The Mets lost 6-3 earlier today against the Nationals in Washington pushing their record to 20-23 leaving them 3.5 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves as they head into an off-day on Monday. They have now lost half of their fourteen series played so far this season.
Even though he took the loss, Zack Wheeler was better this time around than in his last outing. He completed six innings, struck out five, and walked just two. Wheeler's record is currently 1-4 and his earned run average stayed pat at 4.53.
In the home third inning, two of Wheeler's five runs would be unearned due to shortstop Ruben Tejada's inability to backhand a ground ball hit by Jayson Werth with two outs. Nats catcher Wilson Ramos (2-for-3 on the day) would be up next, making the Mets pay for their poor defense as his double would produce two runs putting the Nats ahead 3-1. Ramos would finish the afternoon with four RBI.
For the Mets, back-up catcher Juan Centeno went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI but was thrown out in the top half of the sixth inning for the third out trying to stretch a single into a double.
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