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  • Nationals @ Mets: 05/23 12:10 PM ET; SNY, MASN2; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK



    GAME 49, HOME GAME 21

    Thursday, 23rd May,
    12:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    NATIONALS -- STANDINGS -- METS



    NATIONALS -- LEADERS -- METS



    NATIONALS -- BATTING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- PITCHING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



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    NATIONALS -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Nationals Aim to Avoid Series Sweep vs. Mets



    -- A four-game series between a pair of National League East rivals began Monday night with the New York Mets looking to end a disheartening slump. It will end Thursday with the visiting Washington Nationals attempting to do the same.

    The Nationals will look to avoid a sweep Thursday afternoon when right-hander Stephen Strasburg (4-3, 3.32 ERA) takes the mound against Mets left-hander Steven Matz (3-3, 3.96 ERA).

    The Nationals' bullpen frittered away another game Wednesday night, when the Mets scored six runs in the eighth inning of a 6-1 victory. Juan Lagares laced the go-ahead three-run double two batters before Rajai Davis hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in his first plate appearance for New York.

    The loss raised the Nationals' major-league-worst bullpen ERA to 6.89 and increased the stakes surrounding Thursday's game. Washington (19-30), which is 11 games under .500 for the first time since September 2011, is nine games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East.

    "I hate to say a sense of urgency, but I think this is the third week in May and we're down three in the series," said Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton, whose solo homer in the first inning accounted for Washington's only run Wednesday night. "We've got to put a good game (Thursday) and have a nice trip home, a happy trip home, and start the next series. It's got to happen soon."

    If not, the seat for Nationals manager Dave Martinez is likely to grow even hotter -- just as Mets manager Mickey Callaway's seat grew red-hot on Sunday, when the Miami Marlins completed a three-game sweep of New York. The Marlins hadn't swept anyone since the 2017 season.

    Hours after first-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen gave Callaway a public vote of confidence Monday afternoon, the Mets scored two first-inning runs on their way to a 5-3 win. New York mounted three comebacks Tuesday night before Wednesday night's dramatics.

    "When you win, you have a different air about you, a different confidence," Callaway said Wednesday night. "And I'm definitely feeling that part of it."

    The Mets are looking to complete their first four-game sweep of the Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise since July 1-4, 1991, in Montreal. New York last authored a four-game home sweep of the Nationals/Expos from May 15-18, 1972.

    Strasburg earned the win in the Nationals' most recent victory last Saturday, when he allowed two runs (one earned) over eight innings in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The eight innings pitched tied a season high for Strasburg, who has pitched at least six innings in nine of his 10 starts this year.

    Matz returned from the injured list last Saturday, when he took the loss after giving up two runs over 3 2/3 innings as the Mets fell 2-0 to the Marlins. He missed his previous two weeks due to radial nerve discomfort in his left forearm.

    Strasburg is 9-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 19 career starts against the Mets. Matz is 1-5 with a 3.60 ERA in 11 starts against the Nationals.

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        Top of 1:
        Nationals first. Turner flied out to right fielder C.Gómez. Eaton singled to left. Rendon singled to center, Eaton to third. Kendrick grounded into a double play, pitcher Matz to second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso, Rendon out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario fouled out to catcher Gomes. Davis grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman Kendrick. Frazier singled to left. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Nationals second. Soto tripled to center. Dozier struck out. Robles walked on a full count. Gomes grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso, Robles out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Ramos singled to center. C.Gómez flied out to center fielder Robles. Hechavarría flied out to right fielder Eaton. Lagares struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Nationals third. Strasburg struck out. Turner doubled to right. Eaton grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Rendon struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Matz was out bunting, pitcher Strasburg to first baseman Kendrick. Rosario grounded out, second baseman Dozier to first baseman Kendrick. Davis struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Kendrick grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Soto singled to right. Dozier doubled to left, Soto to third. Robles struck out. Gomes was intentionally walked. Strasburg struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Frazier walked on four pitches. Alonso struck out. Frazier was caught stealing, catcher Gomes to shortstop Turner, Frazier out. Ramos struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Turner grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Eaton singled to center. On center fielder Lagares' fielding error, Eaton to second. Rendon grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Kendrick lined out to left fielder Davis.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Turner grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Eaton singled to center. On center fielder Lagares' fielding error, Eaton to second. Rendon grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Kendrick lined out to left fielder Davis.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Soto doubled to left. Dozier hit an infield single to second, Soto to third. On second baseman Hechavarría's throwing error, Soto scored, Dozier to second. Dozier was out advancing, pitcher Matz to third baseman Frazier, Dozier out. Robles hit an infield single to second. Gomes struck out. Robles stole second. Strasburg struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Rosario lined out to center fielder Robles. Davis singled to right. Frazier was hit by a pitch, Davis to second. On Strasburg's wild pitch, Davis to third, Frazier to second. Alonso hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Robles, Davis scored, Frazier to third. Ramos hit an infield single to shortstop, Frazier scored. C.Gómez walked on four pitches, Ramos to second. Hechavarría flied out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Familia pitching. Turner grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Eaton grounded out, second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso. Rendon fouled out to shortstop Rosario.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Lagares flied out to right fielder Eaton. Davis pinch-hitting for Familia. Davis grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman Kendrick. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman Kendrick.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Nationals eighth. Gsellman pitching. Davis in as left fielder. Kendrick struck out. Soto walked on a full count. Dozier fouled out to catcher Ramos. Robles singled to center, Soto to third. Gomes doubled to center, Soto scored, Robles to third. Parra pinch-hitting for Strasburg. Parra singled to center, Robles scored, Gomes scored. Parra stole second. Turner struck out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. M.Adams in as first baseman. Suero pitching. Smith pinch-hitting for Gsellman. Smith doubled to left. Frazier struck out. Alonso struck out. Ramos was intentionally walked. C.Gómez homered to center on a 1-2 count, Smith scored, Ramos scored. Hechavarría struck out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 2

        Top of 9:
        Nationals ninth. Smith in as first baseman. Díaz pitching. Eaton struck out. Rendon grounded out, catcher Ramos unassisted. M.Adams struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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          Gómez HR Sinks Nats after Martinez Ejection, Mets Sweep


          by JAKE SEINER

          -- Turns out, the only thing Mets manager Mickey Callaway lost this week was his voice.

          Days after New York's front office declared support for its criticized, second-year skipper, Callaway's players rallied for another startling victory Thursday and a four-game sweep of the division-rival Nationals.

          Carlos Gomez slipped out of his shoe during an early dash, then hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning that helped the Mets overcome a comeback that started after Washington manager Dave Martinez's heated ejection for a 6-4 victory.

          Gomez bolted around the bases, smacking himself in the helmet and letting out a few joyous shouts after his two-out shot against Wander Suero (1-4). Players jumped out of the dugout and danced on the warning track while he rounded the bases, greeting him with flying handshakes and hugs.

          Callaway was already hoarse Thursday morning when he met with reporters. After Gomez's stunner, he could hardly get his pipes working.

          "Sorry for the voice," he said. "I've been screaming and yelling (through) these crazy games."

          Gomez delivered his first homer of the season in his seventh game. The 13-year major league veteran opened the year with Triple-A Syracuse, hoping to extend his playing days at Citi Field after breaking into the majors with the Mets as a 21-year-old in 2007.

          "I'm blessed," Gomez said. "Came back here in this situation and play the way that we're playing right now with a lot of energy, you know, I'm enjoying every single time. You guys can notice when I'm in the dugout or playing defense like a little kid. I'm enjoying every single moment."

          It was the third straight game New York beat Washington in its final turn at-bat.

          The Nationals seemed as if they'd snapped from their funk after Martinez's ejection in the eighth. Plate umpire Bruce Dreckman rang up Washington's Howie Kendrick for a strikeout as he tried to check his swing leading off, then tossed the veteran infielder. Martinez charged from the dugout, spiked his hat and kicked dirt on home plate while barking relentlessly at Dreckman.

          "I just didn't think he swung," Martinez said. "We just got into it. All I did was tell him to ask for help. That's why the first base umpire is there. He didn't like it."

          Juan Soto then walked against Robert Gsellman (1-0), Victor Robles singled, and Yan Gomes brought in Soto with a double. Gerardo Parra followed with a pinch-hit, two-run single for a 4-3 Washington lead.

          The Nationals have lost five straight and six of seven. Washington dropped to 19-31, a record better than only the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.

          Hardly the kind of start expected from an NL playoff hopeful.

          "You can't put a blame on one thing," Martinez said when asked where culpability fell. "You really can't. This is a team thing."

          The Mets swept the Nationals/Expos franchise over four games for the first time since July 1-4, 1991. It was the first four-game home sweep by New York in the series since May 15-18, 1972.

          New York is 18-13 against the NL East and 24-25 overall. The Mets enter a three-game series against Detroit hoping to climb over .500 for the first time since May 2.

          "Now we're winning ballgames, there's definitely a different air because of that," Callaway said. "But these guys have not quit one time. They're tremendous. That's an unbelievable comeback right there."

          Edwin Diaz retired the side in order in the ninth for his 12th save.

          Mets starter Steven Matz allowed 10 hits over six innings of one-run ball. Washington starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings.

          Starting with an unusual 12:10 p.m. first pitch, both teams looked short on caffeine. New York had two errors, Washington had one and both teams had players thrown out on the bases.

          SHOE FLY DON'T BOTHER

          Gomez stole second in the fifth inning and took third on catcher Gomes' throwing error, and his left shoe flew off in the process. Gomez never broke stride and scored two batters later on Juan Lagares' sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

          IT'LL BE ALL RIGHT

          New York placed infielders Robinson Cano (left quad strain) and Jeff McNeil (tight left hamstring) on the injured list prior to the game, leaving the team without two regular position players. The Mets went with an all right-handed lineup against a right-handed starting pitcher for the second time in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis in right foot) has experienced some pain running in recent days and will back off. He was still expected to hit in a batting cage Thursday.

          Mets: Luis Guillorme and Ryan O'Rourke were recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. ... New York claimed former Phillies OF Aaron Altherr off waivers from San Francisco and designated RHP Tim Peterson for assignment.

          UP NEXT

          Nationals: Open a four-game home series against Miami with RHP Kyle McGowin (0-0, 6.00) set to make his second career start. RHP Pablo Lopez (3-5, 5.06) is up for the Marlins.

          Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.50) starts the opener of a three-game home series against Detroit, opposing LHP Gregory Soto (0-2, 10.80).

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