Posted by Craig Mitchell at 4:31 PM
Labor Day afternoon David Wright’s RBI single in the 7th inning broke a 5 all tie the Mets beat the Nationals 8-5. The Mets got out to an early 3 run lead against Max Scherzer. In the 2nd inning, Michael Conforto started the scoring with an opposite field solo homer, his 6th on the year to make it 1-0. Two batters later Kelly Johnson added his own solo shot, his 4th as a Met and 13th on the year and it was 2-0. In the third, the scorching hot Yoenis Cespedes hit his 13th homer as a Met, his 31st on the year and 5th homer in 6 games to make it 3-0. In the 4th, Met starter Jon Niese yielded a 5 run inning for his 3rd straight outing. With no out, the Nationals loaded the bases on back to back singles by Ryan Zimmerman and Yunel Escobar. Ian Desmond walked. Then Met killer Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam homer, his 13th homer on the year for a 4-3 Washington lead. Michael Taylor then singled, was sacrificed to 2nd and scored on a long double by Jason Werth to cap the inning. In the 5t the Mets made it 5-4 on back to back doubles by Ruben Tejada and Curtis Granderson. In the 6th, Cespedes doubled, was balked to third and scored on a Travis d’Arnaud sac-fly to tie the game at 5. In the 7th the Mets took the lead for good scoring three times. Flores singled, Tejada walked and David Wright came through with an RBI single to make it 6-5. Daniel Murphy followed with a sac-fly to make it 7-5. Cespedes got his third hit, a double to score Wright from first and it was 8-5. Niese left after 3 1/3. He allowed 5 runs (all earned) on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1. Carlos Torres came in to relieve Niese but had to leave with a calf strain. Dario Alvarez made his 1st appearance and struck out Bryce Harper to end the 6th. Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th striking out 4. Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th notching his 37th save. Blake Treinen takes the loss falling to 2-3. For striking out Harper and retiring the side in the 6th, Alvarez gets the win he’s now 1-0. Cespedes has 11 home runs in his past 17 games and 24 extra base hits in 34 games with Mets. He went 3 for 5 on the day with 2 doubles, the homer and 2 RBI. Granderson went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. With the win the Mets improve to 76-61 overall and 31-37 on the road. The Mets gain a full game on the Nats and now lead by 5 full games in the NL East. Tuesday night it’s game two of the series. Matt Harvey (12-7 2.60) goes for the Mets, Jordan Zimmermann (12-8 3.38) goes for Washington.