Final Score: Mets 11 Nationals 3

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Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and was great once again, throwing 99 pitches and allowing two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, earning his seventh win of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.36 for the season.

The Mets scored six runs in the third inning thanks to an RBI single by Daniel Murphy, a sac fly by Ike Davis, an RBI single by Matt den Dekker, an RBI on a walk from Zack Wheeler, and a two-run single by Eric Young Jr.

Young, Murphy, Lagares and Satin each had three hits tonight, and d’Arnaud recorded his second career multiple-hit game.

Young also stole two bases, drove two runs in and was one of four Mets who scored two runs tonight.

Murphy now has nine hits in his last three games.

Lagares recorded his league-best 12th outfield assist in the eighth inning.

Den Dekker recorded his first career hit and RBI in the third inning.

The 17 hits tonight set a season high for the Mets, and the six runs scored in the third inning tied a season high for runs scored.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Michael Baron, Contributor

There were a lot of strong takeaways from this game.

First, Wheeler was fantastic again, and this team he got the win he deserved for his strong effort. He was able to maintain his velocity from start to finish and showed outstanding off-speed stuff all night long. He told me last weekend he’s learning how to cope with fatigue, and the last two starts have shown he is doing a good job of dealing with the wear and tear of a long season. He has shown a lot of growth and progress over the last month or so, and with Matt Harvey’s immediate future in serious question, that is a great and important sign for this club.

Second, it looks like d’Arnaud is getting more and more comfortable at the plate. He’s hit at every level of his professional career, and so it was a matter of time before he caught up to the speed of the Major League game. It’s easy to forget d’Arnaud has missed most of the last two seasons due to injury, and so he does have some catchup to do while he’s here. But again, there have been some very encouraging signs with his swing, balance, and approach over the last few games. My bet is he’s going to be just fine.

Lastly, how about Juan Lagares? When he was first called up, I remember Sandy Alderson saying Lagares’ bat was not ready for the big leagues, but was promoted because they had a need in the outfield. To say Lagares is a phenomenal outfielder understates his talent out there – he played his first big league game in right field tonight and looked like he has been playing there for years. But his bat has been a huge bonus, and has gotten better since he was first called up. In fact, including tonight, he’s hit .297 with a .766 OPS since June 20. Imagine if he walked a little more? He has to be in the discussion for a full time job in 2014 at this point.

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The Mets will look for the series sweep against the Nationals tomorrow night at Nationals Park, with Jon Niese facing Ross Ohlendorf at 8:05 PM.