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  • Nationals @ Mets: 05/22 7:10 PM ET; SNY, MASN2, MLBN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK

    GAME 48, HOME GAME 20

    Wednesday, 22nd May,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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    A Pair of Aces Meet When Nationals Face Mets

    -- The Washington Nationals headed to the Big Apple early Monday morning with a chance to deliver the final knockout blow to the New York Mets and embattled manager Mickey Callaway. Two Mets wins later, the Nationals are the punch-drunk team that looks as if it could topple over with a slight nudge.

    Fortunately for the Nationals, Max Scherzer is on the mound Wednesday night. Unfortunately for Washington, so too will Jacob deGrom.

    The last two National League Cy Young Award winners are scheduled to square off in what could be a taut pitcher's duel Wednesday night, when Scherzer (2-5, 3.72 ERA) will try to play the role of stopper for the Nationals against deGrom (3-5, 3.98 ERA).

    The Nationals were dealt their third straight loss Tuesday, when they squandered seventh- and eighth-inning leads before Mets shortstop Amed Rosario legged out the game-winning RBI infield single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift New York to a 6-5 victory.

    The loss dropped the Nationals a season-worst 10 games under .500. Of Washington's 29 defeats, 15 have come by two runs or fewer or in extra innings.

    "The guys are battling, but we've got to finish games," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said afterward. "We're right there, but we've got to win. The bottom line is we have to start winning."

    That was almost surely the message presented to Callaway when he met Monday with rookie general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and ownership after the Mets finished a 1-5 road trip that ended with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins, who have the worst record in baseball.

    Van Wagenen gave Callaway support during a press conference later Monday. Then came consecutive victories over the Nationals.

    "We want to snowball good days together," rookie Pete Alonso said. "(Tuesday) was definitely a really good day for us. Same thing tomorrow. Same plan tomorrow."

    Runs could be at a premium in the second meeting of the season between Scherzer and deGrom, who took 29 of 30 first-place votes in winning the Cy Young last year. The other first-place vote went to Scherzer, who won the award the previous two campaigns.

    Both aces lost their most recent starts last Friday and enter the game with unusually high ERAs and losing records, though their peripherals indicate better days are ahead.

    Scherzer, who leads the NL with 87 strikeouts, has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.21/1, which would be the second-best of his career, and entered Tuesday with an NL-best 2.45 fielding independent ERA.

    DeGrom, who missed 10 days in April due to strep throat and a sore elbow, is averaging 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings, which was tied for third in the NL entering Tuesday and would be the highest rate of his career.

    Scherzer gave up three runs over six innings last Friday in the Nationals' 14-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs. DeGrom allowed seven runs (six earned) over five innings as the Mets fell to the Marlins 8-6.

    Scherzer is 10-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 19 career appearances (18 starts) against the Mets. He no-hit New York on Oct. 3, 2015, when he whiffed 17 and missed a perfect game after a sixth-inning throwing error by third baseman Yunel Escobar.

    DeGrom is 8-4 with a 2.50 ERA in 16 career starts against the Nationals.

    DeGrom outdueled Scherzer on Opening Day, when the right-hander struck out 10 over six scoreless innings in the Mets' 2-0 win. Scherzer took the loss after striking out 12 and giving up both runs over 7 2/3 innings.

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        Top of 1:
        Nationals first. Turner grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom. Eaton homered to right on the first pitch. Rendon flied out to right fielder C.Gómez. Soto popped out to left fielder Davis.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario singled to center. Davis struck out. Canó safe at second on fielder's choice plus throwing error by first baseman M.Adams, Rosario to third. Alonso struck out. Frazier grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M.Adams.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Nationals second. M.Adams flied out to left fielder Davis. Suzuki struck out. Dozier grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. C.Gómez was out bunting, first baseman M.Adams unassisted. Lagares lined out to right fielder Eaton. Nido struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Nationals third. Robles lined out to right fielder C.Gómez. Scherzer struck out. Turner grounded out, pitcher deGrom to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. deGrom grounded out, first baseman M.Adams to pitcher Scherzer. Rosario flied out to right fielder Eaton. Davis doubled to right. Canó grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Hechavarría in as second baseman. Eaton grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Rendon flied out to right fielder C.Gómez. Soto flied out to right fielder C.Gómez.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Alonso struck out. Frazier doubled to center. C.Gómez walked on a full count. Lagares struck out. Nido struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Nationals fifth. M.Adams singled to right. Suzuki struck out. Dozier struck out. Robles walked on a full count, M.Adams to second. Scherzer struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. deGrom singled to center. Rosario struck out. Davis struck out. Hechavarría walked on a full count, deGrom to second. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Turner struck out. Eaton walked. Rendon walked on a full count, Eaton to second. Soto struck out. M.Adams struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Frazier flied out to right fielder Eaton. C.Gómez grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams. Lagares lined out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Gsellman pitching. Suzuki grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Dozier struck out. Robles grounded out, pitcher Gsellman to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Ramos pinch-hitting for Nido. J.Ross pitching. Ramos grounded out, second baseman Dozier to first baseman M.Adams. Smith pinch-hitting for Gsellman. Grace pitching. Smith grounded out, first baseman M.Adams to pitcher Grace. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Nationals eighth. Ramos in as catcher. Gagnon pitching. Kendrick pinch-hitting for Grace. Kendrick grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Turner fouled out to first baseman Alonso. Eaton flied out to center fielder Lagares.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Barraclough pitching. Davis struck out. Hechavarría doubled to center. Alonso grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M.Adams. Frazier walked on four pitches. Doolittle pitching. C.Gómez was hit by a pitch, Hechavarría to third, Frazier to second. Lagares doubled to center, Hechavarría scored, Frazier scored, C.Gómez scored. Ramos was intentionally walked. Davis pinch-hitting for Gagnon. Davis homered to left on a 2-2 count, Lagares scored, Ramos scored. Ja.Guerra pitching. Rosario struck out.
        Runs: 6, Hits: 3

        Top of 9:
        Nationals ninth. Bashlor pitching. Davis in as left fielder. Rendon lined out to shortstop Rosario. Soto singled to left. M.Adams struck out. Suzuki grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Hechavarría, Soto out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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          Mets Stun Doolittle, Nationals in 8th for 6-1 Win

          by RONALD BLUM

          -- Rajai Davis took batting practice Wednesday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old outfielder ended his night hitting a three-run homer that capped a thrilling eighth-inning rally for the New York Mets.

          "It was a normal day when it started," Davis said after a memorable 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

          Max Scherzer outpitched fellow Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom , who allowed Adam Eaton's home run on his fourth pitch.

          Juan Lagares hit a three-run double off Nationals closer Sean Doolittle with two outs in the eighth and Davis added a three-run homer, his first in 134 career plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

          New York, which had been 0-23 when trailing after seven innings, won its third straight following a five-game losing streak and a front office endorsement of oft-criticized manager Mickey Callaway. But star second baseman Robinson Cano left early with a left quadriceps injury that could send him to the injured list.

          Signed to a minor league contract in the offseason, Davis had spent the season's first seven weeks at Triple-A with the Syracuse Mets, who played at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. About 5 p.m., manager Tony DeFrancesco told Davis to get to New York - after the Mets learned an MRI showed Brandon Nimmo had neck inflammation that would result in a stint on the injured list.

          Davis originally thought DeFrancesco was joking. Then he showered and called an Uber for the 112-mile trip to Citi Field that took 2 hours and, according to Davis, cost about $234. His driver, Jason, is originally from Brooklyn.

          "Me and Jason, we got to know each other," Davis said. "But I'm not going to foot that bill."

          Davis arrived in the third inning.

          "I think I saw him in the fifth or the sixth for the first time," Callaway said.

          Playing for his eighth big league team in 14 seasons, Davis couldn't find his way back to the Mets clubhouse and had to ask for directions

          "I feel like I got lost for about a month and half, and two months," Davis said with a grin. "Now I'm fine."

          Davis's 62nd longball made him the 11th player to homer in his first at-bat for the Mets. He and Callaway shared a dugout for another big home run - his tying, two-run drive for Cleveland against Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of World Series Game 7 three years ago, a game the Chicago Cubs won in 10 innings.

          "He remembers. I remember. I think they remember, too," Davis said.

          Callaway was the Indians pitching coach. When it was pointed out the stakes were not quite the same, he laughed and quipped: "It felt like it to me."

          Scherzer struck out nine, stranded seven runners in six innings and was removed after 109 pitches - one shy of matching Cleveland's Trevor Bauer as the only hurlers since the start of the 2018 season to throw 110 pitches in five straight starts.

          Washington's bullpen has a 6.89 ERA, and the Nationals have won just twice in 11 starts by Scherzer, who remained 2-5.

          Adeiny Hechavarria doubled over left fielder Juan Soto with one out in the eighth against Kyle Barraclaugh (0-1) and Todd Frazier walked with two outs.

          Doolittle hit Carlos Gomez with his first pitch, and Lagares, in an 0-for-12 slide, followed with a one-hop double to the left-center wall that made him 3 for 5 against the All-Star. Lagares is getting more playing time than expected with Michael Conforto and Nimmo on the injured list.

          "I just keep working hard and stay positive and try to take advantage of every opportunity," Lagares said.

          Wilson Ramos was intentionally walked, and the 38-year-old Davis, batting for Drew Gagnon (3-0), capped a nine-pitch at-bat with a drive over the left field wall. Doolitte's first 13 pitches were fastballs.

          "In the context of how our season's going, it hurts even more," Doolittle said. "I'm really frustrated. I'm disgusted with myself. I let the team down, and it hurts."

          Cano got hurt running to first base when he grounded out in the third following J.D. Davis' two-out double and was sent for an MRI.

          "He took a few hard steps out of the box, got about halfway down the line and it grabbed on him," Callaway said.

          An eight-time All-Star, Cano twice failed to run out grounders last weekend in Miami, both of them resulting in double plays.

          "I'm sure that he was aware the needs to get going a little bit," Callaway said.

          Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter for the Mets, who stretched their home winning streak to six.

          "When you win, you have a different air about you, a different confidence and I'm definably feeling that part of it," Callaway said.

          Washington has dropped to 19-30 and is 10 games under .500 for the first time since September 2011.

          "It's going to turn around," manager Dave Martinez said, "but we have to believe that it will. We got to will it."


          Nationals: LHP Dan Jennings, who had been designated for assignment, elected free agency.

          Mets: RHP Paul Sewald was designated for assignment.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Nationals: 1B Matt Adams was 1 for 4 in his first game since May 4 after recovering from a strained left shoulder. To clear a roster spot, INF Adrian Sanchez was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg, leaving 3B Anthony Rendon as the backup shortstop. ... RHP Trevor Rosenthal, who last pitched for the Nationals on April 24 and was put on the IL with a viral infection, had an erratic one-inning appearance for Harrisburg on Tuesday, allowing two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a two-run double. He likely will make another minor league appearance Thursday.

          Mets: INF Jeff McNeil did not play because of a tight left hamstring.

          UP NEXT

          RHP Stephen Strasburg (4-3) starts Thursday's series finale for the Nationals and LHP Steven Matz (3-3) for the Mets.

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