August 2, 2015: Homers in 3rd Bury Nationals
|Date: August 2, 2015|
|Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard|
|Winning pitcher: Noah Syndergaard|
|Key player(s): Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs|
The Mets faced the Nationals on a Sunday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets slugged three home runs in the third inning for a 5-2 win over Washington.
With one out in the top of the first, Anthony Rendon hit a homer against Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard for a 1-0 Nationals lead. Bryce Harper grounded out to second baseman Daniel Murphy and a line drive by Ryan Zimmerman was caught by right fielder Curtis Granderson to end the inning. The Nats’ Jordan Zimmermann pitched a perfect bottom half and Syndergaard retired the side in order in the top of the second. Zimmermann then set down all three batters in the bottom of the inning.
Syndergaard hurled a perfect top of the third. Kevin Plawecki drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Plawecki advanced to second base on Syndergaard’s sacrifice bunt and Ruben Tejada lined out to Zimmermann. Granderson connected for a two-run homer and a home run by Murphy followed. Yoenis Cespedes hit a single and Lucas Duda homered for a 5-1 Mets lead. Zimmermann then got Juan Uribe on a pop-up to second baseman Rendon to close out the inning.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Yunel Escobar hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the sixth. Rendon and Harper followed with back-to-back singles and Zimmerman flied out to center fielder Cespedes. Jayson Werth grounded out to Murphy to end the inning and Duda got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Uribe and Kelly Johnson went down on strikes and Plawecki walked. Zimmermann then fanned Syndergaard for the inning’s final out.
Syndergaard yielded just a single to Ian Desmond in the top of the seventh. Washington reliever Felipe Rivero gave up just a single to Murphy in the bottom half and Syndergaard limited the Nats to a double by Rendon in the top of the eighth. Rivero allowed only a double to Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the inning and the Mets’ Tyler Clippard got Zimmerman on a fly ball to Granderson to start the top of the ninth. Werth hit a single and pinch-hitter Clint Robinson lined out to Murphy. Clippard then retired Jose Lobaton on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Lagares to end the game. The Mets had a victory to put themselves into a first-place tie with the Nationals in the National League East Division.