Dillon Gee started for the Mets and wasn’t at his best, but he managed to go 6 1/3 innings while allowing four runs.
Tim Byrdak allowed a pinch-hit, two-run home run to Scott Hairston in the ninth inning.
Justin Turner drove in a run in the fourth inning, and Matt den Dekker drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning.
Travis d’Arnaud recorded his third multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
The Nationals have hit eight home runs against the Mets in the first two games of this series.
The Mets are now 28-39 against the National League East this season.
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Michael Baron, ContributorWhile watching these games which have such an irrelevant feeling to them, I am trying to look for positives to pull out of even the ugliest of results. In watching Gee tonight, he wasn’t great; he struggled with his command of the strike zone, left a lot of balls up, and got hit around for most of the night. But, he stuck to his game plan, used all of his pitches in all counts, and was able to keep himself in this game. If this was in April or May, Gee might have been knocked out early in this game. But, he has made some huge strides this season, and I believe his ability to hang in tonight is a testament to that.
Another positive was Matt den Dekker’s at-bat in the sixth inning. He had an opportunity with runners at second and third, and he shortened up his swing and took the ball the other way to drive two runs in. I totally expected him to try and muscle up and pull the ball, but he went with a pitch on the outer half and took advantage of the opportunity. He has a big swing and his struggles with strikeouts have been no secret since he turned pro. If he can approach at-bats the way he did in the sixth inning, he has a chance at being a successful player at this level.
The Mets continue their series with the Nationals tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Zack Wheeler facing Dan Haren at 7:10 PM.