The Nationals (23-20) took the final game of a three-game series against the Mets (20-23) 6-3 in D.C. on Sunday afternoon. Full recap and boxscore at SNY.TV
Zack Wheeler (1-4) gave up five runs, three earned, and six hits, while striking out five, in six innings of work. Ruben Tejada made a two-out fielding error on the outfield grass that led to a two-run double in the third inning.
The Nationals bullpen didn’t allow a base runner, retiring the final nine batters to end the game. Washington’s bullpen is second in baseball with 2.10 ERA.
In the sixth inning, Juan Centeno drove in a run with a single, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, which ended the inning and stranded a runner on third base. Earlier in the game, Daniel Murphy was caught over-running third base to end an inning and kill a potential rally.
The Mets had opportunities against Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman (3-1), who ended up allowing just three runs and eight hits in six innings for his first win in three starts.
The Mets are off Monday before hosting the LA Dodgers on Tuesday at Citi Field.