Final Score: Nationals 5 Mets 3

The Mets (65-77) lost to the Nationals (88-54) tonight by a score of 5-3. 

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R.A. Dickey (18-5) threw seven innings and allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks and struck out two.

With a 2-1 lead, Dickey surrendered a pinch hit, two run home run to Tyler Moore that gave Washington the lead for good.

The Nationals tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth, both of which were charged to Frank Francisco.

Ruben Tejada went 3-for-5 with a run scored out of the lead off spot.

Daniel Murphy drove in the Mets’ first run in the fifth with his 36th double of the season.

David Wright followed with an RBI single: his 81st run batted in of 2012.

Scott Hairston tied his career high for home runs in a season (17) with a pinch hit, solo shot in the ninth.

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

Brian Erni

In what is a borderline miracle these days, the Mets’ offense scratched out two runs in the fifth inning. And as Dickey employed a bend-but-don’t-break arsenal tonight, it looked as though it might be enough to get R.A. his 19th win of the season. But Kurt Suzuki led off the seventh with a single to left, and Davey Johnson called upon Moore to pinch hit. On the first pitch of the at bat, Dickey threw a knuckleball that didn’t do much, and Moore drilled it over the Party City Deck and into the Left Field Reserve.

It was a solid night for Tejada. Not only did he collect the three hits, but Tejada executed a slick 6-6-3 double play on Bryce Harper’s bouncer up the middle to end the seventh. With Jayson Werth on first, Tejada got to the ball a step behind the second base bag, barely touched it with his toe, and worked himself into a throwing position with some slick footwork to get Harper at first. There hasn’t been a lot to be excited about in the last few months in Queens, but I do look forward to seeing how Tejada can follow up this impressive campaign.

A lot has been written about it already, so I won’t bore you with another long-winded diatribe on the first responder caps that the Mets wore during pre-game, but not during their contest with the Nats tonight. All I’ll say is this: to me, MLB’s stance on this is wrong, foolish, and reeks of a merchandising ploy. Nevertheless, we will never forget September 11th, and it’s always poignant for me to watch the Mets play on this solemn day of remembrance.  

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

Matt Harvey (3-4, 3.04 ERA) will start the series finale tomorrow evening. He’ll be opposed by John Lannan (2-0, 3.46 ERA). Game time is scheduled for 7:10 PM.