Posted by Craig Mitchell at 11:46 PM
Friday night in Flushing, Wilmer Flores hit walk off solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Mets stun the Nationals 2-1. It was an amazing game all around. Matt Harvey set the tone by completely dominating the Nationals. He was perfect through 5 1/3. Jose Lobaton broke the spell with a 1 out single in the 6th The Mets took a 1-0 in the bottom of the 4th against Nat starter Gio Gonzalez. With one out Gonzalez walked Jose Uribe and Travis d’Arnaud back to back. Flores then came up and singled to left center to bring home Uribe for a 1-0 lead. That lead held up until the 8th. Clint Robinson was hit by a pitch. The HBP was reviewed and was upheld. Danny Espinosa pinch ran for Robinson. Espinosa reached 2nd on an infield hit by Anthony Rendon. Yunel Escobar’s RBI single brought home Espinosa and the game was tied at 1. Harvey left after 7 2/3 innings. He allowed just 5 hits the 1 run (earned) and struck out 9. Tyler Clippard, Jeurys Familia, Hansel Robles and Carlos Torres combined to blank the Nats the rest of the way. In the bottom of the 12th against Felipe Rivero, Flores led off the inning with a solo homer to left center to win the game. His 11th homer on the year and a more amazing, Hollywood ending you won’t find in another game this year. Flores brought home both runs on the night. Ruben Tejada added 2 hits. Torres gets the win in relief striking out the side in the 11th, he’s now 4-4. He’s uniform # 52 will now belong to the newest Mets Yoenis Cespedes when he arrives on Saturday. With the win the Mets improve to 53-50 and are 36-18 at home. They gain a full game on the Nationals and are now 2 games back with 2 games to go in this weekend series. Saturday night Jacob deGrom (10-6 2.05) goes for the Mets, Joe Ross (3-3 3.03) goes for Washington.