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Final score: Nationals 2, Mets 1—Still bad, but this time wearing black

The Mets played the same game they have played the last three weeks

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets lost once again, with the result looking just as familiar as the procedure. Mets pitching gave up only two runs and combined to strike out seventeen batters, but a Javy Báez solo home run was the only run the Mets offense produced as they dropped the opening game of their series against the Nationals 2-1 Friday night in Queens. No one would blame you if you feel like you’ve read something resembling that sentence a dozen times this August, as this game felt like so many others this month.

Juan Soto drove in the first Nationals' run on a groundout in the fourth inning, and Josh Bell immediately followed up with an RBI single, producing the only offense the Nationals would need all game. The Mets, meanwhile, only managed four baserunners beyond the fourth-inning Báez home run: a first-inning triple from Francisco Lindor, a third-inning single from Tomás Nido, an eighth-inning blooper from Jeff McNeil, and a ninth-inning walk from Pete Alonso. Without anyone else reaching via a walk or error, leaving runners on base wasn’t even much an issue tonight.

The Alonso walk to open the ninth inning gave the Mets some hope, but two straight groundouts from Lindor and Báez, the last one a game-ending double play, sealed what felt to be an inevitable result.

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