Despite striking out 11 batters in six innings, Jacob deGrom and the Mets lost to Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Sunday at Citi Field. >> Box score
DeGrom (15-10) allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in six innings, as he surpassed the 200-inning mark in a season for the first time in his career.
He gave up a two-run home run to Trea Turner in the third inning, then allowed an RBI single to Jose Lobaton in the fifth inning after Michael Taylor led off the fifth inning with a single, stole second and advanced to third on Travis d'Arnaud's throwing error.
The Mets managed only three hits and one run off Scherzer (16-6) in the first six innings, but had the game-tying and go-ahead runs on base in the eighth inning.
After Jose Reyes drove in Juan Lagares with an RBI single to bring the Mets within one run, the Mets had the bases loaded and two outs, but Kevin Plawecki struck out on a full count to end the frame.
In the ninth, the Mets had two runners on and one out, but Matt Reynolds and Norichika Aoki both grounded out to end the game.
The Mets play a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves on Monday beginning at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Seth Lugo (6-5, 5.03 ERA) faces Lucas Sims (2-5, 5.14 ERA) in Game 1, while Rafael Montero (5-11, 5.30 ERA) faces Max Fried (1-0, 4.41 ERA) in Game 2.