Recap: The Nationals evened the three-game set, gaining a 7-1 win over the Mets on Tuesday in Washington.
Need to Know: Washington banged three home runs, two of which came from Adam LaRoche, as the Nationals built a 3-0 lead from the start. Danny Espinosa’s sixth-inning three-run homer broke the game open, giving the Nats a 6-0 advantage. Jon Niese dropped his fourth straight decision, surrendering six runs and eight hits in six innings. Washington starter Doug Fister allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings, picking up the win.
Game Ball: LaRoche struck a two-run homer in the first inning off Niese, then added a long homer off Carlos Torres in the eighth inning. The lefty picked up Washington’s first multi-homer game this season.
What’s Next: The Mets will turn to rookie Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77) for the series finale in Washington. The Nationals will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) with the first pitch coming at 12:35 p.m.