Things you should know about today's game...
1) Asdrubal Cabrera fired a perfect strike home to Travis d'Arnaud who applied tag on pinch-runner Edwin Jackson who tried to score from first on Daniel Murphy's single to right-center. Travis Taijeron overran the ball, but Juan Lagares picked it up and fired in to Cabrera who completed the relay home.
2) Amed Rosario hit a two-out solo home run in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 6-5 lead after the Nationals had rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Cabrera blasted a three-run homer in the first and Wilmer Flores added a two-run shot in the third which gave the Mets a 5-0 lead. Matt Reynolds, Rosario and Lagares had two hits apiece.
3) Tommy Milone allowed one run on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Rafael Montero and Paul Sewald combined to allow four runs in relief as the Nationals rallied to tie the game, 5-5, in the seventh. AJ Ramos recorded six outs to collect his 25th save and fifth with the Mets.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets homered three times to set a new franchise record for home runs on the road with 108. Last year's club held the previous mark with 106 roundtrippers.
Two of Rosario's four home runs have given New York the lead.
Flores went deep for the second straight day to establish a career high with 17 home runs.
In his previous four starts with the Mets, Milone had a 10.26 ERA and had surrendered seven home runs in 16 2/3 innings.
The Mets optioned Robert Gsellman to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday night to make room for Lugo. Kevin McGowan was added to the roster as the 26th man for the doubleheader.
The Mets (57-72) and Nationals (77-51) play the second of two tonight at Nationals Park at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.85 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) returns from the disabled list to close out the series. The right-hander was winless with a 7.91 ERA in his last three starts before he was placed on the DL with a right shoulder impingement. He last pitched on Aug. 11 when he allowed five runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Phillies. Lugo is 0-2 with a 6.94 ERA in two starts against Washington this season.
Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.64 ERA 1.36 WHIP) has posted a 3.14 ERA while winning five of his last seven decisions after an uneven start to his season. The right-hander allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Astros on Tuesday. Roark surrendered three runs over 6 2/3 frames during a no-decision in his only start against the Mets this season on April 21.