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



    GAME 117, HOME GAME 54

    Saturday, 10th August,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





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    NATIONALS -- BATTING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- PITCHING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



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    NATIONALS -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    On Amazing Run, Mets Face Nationals Again



    Todd Frazier tried to temper expectations Friday night for the surging New York Mets.

    "You're not going to sweep everybody," the New York third baseman said. "In a perfect world, that'd be great. But we understand that's not going to happen."

    The Mets will try to continue their stunning foray into playoff contention Saturday night when they host the Washington Nationals in the middle game of a three-game series.

    Right-hander Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 3.96 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for New York against Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.43).

    The Mets ran their winning streak to seven games in dramatic fashion Friday night, when Frazier hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth before Michael Conforto laced the walk-off RBI single with two outs to lift New York to a 7-6 win.

    The win was the 14th in the past 15 games for the Mets -- their best 15-game stretch since they went 14-1 from June 20-July 6, 1990 -- and kept them on the cusp of a National League wild-card spot.

    New York, which was eight games out of the second wild card following play July 25, enter Saturday a half-game behind the second wild-card position, currently held by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets are tied in the race with the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. The three teams are all 1 1/2 games back of the Nationals, who hold the first wild card.

    "I think our confidence is just building with each win,"Conforto said. "We've got enough talent in this room to do something special."

    The loss was doubly stinging for the Nationals, who also blew a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning as they fell to 5-9 against the Mets this season. Each of New York's last four wins at home against Washington have come in the final at-bat.

    Sean Doolittle, who gave up all four runs in the ninth inning Friday, was tagged for the final four runs of a six-run eighth inning the last time he pitched at Citi Field on May 22.

    "I've got to be honest, I wasn't thinking about it at all until I was walking off the field," Doolittle said after the Nationals had their three-game winning streak snapped. "It wasn't like I was coming in here looking to exorcise any demons or anything like that. But walking off the field with that same sick feeling, it was kind of surreal."

    Syndergaard earned the win in his most recent start last Sunday, when he gave up one run over seven innings as the Mets cruised past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-2.

    Corbin also pitched Sunday, and didn't factor into the decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks when he allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in the Nationals' 7-5 loss.

    Syndergaard is 4-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 15 career starts against the Nationals, whom he's faced more than any opponent. Corbin is 2-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) against the Mets.

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        Top of 1:
        Nationals first. Turner struck out. Eaton walked on a full count. Eaton stole second. Rendon grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Soto homered to center on a full count, Eaton scored. M. Adams singled to center. A. Cabrera singled to right, M. Adams to second. Robles struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil grounded out, first baseman M. Adams unassisted. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M. Adams. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Nationals second. Gomes lined out to center fielder Lagares. Corbin struck out. Turner singled to left. Turner stole second. Eaton grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Davis grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M. Adams. Ramos struck out. Conforto singled to center. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M. Adams.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Nationals third. Rendon singled to left. Soto walked, Rendon to second. M. Adams grounded into a double play, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso, Rendon to third, Soto out. A. Cabrera flied out to center fielder Lagares.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Lagares struck out. Syndergaard struck out. McNeil struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Robles struck out. Gomes flied out to right fielder Conforto. Corbin grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Rosario grounded out, pitcher Corbin to first baseman M. Adams. Alonso struck out. Davis homered to center on a full count. Ramos homered to left on a 1-0 count. Conforto fouled out to third baseman Rendon.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Turner struck out. Eaton grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Rendon grounded out, pitcher Syndergaard to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams. Lagares grounded out, first baseman M.Adams unassisted. Syndergaard walked on a full count. McNeil grounded out, pitcher Corbin to first baseman M.Adams.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Soto flied out to right fielder Conforto. M.Adams singled to right. A.Cabrera lined out to center fielder Lagares. Robles popped out to second baseman McNeil.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams. Alonso struck out. Davis struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Gomes flied out to center fielder Lagares. Stevenson pinch-hitting for Corbin. Stevenson singled to left. Turner grounded into a double play, second baseman McNeil to shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Stevenson out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Strickland pitching. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M.Adams. Conforto flied out to right fielder Eaton. Frazier struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Nationals eighth. McNeil in as third baseman. Lugo pitching. Panik in as second baseman. Eaton flied out to left fielder Davis. Rendon struck out. Soto homered to right on a 2-1 count. M.Adams grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Lugo.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Rodney pitching. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Lagares. Guillorme homered to right on a full count. Panik safe at first on throwing error by shortstop Turner. McNeil singled to center, Panik to second. Hudson pitching. Rosario grounded out, pitcher Hudson to first baseman M.Adams, Panik to third, McNeil to second. Alonso was intentionally walked. Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Eaton, Panik scored, McNeil to third. Ramos flied out to center fielder Robles.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 9:
        Nationals ninth. McNeil in as left fielder. Altherr in as center fielder. Guillorme in as third baseman. A.Cabrera lined out to right fielder Conforto. Robles struck out. Parra pinch-hitting for Gomes. Parra struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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          Mets Work More Magic, Rally Past Nats 4-3 for 8th Win in Row


          by JAKE SEINER

          -- As Mets rookie Luis Guillorme stepped in to lead off the eighth inning, teammate J.D. Davis was in the clubhouse, studying video of Washington's struggling bullpen. He had just queued up tape of Daniel Hudson - a hard-throwing righty warming in the bullpen - when he heard a roar from down the tunnel.

          Hard to imagine a few weeks back, but this fervor in Flushing is making waves across the National League.

          "We have all the confidence in the world right now with us," Davis said. "But some things that we're doing right now, we're surprising ourselves."

          Guillorme picked a perfect time for his first big league homer - a tying shot to start the eighth - Davis added a go-ahead sacrifice fly a few batters later and New York worked its magic again, beating the Nationals 4-3 Saturday night for its season-best eighth straight victory.

          The Mets have won 15 of 16 and are on their best roll since a 16-1 run in 1990. They pulled within a half-game of Washington for the first wild card and will try for a three-game sweep Sunday - just a month after having the second-worst record in the entire NL.

          They did it by beating Washington's bullpen for the second consecutive night.

          Juan Soto put the Nats ahead 3-2 with his second home run of the game in the eighth inning, but Guillorme countered with a pinch-hit, no-doubter off Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the inning. Guillorme entered with a .192 average in 56 major league games, and sold-out Citi Field had already erupted before he realized the line drive would easily clear the fence.

          "I think it took a split-second to know," said Guillorme, who had the home run ball waiting in his locker. "I don't hit many of those. It was a great feeling."

          Mets manager Mickey Callaway said a home run was "toward the end" of his list of potential outcomes for Guillorme in that spot.

          "You just want a good at-bat, whether he makes him throw some pitches, bunt and get on, or single," Callaway said. "But we'll take the homer."

          After two more Mets reached against Rodney (0-5), manager Dave Martinez went to Hudson. The right-hander got one out, intentionally walked slugger Pete Alonso, and then Davis drove an 0-2 pitch to deep right field that brought in newcomer Joe Panik for the tie breaking run.

          Wilson Ramos, celebrating his 32nd birthday, followed with a two-out drive to right-center, but Victor Robles made a leaping catch against the wall to end the inning.

          It was the second consecutive blown save for Washington's bullpen and 22nd this season, tying the Mets for most in the majors. Closer Sean Doolittle allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-6 loss Friday night.

          "We've got to come back tomorrow and will it," Martinez said. "I told the boys, `Hey, we've got to will it tomorrow.'"

          Soto hit a two-run drive in the first inning against Noah Syndergaard, and the 2-0 lead held until Davis and Ramos hit consecutive solo shots off Patrick Corbin in the fourth.

          Soto struck again in the eighth against Seth Lugo (5-2), ending the reliever's string of 14 consecutive scoreless appearances. Lugo got two outs to tie the Mets record with 26 consecutive batters retired before Soto hit a no-doubter to right field.

          Soto has 24 homers this season, and the 20-year-old already has four career multihomer games.

          "He's feeling the energy," Martinez said. "He's very poised, he goes out there and he's getting pitches to hit. He's taking pitches that he should be taking. He's doing really well."

          Lugo also pitched the ninth as All-Star closer Edwin Diaz warmed in the bullpen. Callaway said he wanted to ride the converted starting pitcher, figuring he'd be unavailable Sunday regardless. Diaz has had his struggles in the closer role this year, but Callaway said he would be New York's go-to reliever if it faces a save situation Sunday.

          Fans lined up outside Citi Field five hours before first pitch and many stood and clapped for lineup introductions as if it were opening day. The buzz died a bit after Soto's first-inning homer, but Davis and Ramos got it rocking again in the fourth. The park had an October feel the rest of the night.

          "I think it's pretty reminiscent of what happened in 2015," said Syndergaard, referencing New York's run to the World Series, where it lost to Kansas City.

          Aside from homers by Davis and Ramos, Corbin only allowed one other hit. He struck out eight over six innings.

          Syndergaard, pitching to Ramos for the first time since June 15, threw seven innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts and seven hits allowed.

          GOOD HANDS

          Quality control coach Luis Rojas presented New York's lineup card to umpires during a seven-game winning streak from July 25 until Aug. 1. A game after the string ended, Callaway passed the responsibility to third base coach Gary DiSarcina and challenged him to do better. New York started this eight-game run that day.

          "Call me superstitious, but I think it's about who takes the card out," Callaway said.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (mild strain in upper back) threw a 36-pitch bullpen at nearly full effort and came out feeling well. The club will evaluate him Sunday before laying out a next step, but manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer will likely throw at least one more bullpen before getting into a game.

          Mets: OF Tim Tebow is expected to miss the rest of the minor league season due to a cut on his left hand. The 31-year-old hit .163 in 77 games during his first season with Triple-A Syracuse but hasn't played since July 21 after injuring himself fielding a ball in the outfield.

          UP NEXT

          Mets ace Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.77) is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his past six starts. He'll try to stay hot against National RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 3.67) in Sunday's series finale.

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