The New York Mets (57-64) lost to the Washington Nationals (75-46) today by a score of 5-2.
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Jeremy Hefner (2-5) threw five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits in a losing effort. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.
Danny Espinosa opened the scoring with a two-run home run off Hefner in the second.
Bryce Harper homered, tripled, drove in two runs, and scored twice.
The Mets had 11 hits, but were a combined 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Kelly Shoppach was one of five Mets with two hits today. His second hit of the game drove in the Mets second run.
Daniel Murphy was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after being rung up to end the top of the eighth.
The Mets dropped to 4-7 in rubber games this season. They have lost nine of 11 series in the second half.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.
Brian Erni, MetsBlog.com:Nice to see David Wright chip in with a multi-hit effort today. After a red hot first half, Wright has leveled out a bit, hitting .244 in the second half coming into this game. Even though there were some pitches that Wright fouled back that he probably would tell you he could and should have driven, the approach seemed a lot more sound. So..there’s at least something to take out of this afternoon.
Murphy was pretty hot at rookie home plate umpire Jordan Baker. And while it doesn’t count for anything, it’s nice to at least see Murph get amped up after losing an at bat in a game and a season that has plummeted into irrelevance. Will Murphy be a part of this team when it’s a winner? I’m not sure, but he has the attitude that makes me hope that he is.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra:
The Mets will return home to Citi Field tomorrow to open a four-game series against the Rockies. R.A. Dickey (15-4, 2.89 ERA) will oppose Alex White (2-6, 5.74 ERA). Game time is 7:10 PM.