Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Travis d'Arnaud homered twice and drove in four runs and Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including the go-ahead double in the fifth inning as the Mets rallied from a 6-1 deficit. Asdrubal Cabrera keyed New York's five-run fifth with a two-run single and finished 2-for-2 with two walks.
2) After allowing four runs during his first blown save as a Met on Tuesday, AJ Ramos allowed a walk and a single in the ninth before he was replaced by Josh Smoker with runners at the corners and one out. Aoki's diving catch in right was the only out he recorded.
3) Smoker retired Adam Lind on a flyout to shallow left field for the second out and Jeurys Familia nailed down the final out for his fourth save and first since May 5.
4) Robert Gsellman allowed six runs -- five earned -- in five innings. The right-hander worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the second but allowed a three-run shot to Lind in the third and three more runs in the fifth. Gsellman surrendered four hits, three walks and hit two batters while striking out four.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
Well that was a rather unexpected turn of events. Even facing a Nats lineup that would look weak in Spring Training, the Mets showed some grit in rallying from a five-run deficit. D'Arnaud led the charge with his second career multi-homer game -- coincindentally both against Washington this season. Although the average and the on-base percentage are certainly nothing to toss praise at, d'Arnaud has had a solid offensive season for the Mets. His 15 homers are a career high and he's now pushed past the 50-RBI plateau for the first time in his career.
He's looked much more relaxed at the plate and appears to be letting the ball get to him a split-second longer before swinging, which has helped him go the other way with much more success. It was a primary attribute d'Arnaud had when he was coming up through the minors and when he first came up, it's nice to see him get back to that style of hitting.
Injuries have certainly been the primary culprit in derailing his career to date, but a truly horrific season last year (15 RBIs in 276 plate appearances) led people to surmise -- and rightfully so -- that 2017 would be a make-or-break year for d'Arnaud. No, he's not particularly adept at throwing out runners and no, he's not going to make anyone see visions of the truly great hitting catchers, but he's stayed on the field for the most part and produced. The Mets have far more pressing needs on their offseason agenda than to try and upgrade a position that produced overall positive results this year... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated the Nationals for the second time in eight tries at Citi Field this season.
New York is one home run shy of tying the club-record of 218 set in 2016.
D'Arnaud is hitting .326 with four doubles, five homers and 14 RBIs in 13 games this month. His 15 home runs surpassed his previous career high of 13 set in 2014 and are the most by a Mets catcher since Mike Piazza hit 19 in 2005. D'Arnaud joins John Stearns (1978), Gary Carter (1985-1987), Todd Hundley (1994-1997), John Buck (2013) and Piazza (1998-2002, 2004-2005) as the only catchers in club history to hit 15 or more home runs.
Aoki is batting .315 (23-for-73) with seven doubles, eight RBIs and 11 runs scored in 18 games with the Mets.
Gsellman allowed 19 runs -- 14 earned -- in 14 innings (9.00 ERA) across three starts against the Nationals this season.
Amed Rosario (gastroenteritis) returned to the lineup after missing the Marlins' series and went 1-for-4. He also committed his sixth error.
The Mets (66-87) go for a second straight win against the Nationals (92-61) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on PIX11.
Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 3.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) will start and pitch one inning in his first appearance with the Mets since he tore his lat in the second inning of his April 30 start against Washington. The right-hander allowed five first-inning runs and retired one batter in the second before suffering the injury. Matt Harvey (5-6, 6.59 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) will piggyback Syndergaard's start looking to improve upon his 13.19 ERA in four starts since returning from the disabled list.
Stephen Strasburg (14-4, 2.60 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) takes the mound looking for his fifth consecutive win. The 29-year-old allowed one run in six innings against the Dodgers last Sunday, the only run he's allowed in 35 innings over his last five starts. Strasburg is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.