Final Score: Nationals 3 Mets 2

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Bobby Parnell blew his third save of the season in the ninth and lost thanks to a leadoff double to Ryan Zimmerman, an RBI single by Adam LaRoche, a double by Ian Desmond, and Steve Lombardozzi hit a sacrifice fly to score LaRoche to win it for Washington.

Jeremy Hefner allowed only a solo home run to Ian Desmond, with seven strikeouts, over seven innings.

Omar Quintanilla drove in two with a two-run triple in the fifth inning.

Jordany Valdespin reached base three times, one of which was on an error by Jordan Zimmermann in the seventh inning.

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Michael Baron, Contributor

That was the first outing this season Parnell was just throwing the ball as hard as he could, and not strategically pitching. Two or three balls just sailed on him – one of which was a wild pitch to allow Ryan Zimmerman to reach third base – and he could not compose himself out there. He never went to his knuckle-curve and was trying to power his way through with the fastball, a strategy he employed before last season. The outing by Parnell erased what would have been a nice and badly needed win after a disastrous weekend in Miami, but instead the Mets prolonged their losing streak and erased an awesome job by Jeremy Hefner tonight. He did everything the Mets wanted and needed him to do tonight, but Parnell just didn’t get it done to save the game for him.

Speaking of Hefner, he had a great slider going tonight and had great downward action on all of his pitches. He made one mistake on the home run by Desmond in the second inning, but he did a great job to buckle down and work out of a huge bases loaded jam in the sixth inning. That would have been a pivotal moment in a Met win tonight, but we all know how it turned out. No matter, Hefner has been very good over the last month. Terry Collins is going to have a difficult decision on who to replace in the rotation once Zack Wheeler arrives, but I think that’s a good problem for this team…

Quintanilla’s offense has been a breath of fresh air for this team. He’s spraying the ball all over the field, getting on-base, and doing his best to make things happen at the top of the lineup. He’s toiled around for a while now, but he’s taken advantage of most of the opportunities he’s been given over the last couple of seasons.

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The Mets will look to even their series against the Nationals tomorrow night at Nationals Park, with Dillon Gee facing Dan Haren at 7:05 pm.