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  • Mets @ Nationals: 09/03 7:05 PM ET; SNY, MASN, MLBN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK



    GAME 138, ROAD GAME 74

    Tuesday, 3rd September
    7:05 PM ET
    Nationals Park





    METS -- STANDINGS -- NATIONALS



    METS -- LEADERS -- NATIONALS



    METS -- BATTING -- NATIONALS



    METS -- PITCHING -- NATIONALS



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    NATIONALS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



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    Nationals' Scherzer, Mets' deGrom Set to Battle



    WASHINGTON -- For a short time in August, it appeared as if the last two pitchers to win the National League Cy Young Award might be headed for a winner-take-all clash in the wild-card game on the first Tuesday of October.

    As it turns out, the final meeting of the season between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer could take place on the first Tuesday of September.

    DeGrom (8-8, 2.66 ERA) will look to pull the Mets closer in the race for the second NL wild card when he takes the mound against Scherzer (9-5, 2.46 ERA) in the third matchup of the season between the aces.

    The Mets cruised to a 7-3 win in the series opener Monday afternoon, when Noah Syndergaard earned the victory by striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings.

    The win was just the third in the last 10 games for the Mets, who are 9-11 since Aug. 10, when they capped one of the hottest streaks in team history and pulled within a half-game of a wild-card spot with a 4-3 win over the Nationals. That was the 15th victory in 16 games for New York, a span in which it gained eight games in the wild-card race.

    With Monday's win, the Mets remained four games behind the Chicago Cubs, who currently hold second wild-card spot. The Cubs beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Monday.

    At this point in the season, merely treading water -- especially in a day game following a night game, as the Mets fell 5-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night -- qualifies as a victory for teams on the outside of the playoff picture.

    "We've got a night game (Tuesday), rest tonight and (Tuesday) morning," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Monday. He added of his players, "They did a great job. Tough circumstances, but they stepped it up big-time."

    The Nationals, meanwhile, have gone a baseball-best 16-4 since Aug. 11 to cement themselves as the wild-card favorite. Washington is 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs in the race for home field in the one-game playoff.

    But for all intents and purposes, the playoffs are also beginning early for the Nationals, who on Monday began a stretch of 16 straight games against the Mets and three teams -- the NL East rival Atlanta Braves, the Minnesota Twins, and the St. Louis Cardinals -- that lead their divisions.

    "It's going to be hard, but I think that's what you want going into the postseason," Nationals shortstop Trea Turner told reporters Monday. "People don't luck their way into the postseason. If we want to be there at the end of the day, we're going to have to play these teams and get some wins."

    DeGrom, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, took the loss last Thursday, when he gave up four runs over seven innings as the Mets fell 4-1 to the Cubs. Scherzer, who won the NL Cy Young in 2016 and 2017, didn't factor into the decision last Wednesday, when he allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Nationals' 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

    Scherzer has pitched a total of 8 1/3 innings in two starts since returning from a month-long stint on the injured list caused by a mid-back strain.

    DeGrom is 8-4 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 career starts against the Nationals. Scherzer is 10-5 with a 2.47 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) against the Mets, whom he no-hit on Oct. 3, 2015.

    The Mets won both deGrom-Scherzer matchups this season -- on Opening Day in Washington on March 28 and in New York on May 22.

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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M.Adams. Alonso struck out. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Nationals first. Turner popped out to second baseman Panik. A.Cabrera doubled to center. Rendon grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom, A.Cabrera to third. Soto doubled to center, A.Cabrera scored. M.Adams struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Ramos struck out. Nimmo walked on a full count. Panik lined out to left fielder Soto. Nimmo stole second. Frazier struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Nationals second. Suzuki grounded out, shortstop Guillorme to first baseman Alonso. Parra struck out. Robles doubled to left. Scherzer struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Guillorme struck out, catcher Suzuki to first baseman M.Adams. deGrom grounded out, first baseman M.Adams to pitcher Scherzer. McNeil grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M.Adams.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Nationals third. Turner singled to center. Turner stole second. A.Cabrera walked. Rendon grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Panik to first baseman Alonso, Turner to third, A.Cabrera out. Soto lined out to center fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Alonso singled to right. Conforto singled to right, Alonso to second. Ramos doubled to left, Alonso scored, Conforto to third. Nimmo hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Robles, Conforto scored. Panik homered to right on the first pitch, Ramos scored. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams. Guillorme doubled to right. deGrom struck out.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 5

        Bottom of 4:
        Nationals fourth. M.Adams struck out. Suzuki flied out to center fielder Nimmo. Parra struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. McNeil grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman M.Adams. Alonso flied out to left fielder Soto. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Robles walked on a full count. Scherzer sacrificed, pitcher deGrom to first baseman Alonso, Robles to second. Turner grounded out, shortstop Guillorme to first baseman Alonso, Robles to third. A.Cabrera grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman M.Adams. Nimmo flied out to left fielder Soto. Panik popped out to shortstop Turner.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Rendon lined out to right fielder Conforto. Soto was hit by a pitch. M.Adams singled to right, Soto to second. Suzuki singled to center, Soto scored, M.Adams to second. Parra grounded into a double play, second baseman Panik to shortstop Guillorme to first baseman Alonso, Suzuki out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Suero pitching. Frazier flied out to left fielder Soto. Guillorme walked. deGrom lined out to left fielder Soto. Guillorme was picked off, pitcher Suero to first baseman M.Adams.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Robles fouled out to first baseman Alonso. Stevenson pinch-hitting for Suero. Stevenson walked on a full count. Turner lined out to center fielder Nimmo. A.Cabrera struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Elías pitching. McNeil homered to right on a 1-1 count. Alonso singled to left. Conforto popped out to first baseman M.Adams. Ramos grounded into a double play, third baseman Rendon to second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman M.Adams, Alonso out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 8:
        Nationals eighth. Rendon hit an infield single to shortstop. Soto homered to center on a 2-0 count, Rendon scored. Lugo pitching. Nido in as catcher. M.Adams popped out to shortstop Guillorme. Suzuki fouled out to first baseman Alonso. Parra popped out to shortstop Guillorme.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Nimmo homered to right on the first pitch. Panik singled to left. Hudson pitching. Lagares pinch-running for Panik. On Hudson's wild pitch, Lagares to second. Frazier remained at bat on foul pop fielding error by first baseman M.Adams. Frazier walked on a full count. Guillorme lined out to left fielder Soto. Nido grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams, Lagares to third, Frazier to second. McNeil singled to center, Lagares scored, Frazier scored. McNeil to second. Alonso homered to center on a 0-2 count, McNeil scored. Ja.Guerra pitching. Conforto flied out to center fielder Robles.
        Runs: 5, Hits: 4

        Bottom of 9:
        Nationals ninth. McNeil in as second baseman. Sewald pitching. Nimmo in as left fielder. Lagares in as center fielder. Robles hit an infield single to shortstop. Kendrick pinch-hitting for Ja.Guerra. Kendrick flied out to right fielder Conforto. Turner doubled to right, Robles scored. A.Cabrera singled to center, Turner to third. Rendon singled to left, Turner scored, A.Cabrera to second. Avilán pitching. Soto singled to right, A.Cabrera to third, Rendon to second. Zimmerman pinch-hitting for M.Adams. Díaz pitching. Zimmerman doubled to right, A.Cabrera scored, Rendon scored, Soto to third. Taylor pinch-running for Zimmerman. Suzuki homered to left on a full count, Soto scored, Taylor scored.
        Runs: 7, Hits: 7

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          Suzuki HR Caps Nats' Best 9th-Inning Rally, Beats Mets 11-10



          WASHINGTON -- A few cheering fans caught the attention of Nationals manager Dave Martinez as he finally began his nightly debrief with reporters.

          "Thank you for staying," Martinez said.

          They couldn't have been blamed for leaving early. No doubt, they're glad they didn't.

          Kurt Suzuki capped the largest ninth-inning comeback in Nationals franchise history with a game-ending, three-run homer, helping Washington score seven runs in its final at-bat to stun the New York Mets 11-10 Tuesday night.

          "With the at bats everyone was putting on that inning, I didn't want to kill the rally," Suzuki said. "I wanted to come through just like everyone else was."

          Mets relievers Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz pitched through the meltdown, retiring just one batter while Washington rallied for its 20th win in 26 games. The Nationals/Expos franchise had never won a game after trailing by at least six runs in the ninth or later.

          "It's been a crazy year," said Nationals veteran Ryan Zimmerman, who hit a two-run pinch double during the rally. "That's the only way to sum it up. For me, for the team, for everyone. It kind of fits into the narrative, I guess."

          New York led 10-4 after scoring five runs in the top of the ninth. Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 26 games and Pete Alonso crushed his 44th homer to put the Mets in position for a win over the current leaders in the NL wild-card hunt.

          Mets manager Mickey Callaway lifted reliever Seth Lugo after he retired all three hitters he faced in the eighth. Lugo routinely gets six outs per outing, but Callaway thought the lead was safe enough to go deeper into the bullpen.

          "We had a six-run lead," Callaway said. "Major league pitchers got to be able to hold that."

          Sewald allowed four hits to his five batters, including Trea Turner's RBI double and Anthony Rendon's RBI single. Avilan allowed a single to load the bases, and then Diaz (1-7) relieved and allowed a two-run double to Zimmerman followed by Suzuki's blast.

          "It kind of just seemed like a bad dream," Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said. "I don't know. That's hard to do even in a Little League game I feel like, come back from (six) runs down in the bottom of the ninth against guys throwing 99 mph. I don't really have words for it."

          Suzuki pointed into the home dugout before rounding first base, pumped his fist at second and was swarmed by teammates at home plate. It was his 16th homer of the season.

          "The difference was that that team didn't let up at any moment," Diaz said through an interpreter. "I was throwing my pitches. I thought I was executing my fastball, my slider and it just happened to be that he got me. He was waiting on that pitch and he hit it out."

          Javy Guerra (3-1) retired the only batter he faced to end the Mets' ninth.

          Washington is the first team to allow five or more runs in the top of the ninth and get even more in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off win since the Red Sox on June 18, 1962 against the Washington Senators, according to STATS.

          New York's five-run ninth was aided when Turner forgot how many outs there were and passed on a possible double-play grounder with one out, instead throwing to first.

          The game began as a duel between the most recent NL Cy Young Award winners. Washington's Max Scherzer allowed four runs and five hits while striking out seven in six innings, the longest of his three starts since coming off the injured list last month.

          New York's Jacob deGrom was in firm control for much of his outing, which ended abruptly in the eighth after Rendon's infield single and Juan Soto's two-run blast to right-center pulled Washington within 5-4. In seven-plus innings, deGrom yielded four runs while striking out six.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: 2B Robinson Cano (torn left hamstring) was activated from the injured list less than a month after suffering what had the potential to be a season-ending injury. "I don't want to say that I'm surprised because I worked really hard," Cano said. "I'm just happy to be back right now."

          Nationals: An MRI revealed OF Adam Eaton has a bone bruise near his right knee. Eaton, who was injured Wednesday and left Monday's game after two innings when his knee stiffened, was available to pinch hit.

          MISSING OUT

          Scherzer couldn't offer much of a perspective on Suzuki's homer. He was holed up in the video room and, sticking with superstition, didn't come out to witness any of the comeback.

          "I wasn't watching and things were happening," Scherzer said. "Don't all the sudden jump on the bandwagon. If you weren't watching before, why start watching?"

          CALLUPS

          Washington recalled INF Wilmer Difo from Triple-A Fresno and OF Michael A. Taylor from Double-A Harrisburg. Difo hit .300 with four homers and 30 RBIs after his mid-May demotion, while Taylor hit .248 with nine homers and 35 RBIs in 57 games for Harrisburg.

          METS PROMOTIONS

          New York promoted Bryn Alderson, son of former general manager Sandy Alderson, to professional scouting director and Jeff Lebow to assistant director of professional scouting. Lebow joined the Mets' organization in 2011, while Alderson did in 2012.

          UP NEXT

          Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.41 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in four starts against Washington this season, is set to start for New York.

          Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.80), who is 8-0 with a 3.21 ERA in his last 16 starts, takes the hill as Washington concludes an eight-game homestand.

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