler’s five arduous inning—the Mets used the long ball to pull ahead. Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, and Pete Alonso each homered in consecutive innings—Cano’s a two-run shot—to give the Mets a 4-1 lead through five.

The Mets extended the lead to six thanks to a three run rally in the top of the sixth, but very recent history would indicate that is not necessarily a safe lead for New York’s pen, and Jeurys Familia did his best to prove that by allowing the Nationals to get those three runs right back, making the game 7-4.

This time, a six run lead would ultimately hold up, as Jeff McNeil contributed a second RBI single of the day in the eighth, and Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson combined for three scoreless innings to give the Mets the 8-4 victory.

Full recap to follow.

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