August 1, 2015: Duda Leads Comeback Over Nationals

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Date: August 1, 2015
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 3
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Hansel Robles
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Hansel Robles, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Duda’s home runs and double

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Lucas Duda drove in three runs to give the Mets a 3-2 comeback win over Washington.

Yunel Escobar singled against Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom with one out in the top of the first inning. Bryce Harper hit a single to send Escobar to third base and Ryan Zimmerman lined out to center fielder Curtis Granderson. Jayson Werth drew a walk to load the bases and Ian Desmond singled to bring home Escobar and Harper for a 2-0 Nats lead. Wilson Ramos grounded back to deGrom for the third out. Washington’s Joe Ross then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, deGrom retired all three batters in the top of the fourth. Duda slugged a home run with two outs in the bottom of the inning to cut the Nationals’ lead to 2-1. Wilmer Flores grounded out to second baseman Anthony Rendon to end the inning and deGrom yielded just a single to Harper in the top of the fifth. Kelly Johnson got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Travis d'Arnaud went down on strikes and deGrom’s sacrifice bunt advanced Johnson to second base. Ross then struck out Ruben Tejada to finish off the inning.

DeGrom hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Ross set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and hit a one-out single against Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell in the top of the seventh. Parnell got Rendon to fly out to left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and retired Escobar on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Flores. To begin the bottom half, Duda hammered his second homer against Ross to tie the game at 2-2. Flores grounded out to shortstop Desmond and a double by Johnson ensued. Nats’ reliever Casey Janssen got d’Arnaud to ground out to Desmond and issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Juan Uribe. Janssen then retired Tejada on a grounder to first baseman Zimmerman for the inning’s third out.

Mets’ reliever Hansel Robles pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Granderson doubled against Washington’s Matt Thornton to open the bottom half. Daniel Murphy grounded out to Thornton and an intentional walk to Cespedes followed. Duda delivered a double that scored Granderson and put the Mets ahead by a run. Nats’ reliever Aaron Barrett then struck out Flores and got Johnson on a foul pop-up to third baseman Escobar to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia retired Desmond on a fly ball to right fielder Granderson (who had shifted from center) to start the top of the ninth. Ramos grounded out to shortstop Flores (who had shifted from second.) Familia then fanned Michael Taylor for the game’s final out. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.