Mets on brink of getting swept by Nationals after 7-4 loss


The beleaguered Mets misplaced to the Nationals, 7-Four, Saturday at Citi Area and now path their division rivals by 11.5 video games within the N.L. East. Washington can have an opportunity to comb the four-game sequence Sunday afternoon in Flushing.
Seth Lugo began for the Mets, and whereas he wasn’t as sharp as in his season debut June 11 when he allowed one run in seven innings, the righthander restricted injury Saturday. He allowed three earned runs over 6.2 innings, however the New York offense didn’t ship in key spots in opposition to Stephen Strasburg, who surrendered two earned runs in his 5.1 innings.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner led off the sport with a solo homer. Daniel Murphy prolonged his on-base streak in opposition to the Mets to 28 video games with an RBI double within the third.
The Mets (30-37) are again to seven video games beneath .500.


With the Nationals forward Four-2, Murphy led off the highest of the eighth with single to proper on a popup that bounced out of Wilmer Flores’ glove. Terry Collins then changed Jerry Blevins with Paul Sewald, who struck out Ryan Zimmerman to open his outing. However then Adam Lind turned on a dangling 2-Zero slider and planted it within the higher deck in proper. The house run prolonged the Nats’ result in 6-2 and proved to be the successful hit.


After Lind’s dinger, the Mets rallied within the backside of the eighth. Yoenis Cespedes led off with a protracted dwelling run down the left-field line. Later, Flores reached on a one out single earlier than Lucas Duda flied out to heart. Again-to-back singles from pinch-hitter Travis d’Arnaud and Jose Reyes then introduced dwelling one other Mets run to trim the deficit to 6-Four with two outs. However Rene Rivera struck out to finish the menace.

Michael Conforto has hit only one dwelling run in his final 91 plate appearances.

(Frank Franklin II/AP)


Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton, who went 2-for-Three with a homer, single, stroll and two runs within the victory. Lobaton began instead of Matt Wieters, who obtained a scheduled time off Saturday.


Michael Conforto has hit only one dwelling run in his final 91 plate appearances. He hit seven dwelling runs in his earlier 91 plate appearances. He went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts Saturday and is now hitting .163 in June. Conforto’s lone hit got here on a popup that dropped contained in the foul line in shallow left within the ninth.


Yoenis Cespedes, who went Four-for-5 with a solo homer, three singles, and three of the Mets’ 4 runs. Cespedes – who missed 5 weeks earlier this season with a hamstring harm – twice went first-to-third on base hits to proper area and likewise scored on Flores’ sacrifice fly within the sixth. Miraculously, his legs held up.


Rivera, who went Zero-for-Four with 4 strikeouts for a golden sombrero. Since his 11-game hitting streak ended Might 20, Rivera has struck out in 21 of 43 plate appearances.


Sunday, June 18 vs. Washington, 1:10 p.m.
RHP Jacob deGrom (5-Three, Four.33) vs. RHP Joe Ross (Three-2, 6.39)

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