The Nationals averted a sweep with a 7-4 win over the Mets Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Washington jumped on top early, thanks to three unearned runs in the first inning off Jacob deGrom. Two soft singles and a walk loaded the bases. deGrom got a ground ball to the right side that should have ended the inning. But Pete Alonso once again dove for a ball that his 2B was in line to field. Alonso got the ball and threw from his knees. It wasn’t a bad throw but deGrom couldn’t handle it and it cleared the bases.
After the Mets battled back to tie, Asdrubal Cabrera put the Nats back in front in the seventh inning with a two-run double. And they added two more runs in the ninth when Edwin Diaz served up a gopher ball, his fourth homer allowed in his last six games.
On a positive note, the Mets got a good outing from Jeurys Familia, who struck out the side in the eighth inning. Also, Brad Brach made his Mets debut and retired the only batter he faced. With the continuing struggles from Diaz, the Mets will need other relievers to step up and give quality innings alongside Seth Lugo.
Next up is a three-game set against the first-place Braves in Atlanta, which begins on Tuesday. Zack Wheeler puts his 15-inning scoreless streak on the line in the opener. And the Mets will avoid facing Mike Soroka in this series. Soroka is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four career games against the Mets.