The Mets beat the Nationals by the score of 7-4 on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.
The Mets broke through early, when Curtis Granderson‘s RBI single gave them a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Nationals tied things at 1 in the bottom of the fourth when Ian Desmond hit a sacrifice fly to center.
In the top of the fifth, the Mets put up a three-spot to jump ahead 4-1. The big blow was a two-run single off the bat of Granderson. The Mets’ lead was short-lived, as Dillon Gee surrendered four consecutive hits and three runs to open the bottom of the fifth to allow the Nationals to tie it up, 4-4.
The Mets went back on top in the eighth, when Matt den-Dekker’s two-out RBI single to left drove in Eric Young, Jr. (who had pinch-run and stolen second base) to give them a 5-4 lead. Later in the inning, Matt den Dekker aggressively scored from second base on Wilmer Flores‘ infield single, upping New York’s lead to 6-4.
In the ninth, the Mets added some insurance when Ruben Tejada‘s RBI single increased their advantage to 7-4.
Jenrry Mejia earned the save in the ninth while closing out the victory.
- Dillon Gee had a poor outing, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings pitched. He walked none and struck out 2. His season will end with his ERA at an even 4.00.
- Curtis Granderson collected 3 RBI. Overall, he went 3-for-4 with a walk.
- Matt den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and 2 runs scored.
- Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI and 2 runs scored.