Final Score: Nationals 5 Mets 2

The Mets (47-50) lost to the Nationals (57-39) by the score of 5-2 tonight at Citi Field.

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R.A. Dickey gave up five runs, four earned, in six innings pitched with one walk and seven strike outs.

The loss was Dickey’s first since April 18. He had won 11 straight decisions.

The Mets had two hits off of Gio Gonzalez: one in the first by Cedeño and a single by Ike Davis in the seventh. 

Ronny Cedeño knocked in Scott Hairston for the Mets first run. Cedeño was then thrown out while trying to advance on the play after Hairston scored.

Jordany Valdespin hit his fifth pinch-hit home run during the eighth inning. The five pinch-hit home runs are the most in Mets’ history for a single season. 

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For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.

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Meredith Perri: When Scott Hairston got on base after an error by Danny Espinosa, then scored on a single by Ronny Cedeño in the second, I honestly thought the Mets were going to finally win a game. They had capitalized on another team’s mistake. The fact that Cedeño was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play should have clued me in to the fact that I was being too optimistic.

I was hopeful through the fourth, but ultimately Washington’s four-run sixth inning was too much for the Mets to overcome. Dickey looked like he was almost back to his first-half self up until the sixth. Dickey started off the inning by striking out Bryce Harper and forcing Ryan Zimmerman into a ground out, but then the wheels fell off. Five hits, and an error by Bay, later and the Mets were in a hole that not even a record-setting pinch-hit home run by Valdespin could cure.

For once, the bullpen cannot be blamed. Manny Acosta, Josh Edgin and Ramon Ramirez did not allow a run and gave up just three hits. This time around, it was an ineffective offensive outing and a rough inning that put the game out of reach.

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W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: