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Game Recap: Nationals’ home runs sink Mets in series opener

By Andrew Battifarano

The Mets opened up a four-game series against the Nationals on Thursday, as Bartolo Colon started against Tanner Roark. Before the game, a pregame ceremony was held to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. The Mets did not wear the first responder hats, though.

As they have done all season at Citi Field, the Nationals used the home run ball to defeat the Mets 6-2.

Game Recap

Unlike the previous two nights where the pitching dominated from the get-go, Colon struggled from the onset. The Nationals were staked to

Sep 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets players and coaches wear 9/11 memorial caps at a ceremony prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

an early 2-0 lead thanks to Met killer Adam LaRoche‘s home run off the top of the right field foul pole.

The Mets had a chance to get back even in the second, but failed to capitalize. Travis d’Arnaud followed a Lucas Duda double with a bloop single to put runners on the corners. Curtis Granderson followed with a pop out, as did Dilson Herrera. On Herrera’s pop up, d’Arnaud forgot that there was just one out, and was easily doubled off first to end the frame.

Washington was back at it in the third, as LaRoche drove in another run with a single to left. The Nationals would add their fourth one on a line drive by Wilson Ramos that barely alluded Colon and into the no-man’s land between second base and shortstop. Herrera fired for the out at first but a run came home to make it a 4-0 game.

The Nationals just kept on slugging in the fourth when Anthony Rendon cracked a two-run homer to left field, giving the Nats a 6-0 lead. It was the 32nd homer for the Nats at Citi Field in 12 games. Following the home run, Colon plunked Jayson Werth and was ejected from the game. Manager Terry Collins was also ejected in the ensuing argument. Daisuke Matsuzaka came in to replace Colon after the ejection. Matsuaka loaded the bases, but worked out of the inning to keep it 6-0.

After the Nationals pounded home runs, the Mets finally hit one of their own. Anthony Recker crushed one into the left field seats to make it a five-run contest.

The Mets offense was mostly dormant throughout the evening, but started to make a push in the seventh. Roark lost a bit of his command and loaded the bases with one out — the Mets’ best opportunity of the evening. Herrera made the most of this opportunity, working out a good at-bat and lifted an RBI single into right field for a hit. The single caused manager Matt Williams to remove Roark from the game. The move paid off for Washington, as Wilmer Flores hit an inning-ending double play, and the Mets settled for just the one run.

As they did in the seventh, New York loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, though this time they couldn’t even scratch one run across.

Ross Detwiler came on for the Nats in the ninth and shut the door on the win. It’s Washington’s 12th win in a row at Citi Field.