The Mets took the away series with the Nationals behind the dazzling pitching of Steven Matz. The young lefty was in control from start to finish, delivering eight shutout innings, that included retiring 16 batters in a row at one point. He struck out seven and allowed just four singles and a walk. Matz cruised through the first 7 2/3 innings until Michael Taylor got a seeing eye single and Bryce Harper, who had the day off, stepped in as a pinch hitter and the potential tying run. Matz smoothly got him to ground out. Whew! Jeurys Familia made it interesting in the 9th, coughing up two hits before shutting it down for his 16th save.
David Wright got the Mets offense going with a solo homer in the first inning. Rene Rivera contributed an RBI single in the 7th for an insurance run. One down note in this game is that Asdrubal Cabrera left in the first inning with back spasms. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious because our infield is already dangerously thin. With Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores already on the disabled list and Curtis Granderson hitting .199, the Mets are going to need pitching performances like this to win for a while. The Mets have the day off tomorrow before beginning a home series with the Dodgers on Friday.