The Mets (57-73) split the doubleheader on Sunday as they fell 5-4 to the Washington Nationals (78-51) in the night cap of the double dip.
Seth Lugo lasted only 3.2 innings in his return from the disabled list. Lugo allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five.
In the fourth, Lugo allowed three straight hits to bring home the first run. Wilmer Difo led off with a single, followed by a Daniel Murphy single. Anthony Rendon then lined an RBI single to right, scoring Difo. Adam Lind drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Lugo bounced back to strike out Michael Taylor before being pulled with two outs in the fourth.
Josh Smoker was called upon first, and he threw 1.1 perfect innings in relief of Lugo.
Terry Collins turned to Hansel Robles after the Mets retook the lead in the sixth, and things did not go so well. Robles allowed a lead off single before retiring Daniel Murphy for the first out of the inning. Robles then walked the next three batters, loading the bases and forcing in the tying run.
Chasen Bradford came on in relief of Robles, and he wasn’t much better as he forced in a run, walking the first batter he faced. A batter later, Bradford was able to settle down and get Howie Kendrick to ground into a double play to end the inning. Bradford finished off his outing with a scoreless seventh inning.
Erik Goeddel allowed an insurance run in the eighth as Adam Lind hit a two out solo home run.
The Mets were shutdown for the first five innings by Nationals starter Tanner Roark.
In the sixth, the Mets were finally able to get a bit of a rally going. Jose Reyes picked up his second hit of the game with a one out single. Juan Lagares contributed the Mets first run of the game, doubling to left to bring home Reyes.
A batter later, Brandon Nimmo smacked his first home run of the season to deep center field giving the Mets a 3-2 lead.
The Mets were able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth as Travis d’Arnaud led off the inning with a single and Gavin Cecchini singled with one out. After Matt Reynolds popped out, Jose Reyes singled as Michael Taylor dropped a diving catch cutting the lead to 5-4. Juan Lagares stranded the tying run at third as he lined out to left, ending the game.
Reyes, Lagares, and Nimmo accounted for seven of the eleven Mets hits on the night.
The Mets continue their road trip as they travel to the hitter friendly Great American Ball Park to take on Joey Votto and the Reds. Chris Flexen (3-2, 5.79 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets, he has won three of the past four starts. Flexen will be opposed by rookie Sal Romano (3-5, 4.96 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.