The Mets (56-72) fell to the Washington Nationals (77-50) on Saturday afternoon by a score of 9-4 at Nationals Park.
Robert Gsellman fell to 5-6 on the season as he suffered the loss in Washington on Saturday. Gsellman allowed six runs, two earned, on nine hits, while walking two over four innings. Gsellman was hurt by his own error and wild pitch in the first as the Nationals were able to rally for four runs.
Washington increased their lead in the second as Adam Lind lined an RBI single to make it 5-0. Anthony Rendon ended Gsellman’s day in the fourth as he added an RBI single of his own making it to increase the Nats lead to six.
Jeurys Familia made his return from the disabled list, and struggled. He allowed three runs on four hits, a pair of stolen bases, and hit a batter.
Juan Lagares drove in the Mets first run of the day as he cut the lead to 5-1 in the third with an RBI single.
Wilmer Flores reached base four times and drove in three of the Mets four runs on the day. In the sixth, Flores smacked a second pitch Gio Gonzalez fastball over the center field fence to make it 6-2.
In the eighth, Flores chipped into the Nationals lead again. Jose Reyes led off the inning with a single, a batter later Asdrubal Cabrera doubled setting up Flores with two men in scoring position. Flores doubled down the right field line, cutting the Nationals lead to 6-4.
Kevin Plawecki continued to see the ball well since being called up as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles on the day.
Reyes had a pair of hits on the day and scored both times he was on the base paths.
The Mets look to get back on the right track as they continue their series in Washington with a Sunday doubleheader. Tommy Milone will be on the mound in Game 1 for the Mets, and Seth Lugo will start Game 2. Start times are 1:35 p.m. and 8:08 p.m., respectively.