The Mets used the long ball early and small ball late to pull out a 6-5 win Sunday night in 12 innings and earn a sweep of the three-game series in Washington against the Nationals.
In the top of the 12th, pinch-hitter Juan Lagares lined a single to center and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Amed Rosario. After an intentional walk to Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes singled to center for the winning run.
Adrian Gonzalez cracked a grand slam to give the Mets a 4-2 lead and Asdrubal Cabrera added a solo blast to put the Mets up 5-3.
But the Nats chipped away with runs in the fifth and seventh innings to tie the game. And only poor fundamentals by Washington allowed the game to go to extra innings.
Seth Lugo pitched in and out of trouble but gave the Mets three scoreless innings to pick up the win. Jeurys Familia was unavailable after a five-out save on Saturday so the Mets turned to Jacob Rhame to close out the game. He allowed a two-out double but closed out the win by getting leadoff hitter Adam Eaton to ground out.
After going 13-25 against Washington the past two years, New York opens up 3-0 against the team everyone expects to win the NL East this season.