Final Score: Nationals 5 Mets 1

The Mets (65-76) lost to the Nationals (87-54) tonight by a score of 5-1.

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Collin McHugh allowed five runs on five hits, including three homeruns, and two walks while striking out three over four innings pitched.

Scott Hairston hit his 16th homerun of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning.

Ruben Tejada, Andres Torres and Daniel Murphy each had a hit tonight.

Elvin Ramirez and Jeurys Familia each pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Ramon Ramirez also pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

The Mets were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven men on base.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.

Mike Nichols

It was another “el stinko” performance for the Mets offense tonight. They had a couple chances against an unusually wild Gio Gonzalez, but couldn’t manage a clutch two-out hit in either the third or fourth innings.

Collin McHugh deserved better, but a dropped pop up by Kelly Shoppach later turned into three unearned runs for the Nationals. With the Mets offense nearing historic futility that was all she wrote.

The bright side tonight was the Mets bullpen throwing five hitless innings, including two very impressive innings from Jeurys Familia. Really, as a whole, the Mets pen in the second half has been one of the positives. Even with the positive performances out of the pen, my hope is this won’t preclude Sandy Alderson and company from looking to improve the pen during the offense.

Another positive. Scott Hairston, who hit his 16th homerun of the season tonight. 16. Think about that. The Mets are now 11 games under .500. Where would they be without Hairston? Scary thought, isn’t it.

The Mets continue their series against the Nationals tomorrow night with R.A. Dickey (18-4, 2.64 ERA) taking on Jordan Zimmermann (10-8, 2.99 ERA). Game time is 7:10 PM.