Final Score Nationals 5 Mets 2

The Mets (47-51) lost to the Nationals (58-39) by the score of 5-2 today at Citi Field.

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Stephen Strasburg held the Mets to four hits in seven innings while striking out 11.

Ike Davis hit a solo home run, his 16th of the year, in the second inning. 

Jeremy Hefner gave up three runs — two earned — on six hits, two walks and a career-high seven strikeouts in six innings.

Hefner’s two earned runs came on back-to-back solo home runs by Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa in the second inning. 

Tim Byrdak gave up a two-run bomb to Adam LaRoche in the seventh inning.

It was the Mets first 0-6 home stand since 2002.

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

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Meredith Perri: Considering the way starting pitching has gone for the Mets the past few games, I was pleased with Hefner’s performance. Sure, he gave up the two home runs in the second inning, but even after the error by Thole allowed the Nats to score their third run, Hefner kept the Mets in the game.

The Mets offense was practically non-existent during this game. They could not come up with anything against Stephen Strasburg — the only run he gave up was Davis’ homer in the second inning. In a game where David Wright strikes out three times, other players need to fill the void, and that did not happen. Even in the eighth inning when it looked like the Mets had their best scoring opportunity, the bases loaded on three-straight walks. There wasn’t a single hit in the inning.

As far as the bullpen, I thought the interaction between Tim Byrdak and Dan Warthen was really interesting to watch after Byrdak gave up the two-run home run to LaRoche. Byrdak clearly did not want to throw the pitch that Thole called, but Thole received his orders from the bench. While Byrdak initially showed frustration with Thole, he eventually apologized to his catcher and then argued with Warthen in the dugout. Byrdak is still at fault for throwing a fastball down the middle, but I’m honestly curious about the dynamic between the bullpen pitchers and Warthen right now.

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The Mets will begin an 11-game stretch on the road tomorrow when Matt Harvey makes his Major League debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks and LHP Wade Miley (11-5, 3.02 ERA).

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: