Put it in the books! The Mets out-slugged the Nationals on a night when neither starting pitcher was effective and the ball seemed to fly out of Citi Field. Bartolo Colon coughed up six runs on 10 hits in less than five innings, but was equaled by the young phenom Lucas Giolito, who couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning. But the story of this game, besides some fantastic vitriol from Keith Hernandez, was the bats.
The Nationals took a 4 to 1 lead after Colon surrendered three home runs in the fourth inning, but the Mets came roaring back with solo shots of their own from Travis d’Arnaud and Jose Reyes, followed by doubles by Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes to tie it up. The Nats retook the lead 6-4 in the top of the fifth, but the Mets answered with a three-run home run by Wilmer Flores and a solo shot by Asdrubal Cabrera. Our old friend Daniel Murphy hit his fifth homer of the season off the Mets to bring the Nats within one. In the bottom of the seventh, Neil Walker drove in an insurance run with an RBI single and Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia kept the score at 8-6.
Great win and a great way to start this critical series. LGM!