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Home Runs Hurt Mets Again, Nats Sweep Series

By Andrew Battifarano

Aug 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman

Adam LaRoche

(25) is congratulated by

Asdrubal Cabrera

(3) in front of New York Mets catcher Travis d

The Mets could not be more happy that the Washington Nationals are leaving Citi Field.

New York looked to rebound with Dillon Gee on the mound against Stephen Strasburg after losing the first two games of the series.

But just as it had all series, home run ball cost the Mets, and two early blasts propelled the Nationals to a 4-1 win.

Game Recap

Washington got on the board right off the bat with a long ball. First baseman Adam LaRoche drove a pitch the other way for an opposite-field, two-run home run to put the Nats ahead.

The Mets did not respond with much in the first off of Strasburg, but David Wright did extend his hitting streak to 13 games with a single.

Gee kept Washington off the board until the fourth until Bryce Harper got a hold of one. The outfielder hit a deep blast into the right field bullpen for a two-run homer, which gave Washington a 4-0 lead. It was the outfielder’s third homer against the Mets in a week, accounting for half of his season total of home runs.

Down by four, the Mets got on the board in their half of the fourth. Lucas Duda drove in Daniel Murphy on a sacrifice fly to deep center that center fielder Denard Span barely had room to flag down. That would be it, though, and Strasburg escaped further trouble.

Ian Desmond had a chance to put the game away in the seventh after Josh Edgin walked the bases loaded. Carlos Torres, who had allowed a home run in four straight appearances, eluded the jam, however, and struck out Desmond on a high fastball to keep it a 4-1 game.

New York’s bullpen was light’s out after Gee exited the contest, but Washington’s pitching to be even better. The Mets just mustered three hits and one run in the loss. Strasburg was dominant from the start and the Washington bullpen combined to silence the Mets in the final game of the three-game sweep.

Next Up

The Chicago Cubs will visit Flushing for a weekend series starting Friday night. Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86 ERA) will oppose Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53) on the mound.