The Nationals beat the Mets, 5-2, in Washington DC tonight >> Read a full recap and boxscore at SNY.TV.
The Nationals have won nine straight games against the Mets dating back to last season.
Jon Niese (2-3) allowed five runs, three earned, in four innings. It was Niese’s shortest outing since June 20, 2013. In the first inning, David Wright misplayed a ground ball for an error that eventually led to a run.
Nationals starter Tanner Roark (3-1) pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, after which Washington’s relievers threw four scoreless innings.
The Mets snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak, their second longest of the season, with two runs in the fifth. Lucas Duda scored on a groundout by Ruben Tejada and Eric Young later hit a double that brought home Anthony Recker to make the score 5-2.
The Mets brought the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh inning, but Duda flied out. Rafael Soriano got his ninth save of the year after walking two batters with two outs before Jayson Werth made a jumping catch against the right field wall on an almost-home run by Daniel Murphy.
The Mets continue their three-game series with the Nationals on Saturday at 4 pm in DC when Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.84 ERA) faces Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97 ERA).