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  • Nationals @ Mets: 04/06 1:10 PM ET; SNY, MASN, MLBN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK


    Saturday, 6th April,
    1:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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  • #2

    Mets Aim to Rebound from Home-Opener Loss to Nationals

    -- The New York Mets know one thing heading into their second home game of the season: They'll be better-rested than they were for the first one.

    The Mets will hope to yield the benefits of a much-needed day off when they host the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon in the middle game of a three-game series.

    Steven Matz (0-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against the Nationals' Patrick Corbin (0-0, 3.00 ERA) in a battle of left-handers.

    Both teams were off Friday after the Nationals spoiled the Mets' home opener Thursday, when winning pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over 6 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with four relievers on a four-hitter as Washington earned a 4-0 victory.

    While both teams played Wednesday, the Nationals were already in their midtown Manhattan hotels following a wild 9-8 win over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies as the Mets closed out a 6-4 win in Florida over the Miami Marlins.

    The Mets' exit from Miami was delayed when first baseman Dominic Smith, one of two players selected to take a random drug test after the game, needed an extra 40 minutes for all the water he drank to take effect. The team didn't return to Citi Field until after 2 a.m. ET and had to be back at the park by 10 a.m. for a 1:10 p.m. start.

    Following the loss, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he didn't think the quick turnaround was to blame for New York's performance.

    "We're used to it, been doing it our whole lives, especially those of us who were in the minor leagues for a long time," Callaway said. "We have a bunch of young players who are used to it. Robinson Cano and the guys who have been around are used to it. It's something they've all dealt with. We know how to deal with it, and we just came out on the short end of the stick today."

    For the Nationals, the crisp performance of the bullpen provided some literal relief after a rough opening week in which relievers posted an 11.02 ERA and gave up 10 runs in three outings against the Mets last weekend in Washington, D.C.

    On Thursday, left-handers Matt Grace and Tony Sipp, each of whom still have ERAs north of 10.00, enjoyed their first clean outings of the season by recording the final outs of the seventh and eighth.

    "Like I've said before, if we're going to do this, I've got to trust the bullpen to get the job done," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said afterward. "And they got it done."

    Matz made his season debut on Monday night, when he didn't factor into the decision after giving up three runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 7-3. He is 1-5 with a 3.93 ERA in 10 career starts against the Nationals.

    Corbin also faced the Mets in his debut start for the Nationals last Sunday, when he didn't factor into the decision after giving up two runs over six innings as Washington earned a 6-5 victory. The southpaw, who signed a six-year deal in December, is 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) against New York.

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      • #4

        Top of 1:
        Nationals first. Eaton walked on four pitches. Dozier struck out. Eaton was caught stealing, catcher Ramos to second baseman Canó, Eaton out. Rendon walked on a full count. Soto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Nimmo struck out. Alonso struck out. Canó singled to left. Davis walked on a full count, Canó to second. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Difo to first baseman Zimmerman.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Nationals second. Zimmerman singled to center. On Matz's wild pitch, Zimmerman to second. Gomes walked on a full count. Difo struck out. Corbin sacrificed, pitcher Matz to second baseman Canó, Zimmerman to third, Gomes to second. Robles struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Conforto struck out. Rosario struck out. Broxton struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Nationals third. Eaton struck out. Dozier grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Alonso. Rendon struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Matz struck out. Nimmo struck out. Alonso doubled to left. Canó flied out to center fielder Robles.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Soto struck out. Zimmerman walked on a full count. Gomes struck out. Difo flied out to left fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Davis homered to center on the first pitch. Ramos grounded out, pitcher Corbin to first baseman Zimmerman. Conforto flied out to center fielder Robles. Rosario grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman Zimmerman.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Corbin grounded out, catcher Ramos to first baseman Alonso. Robles lined out to left fielder Nimmo. Eaton singled to left. Dozier grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Broxton flied out to center fielder Robles. Lagares pinch-hitting for Matz. Lagares singled to left. Nimmo struck out. Lagares stole second. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Gsellman pitching. Broxton in as left fielder. Lagares in as center fielder. Rendon doubled to left. Soto grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Rendon to third. Zimmerman grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Rendon scored. Gomes lined out to shortstop Rosario.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Canó flied out to left fielder Soto. Davis homered to left on a 2-1 count. Ramos flied out to right fielder Eaton. Conforto homered to right on a 1-2 count. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Difo to first baseman Zimmerman.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Wilson pitching. Difo grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Kendrick pinch-hitting for Corbin. Kendrick flied out to right fielder Conforto. Robles walked on a full count. Eaton hit an infield single to third, Robles to second. Guillorme in as shortstop. Familia pitching. Adams pinch-hitting for Dozier. On Ramos' passed ball, Robles scored, Eaton to third. Adams struck out, catcher Ramos to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Barraclough pitching. Kendrick in as second baseman. Broxton walked on a full count. Broxton was caught stealing, catcher Gomes to shortstop Difo, Broxton out. Lagares struck out. Guillorme flied out to left fielder Soto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Nationals eighth. Rendon homered to right on a 1-1 count. Soto singled to left. Zimmerman flied out to center fielder Lagares. Gomes grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Soto to second. Difo homered to right on a 2-2 count, Soto scored. Kendrick walked. Robles struck out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Miller pitching. Alonso homered to center on a 2-1 count. Canó homered to right on a full count. Davis singled to left. Ramos grounded into a double play, shortstop Difo to second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Zimmerman, Davis out. Sipp pitching. Conforto doubled to right. McNeil pinch-hitting for Familia. McNeil was hit by a pitch. Broxton singled to center, Conforto scored, McNeil to third. Suero pitching. McNeil was caught stealing, catcher Gomes to third baseman Rendon to catcher Gomes, McNeil out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 5

        Top of 9:
        Nationals ninth. Smith in as first baseman. Díaz pitching. McNeil in as third baseman. Eaton struck out. Stevenson pinch-hitting for Suero. Stevenson flied out to center fielder Lagares. Rendon grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Smith.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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        • #5

          Mets Hit 5 Home Runs, Rally Past Nationals 6-5

          by BEN WALKER

          -- Little over a week into his New York Mets career, Pete Alonso already has learned a lot about his team's history. And the 24-year-old rookie gladly recited a key lesson after taking part in a nifty rally.

          "Like the Mets saying is: Ya gotta believe!" Alonso said.

          Believing helps. So does hitting home runs, especially lots of long, loud ones.

          Alonso and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers to begin the eighth and Keon Broxton lined an RBI single later in the inning, lifting the Mets over the Washington Nationals 6-5 Saturday.

          Unlikely cleanup man J.D. Davis hit two home runs and Michael Conforto connected as the Mets improved to 6-2.

          "I think that's the biggest story, we're not a team that will quit," Davis said.

          Alonso also doubled and is batting .367. The Mets had hit only four home runs this year, among the fewest in the majors, before launching five.

          Anthony Rendon hit a leadoff homer and Wilmer Difo added a two-run shot in the top of the eighth, putting Washington ahead 5-3. Both drives came off reliever Jeurys Familia (2-0) - never before had he given up two home runs in a game.

          But the Mets bounced right back, with Alonso and Cano tagging Justin Miller to make it 5-all.

          Tony Sipp (0-1) took over with two outs for a lefty vs. lefty matchup and Conforto greeted him with a double. After pinch-hitter Jeff McNeil was plunked by a pitch, Broxton singled to complete the comeback.

          A crowd of 35,156 roared when Broxton delivered, the fans matching the enthusiasm of what Davis called "a high-energy team."

          Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his fourth save.

          The Nationals, meanwhile, saw their bullpen knocked around by the Mets in the late innings for the second straight weekend.

          "We take full responsibility," Sipp said. "It's pretty frustrating."

          A bizarre passed ball gave Washington a gift run in the seventh. With two outs and runners on first and second, pinch-hitter Matt Adams swung over a breaking ball from Familia.

          But the pitch bounced under catcher Wilson Ramos, and he scrambled around the plate to find the ball. He couldn't locate it, and by the time Familia rushed in and retrieved it near the backstop, Victor Robles had streaked home from second to pull the Nationals within 3-2.

          Davis delivered the first multihomer game of his brief career, lining solo drives off Patrick Corbin in the fourth inning and the sixth.

          Acquired from Houston during the offseason in a minor deal, the 25-year-old Davis began the game with a career .189 batting average and five home runs. He went 3 for 3 with a walk.

          Conforto also homered in the sixth. He's 6 for 14 with four homers lifetime against Corbin, a two-time All-Star who signed a $140 million, six-year deal to leave Arizona and join the Nationals.

          Mets starter Steven Matz was pulled after five shutout innings of two-hit ball. He labored to get there, striking out eight, walking four and throwing 103 pitches.

          Matz has gone eight straight starts without a win or loss - his no-decision streak is the longest in Mets history.

          WELCOME BACK

          Howie Kendrick flied out as a pinch-hitter in his first big league game for Washington since May 19, then stayed in to play second base. The 35-year-old INF/OF missed most of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and strained a hamstring in spring training.


          Mets leadoff man Brandon Nimmo struck out in all three at-bats. He's 2 for 26 this year, fanning 17 times.


          Nats newcomer Brian Dozier went 0 for 3, leaving him 2 for 25 with nine strikeouts this season. He's hit over 20 home runs for five straight years, but batted a combined .215 for Minnesota and the Dodgers last season. Manager Dave Martinez said pregame that Dozier remains the everyday second baseman for now. Martinez noted Dozier had been fouling off too many pitches he needs to drive. Dozier fouled off three pitches his first time up before fanning.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Nationals: OF Michael A. Taylor (knee, hip) was set to play seven innings in the field for Double-A Harrisburg. There's no timetable for his return to the majors.

          Mets: McNeil didn't start, resting his banged-up knee. It's been ailing him since he knocked into an outfield fence in spring training.

          UP NEXT

          Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (0-2, 2.13 ERA) has lost both starts this year despite pitching well. He hasn't lost three straight starts since 2015, his first season in Washington.

          Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (0-0, 7.20) got a no-decision vs. Washington last weekend, giving up four earned run in five innings.

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