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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 42 - Mets (5) at Nationals (2) - Juan Lagares Day!, Mets Win!


New York


W: B. Colon (3-5) L: G. Gonzalez (3-4) S: J. Mejia (1)
HR: NYM - J. Lagares (2)   WAS - I. Desmond (6)


Juan Lagares homered, drove in three runs and provided his usual gold-glove caliber defense to help the New York Mets take down the Washington Nationals, 5-2, in the middle test of a three-game set from Nationals Park.

Eric Campbell drove in two runs for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Lagares, Campbell and Daniel Murphy all had two hits and scored once.

Bartolo Colon (3-5) had Washington off-balance for most of the afternoon, tossing eight strong innings of five-hit, two-run ball with five strikeouts. Jenrry Mejia, who won his first three decisions of the season as a starter, pitched out of the pen for the third time and recorded his first major league save with a scoreless ninth. Mejia had just one save in his professional career -- a minor league save in 2007 while playing in the Dominican summer league -- to this point.

Washington had won the first four meetings between the two clubs this season.

The recent struggles continued for Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (3-4), who surrendered seven runs on nine hits against the Athletics in his last start. It wasn't much better this time around, as Gonzalez exited after yielding five runs in three innings to absorb the loss.

Gonzalez struck out leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. to start the contest, but it was all downhill from there. Murphy and David Wright singled and Chris Young walked to load the bags for Campbell, whose single to center made it 2-0. Young moved to third on Campbell's poke and scored when Lagares slapped a pitch the other way to right one batter later.

Campbell singled with one away in the third inning for Lagares, who extended the margin to 5-0 when he took a 3-2 Gonzalez offering over the wall in left- center.

Ian Desmond's two-run shot to left in the bottom of the fourth made it 5-2, and Jayson Werth nearly made it 5-3 with a solo shot two innings later, but Lagares made sure that didn't happen.

Werth, who ended Friday's contest by robbing Murphy of a potential game-tying homer, started the sixth by drilling a pitch to the wall in center that looked destined to clear the wall. Lagares tracked it the whole way and leaped, grabbing the ball at his highest point and keeping it in the ballpark.

Werth led off the ninth with a single up the middle against Mejia, but Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa struck out around a Desmond grounder into a fielders' choice.

Game Notes

The Mets moved to 11-10 on the road this season but still find themselves two games under .500 on the season ... Desmond had two of Washington's six hits ... The Nationals went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF500000002.227
Daniel Murphy 2B412000010.320
David Wright 3B411000000.281
Chris Young RF310000010.213
Eric Campbell 1B412200000.455
Juan Lagares CF412300100.304
Anthony Recker C400000002.208
Wilmer Flores SS301000012.200
  Jenrry Mejia P000000000.000
Bartolo Colon P300000001.000
  Ruben Tejada PH-SS100000001.190
Denard Span CF400000001.236
Anthony Rendon 3B400000001.271
Jayson Werth RF311000010.303
Wilson Ramos C400000001.154
Ian Desmond SS412200100.228
Danny Espinosa 2B401000002.221
Tyler Moore 1B300000001.220
Nate McLouth LF301010001.123
Gio Gonzalez P100000000.143
  Craig Stammen P101010000.333
  Aaron Barrett P000000000.000
  Zach Walters PH100000000.200
  Jerry Blevins P000000000.000

E_T.Moore. LOB_NY Mets 6, Washington 4. 2B_N.McLouth, C.Stammen. HR_J.Lagares (2) off G.Gonzalez, I.Desmond (6) off B.Colon. GIDP_D.Wright, T.Moore. DP_NY Mets 1 (W.Flores, D.Murphy and E.Campbell); Washington 1 (I.Desmond, D.Espinosa and T.Moore).

Bartolo Colon (W 3-5)8.0522151105-715.34
Jenrry Mejia (S 1)1.010002014-104.65
Gio Gonzalez (L 3-4)3.075524184-484.62
Craig Stammen4.010012054-362.52
Aaron Barrett1.000001010-70.60
Jerry Blevins1.000001011-73.57

T_2:48. A_41225.
Umpires_Home,Ed Hickox; First, Jon Byrne; Second, Lance Barrett; Third, Dana DeMuth.

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