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  • Nationals @ Mets: 08/09 7:10 PM ET; SNY, MASN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK

    GAME 116, HOME GAME 53

    Friday, 9th August,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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    Sizzling Mets Welcome Nats for Key Wild-Card Showdown

    The New York Mets raised a lot of eyebrows around baseball on July 28, when they acquired Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays despite only being on the fringes of wild-card contention in the National League.

    The Mets haven't stopped raising eyebrows since, and on Friday night, Stroman will make his home debut in the biggest game New York has played at Citi Field in almost three years.

    Stroman (6-11, 3.07 ERA) will oppose the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg (14-5, 3.72) in a battle of right-handers.

    Both teams were off Thursday after completing sweeps Wednesday. The Mets ran their winning streak to six games by beating the visiting Miami Marlins 7-2 to cap a four-game sweep. The Nationals maintained increased their lead atop the NL wild-card standings by defeating the host San Francisco Giants 4-1 to finish a three-game set.

    With their win over the Marlins, the Mets improved to 10-1 since acquiring Stroman. But their surge into contention actually began three days earlier with a 4-0 rubber-game win over the San Diego Padres.

    Since that victory, New York has gone 13-1 -- the club's best 14-game span since 1990 -- to surge over .500 and move from eight games out of a playoff spot to 59-56 and in a tight, five-team battle for the second NL wild card.

    "If we keep rolling the way we are -- I know we're getting down to the nitty-gritty -- but we've got a really awesome chance to do something really special and make a helluva run towards the end," said Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, who homered for the third straight game Wednesday and has 37 round-trippers, four shy of the single-season team record. "So we're just going to keep playing ball and see what happens."

    The Nationals are well-acquainted with season-saving runs. Washington fell a season-high 12 games under .500 with a 6-4 loss to the Mets on May 23, the finale of a four-game New York sweep at Citi Field. The Nationals then won 30 of their next 41 games to surge into a playoff position that they have occupied for more than a month.

    The success in San Francisco snapped a mini-skid for the Nationals, who entered the series with a 3-7 record in their previous 10 games.

    "That's a good sweep because we go to New York (and) these guys are playing really good right now," Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra told reporters after hitting a three-run homer Wednesday.

    Stroman, who was born and raised on Long Island about an hour east of Citi Field, didn't factor into the decision in his Mets debut on Saturday, when he allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in New York's 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Strasburg's seven-start winning streak was snapped Saturday, when he took the loss after giving up nine runs over 4 2/3 innings as the Nationals fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 18-7 in Phoenix.

    Stroman has never faced the Nationals. Strasburg is 9-5 with a 2.82 ERA in 20 career starts against the Mets.

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      • The Mets enter the series having won 13 of their last 14 games -- all against teams currently under .500 -- but will play 31 of their next 34 games against teams that presently have winning records. New York is 28-40 against teams currently .500 or better, with only the Marlins (28-60), Pirates (26-55) and Rockies (28-42) owning lower winning percentages vs. winning teams among the NL.
      • Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Giants was the Nationals' 29th straight in games where they've held opponents to three runs or fewer, the second-longest streak in franchise history. The Expos won 33 straight when allowing three or less runs from July 7-Sept. 27, 1987.
      • The Mets have won eight consecutive home games, their longest streak at Citi Field since a 12-game run from Sept. 27, 2014-April 23, 2015. They've homered 18 times over their last seven home games and are 14-1 since the All-Star break when going deep two or more times.
      • Gerardo Parra is 6-for-16 with two homers and seven RBI thus far on Washington's current road trip, and his .353 career average at Citi Field ranks second among active players (min. 100 PA), behind only the Mets' J.D. Davis (.394).
      • Stephen Strasburg is 23-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 28 road starts against NL East teams since April 30, 2015, with the Nationals going 25-3 in those games. Strasburg is also 11-0 over his last 16 overall starts within the division, tied with Dennis Martinez (Aug. 3, 1992-Aug. 11, 1993) for the longest unbeaten streak in team history against division opponents.
      • Marcus Stroman has held right-handed batters to a .219 average one year after they hit .295 off him. It's the largest decrease among major league pitchers from last season (min. 215 batters faced each season).
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          Top of 1:
          Nationals first. Turner hit an infield single to second. Eaton popped out to center fielder Conforto. Turner stole second. Rendon struck out. Soto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil struck out. Rosario flied out to right fielder Eaton. Conforto lined out to left fielder Soto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Nationals second. M.Adams struck out. Suzuki struck out. Dozier struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Alonso grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams. Davis struck out. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 3:
          Nationals third. Robles hit an infield single to third. Robles was caught stealing, catcher Ramos to shortstop Rosario, Robles out. Strasburg struck out. Turner struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. Frazier struck out. Panik flied out to left fielder Soto. Stroman flied out to center fielder Robles.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 4:
          Nationals fourth. Eaton singled to right. Rendon tripled to right, Eaton scored. Soto homered to right on a 1-0 count, Rendon scored. M.Adams singled to center. Suzuki grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Panik to first baseman Alonso, M.Adams out. Dozier grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 4

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. McNeil walked on a full count. Rosario grounded out, first baseman M.Adams unassisted, McNeil to second. Conforto popped out to third baseman Rendon. Alonso homered to left on a 1-0 count, McNeil scored. Davis homered to right on a 3-1 count. Ramos walked. Frazier popped out to second baseman Dozier.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 2

          Top of 5:
          Nationals fifth. Robles grounded out, pitcher Stroman to first baseman Alonso. Strasburg grounded out, pitcher Stroman to first baseman Alonso. Turner walked on a full count. Eaton singled to right, Turner to second. Rendon struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Panik struck out. Stroman struck out. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Dozier to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 6:
          Nationals sixth. Soto doubled to right. M.Adams singled to right, Soto to third. Suzuki grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to catcher Ramos to third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso, Soto out, M.Adams to third. Dozier lined out to shortstop Rosario. Robles was intentionally walked. Strasburg struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Rosario singled to center. Conforto singled to center, Rosario to third. Alonso lined out to second baseman Dozier. Davis struck out. Conforto stole second. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Top of 7:
          Nationals seventh. Turner walked on a full count. J.Wilson pitching. Eaton struck out. Rendon homered to left on the first pitch, Turner scored. Soto hit an infield single to first. On J.Wilson's wild pitch, Soto to second. Soto stole third. M.Adams struck out. Suzuki grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams. Panik lined out to left fielder Soto. Guillorme pinch-hitting for J.Wilson. Guillorme grounded out, first baseman M.Adams to pitcher Strasburg.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Nationals eighth. Gsellman pitching. Dozier grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Robles grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Stevenson pinch-hitting for Strasburg. Stevenson struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Hudson pitching. McNeil struck out. Rosario doubled to left. Conforto grounded out, first baseman M.Adams to pitcher Hudson, Rosario to third. Alonso grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 9:
          Nationals ninth. Turner singled to right. Eaton hit an infield single to shortstop, Turner to second. Rendon flied out to right fielder McNeil, Turner to third. Avilán pitching. Soto struck out. Eaton stole second. On Avilán's wild pitch, Turner scored, Eaton to third. M.Adams struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 9:
          Mets ninth. Doolittle pitching. Davis doubled to left. Ramos singled to center, Davis to third. Frazier homered to left on a 2-1 count, Davis scored, Ramos scored. Panik singled to center. Lagares pinch-hitting for Avilán. Lagares bunted into fielder's choice, third baseman Rendon to shortstop Turner, Panik out. McNeil popped out to right fielder Eaton. Rosario singled to left, Lagares to second. Conforto singled to right, Lagares scored, Rosario to second.
          Runs: 4, Hits: 6

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            Mets Rally for 4 in 9th, Rock Nats 7-6 for 7th Win in Row

            by SCOTT ORGERA

            -- Michael Conforto celebrating with his jersey ripped off. Dominic Smith joining the party on his scooter. A crowd that kept cheering long after the last swing.

            Hard to believe for a team that seemed cooked only a month ago, but the New York Mets and their fans are feeling like serious contenders.

            Todd Frazier clobbered a tying, three-run homer and Conforto then lined a game-ending single as the Mets stormed back in the ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals 7-6 Friday night for their seventh straight win.

            Trailing 6-3, the Mets rallied against closer Sean Doolittle to win for the 14th time in 15 games at pulsating Citi Field - New York had been 0-44 this year when trailing after eight innings. The Nationals hold the top spot in the NL wild-card race, the Mets are 1 1/2 games behind them.

            "You don't feel like you're out of a game when you're on a run like this. You can't really explain it to people," Frazier said.

            In what was once considered a lost season for each club at different points, a playoff atmosphere was palpable both in the stands and between the lines. It was arguably the biggest tilt at the ballpark since the 2016 NL wild-card game, with a near-sellout crowd seemingly hanging on every pitch.

            "The crowd brought it," said Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman, who sprinted from the clubhouse to the dugout in his boxer shorts when Frazier connected. "I don't think they realize how much we feed off that and how much that kind of gets us going."

            Mets rookie Pete Alonso homered in his fourth straight game, hitting his 38th of the season off Stephen Strasburg. J.D. Davis also connected as New York overcame an early 3-0 deficit.

            Davis and Wilson Ramos led off the ninth with hits off Doolittle and Frazier sent a drive into the second deck in left, sending the fans into a frenzy.

            Newly signed Joe Panik followed with a single and was wiped out by a fielder's choice. After Jeff McNeil was retired, Amed Rosario singled. Conforto followed with a hard liner over the head of right fielder Adam Eaton, scoring Juan Lagares for the victory with his first career walk-off hit.

            "We've always felt like we could compete with everybody in this division," Conforto said. "We started the year that way and I think our confidence is just building with each win."

            The entire team rushed Conforto on the outfield grass behind second base including the injured Smith, who ventured onto the field riding a scooter made necessary by a stress fracture in his left foot.

            "You've got Dom rolling out there with his wheelie or whatever, his wheelchair. I don't know what you call it," Frazier said. "You don't see it when you're losing."

            Alonso took the celebration to another level, taking the shirt right off Conforto's back.

            "In the moment decision. I mean, I was just happy I didn't know what to do," Alonso said. "So I just ripped his jersey off."

            Doolittle (6-4) blew his fifth save in 30 chances. He has been charged with 19 runs this season - 10 against the Mets, allowing 16 hits and two walks in just six innings over seven games.

            "I wasn't thinking about it at all until I was walking off the field. It wasn't like I was coming in here looking to exorcise any demons or anything like that," Doolittle said. "But walking off the field with that same sick feeling, it was kind of surreal."

            Acquired from Toronto for two minor leaguers on July 28, Stroman struck out a season-high nine in his first home game since the trade. The All-Star righty from Long Island exited to a standing ovation after walking Trea Turner to begin the seventh.

            Strasburg struck out six in seven innings, setting a Nationals/Expos franchise record with 1,625.

            "That's a testament to how hard he works," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "He's one of the staples to this organization."

            Washington temporarily silenced the raucous 39,602 in attendance when Anthony Rendon hit an RBI triple in the fourth. Juan Soto homered two pitches later, giving the Nationals a 3-0 lead with his 22nd homer.

            Alonso launched a two-run homer in the bottom half and Davis followed with a drive that made it 3-all.

            "I was having a ball out there. There's nothing like it," Alonso said. "We love that New York has our back here."

            Alonso bounded out of the dugout while Davis was rounding the bases and waved his hands in the air to encourage the fans to cheer even louder.

            Rendon hit a two-run homer, his 25th, in the seventh for a 5-3 lead. Reliever Luis Avilan (3-0) allowed the speedy Turner to race home and score on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth for a three-run lead.

            Signed by the Mets on Friday afternoon after his release from San Francisco, the Yonkers-born Panik manned second base and was 1 for 4.


            The last time New York went on a 14-1 run was 1990, when it eventually won 16 of 17.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (mild strain in upper back) threw on flat ground and might throw a bullpen session Saturday, according to Martinez. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fascitis in right foot) has started running at about 75-80 percent. He has continued to hit and field groundballs but has yet to run the bases.

            Mets: 2B Robinson Cano (torn left hamstring) hopes to play again this season but noted that there is no timetable for his return, a sentiment echoed by manager Mickey Callaway and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. ... OF Brandon Nimmo (bulging cervical disc) is continuing baseball activities and "ramping up," per Callaway. There is no date set for Nimmo to begin a rehab assignment.

            UP NEXT

            Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.43 ERA) will make his fifth start against New York this season. He is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in those contests.

            Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 3.96 ERA) is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break, striking out 39 over 35 1/3 innings. He has not allowed a homer since July 6.

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