Things you should know about today's game...
1) Robert Gsellman allowed four runs in the first aided by his own error and an ill-advised throw home by Amed Rosario. All told, the right-hander was charged with six runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout in four innings.
2) Wilmer Flores went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and fell a triple shy of completing the cycle. Juan Lagares had an RBI single while Jose Reyes and Kevin Plawecki collected two hits apiece.
3) Making his first Major League appearance since May 10, Jeurys Familia surrendered three runs on four hits and two walks -- one intentional -- in an inning of work.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
An ugly first inning was all it took for the Mets to lose for the eighth time in 11 games. Errors -- both physical and mental -- ruled the frame and cost the Mets any chance at competing against the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez, who owns New York. The Mets had a chance in the opening inning when Flores singled to center, but Asdrubal Cabrera was gunned down at the plate...again.
Even though only two of the six runs he allowed were earned, Gsellman clearly didn't have it. The right-hander had looked solid in two starts since returning from the disabled list, but the recurring issue of his sinker not sinking struck again. Nine hits and two walks in four innings isn't a recipe for success, especially against a team like the Nationals.
On the plus side, Flores had a nice offensive game and has really turned himself into a solid overall hitter. Now if he could just improve his fielding, he'd really be useful. And sentimentally, it was nice to see Familia back out on a big league mound throwing hard. Yes, he was lit up for three runs and had relatively little command, but considering where he was and what he'd been through with the blood clot, it was a victory in and of itself... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets fell to 4-10 against the Nationals this season, the sixth time in seven years New York has lost at least 10 games to Washington.
Flores tied his career high with his 16th home run. He's hit 16 in each of his previous two seasons.
Travis Taijeron started in right field and went 0-for-4 in his Major League debut.
Gsellman (5-6) allowed 13 runs -- nine earned -- and 20 hits in nine innings over two starts against the Nationals this season.
Chasen Bradford extended his scoreless streak to 11 1/3 innings with two shutout frames. The right-hander has allowed one run in his last 15 frames spanning 11 appearances.
Prior to the game, the Mets placed Yoenis Cespedes (strained right hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled Taijeron from Triple-A Las Vegas. New York also activated Reyes (oblique strain) from the DL and optioned Kevin McGowan to Triple-A.
The Mets (56-72) wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader against the Nationals (77-50) at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on SNY and at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
New York will send Tommy Milone (1-3, 8.12 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) and Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.85 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) to the mound to finish the four game set.
Washington counters with Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.64 ERA 1.36 WHIP) and a pitcher to be determined.