Wilson Ramos' solo homer in the seventh provided the only offense of the game as the Mets dropped the finale of the series with the Nationals, 1-0, on Thursday at Nationals Park.
In case you missed it…
- The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first against Tanner Roark but came away empty. Jay Bruce struck out on three pitches and T.J. Rivera flied out to right. New York managed four baserunners - one hit and three walks - over the final eight innings.
- Robert Gsellman stifled the Nationals for the second time in two weeks, firing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four in his second straight no-decision.
- Salas (3-7) had not given up a run in his first six appearances with the Mets since he was obtained from the Angels on Aug. 31.
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Terry Collins on the loss: "We're still right where we are. We're going home in the Wild Card hunt. Our fans should be excited. It's the last homestand. ... We caught up a lot in the last couple of weeks. We've got ourselves right where we need to be. Yeah, today's tough when the other two teams lose. But they're saying the same thing."
Collins on Gsellman's start: Coming in in a big series like this against a real good team with a lot at stake right now, we wanted to see how he'd handle it. And he handled it great. … I thought he threw the ball very well. He threw the ball very well, we just didn't give him very much to work with."
Bruce on his struggles: "This is the ninth year that I've been an everyday player. My whole career my goal going into the year is to play 162 games. It's never happened, but I always get pretty close when healthy. ... I'm confident in my ability to get out of funks and just keep going forward. It's part of the game. But I also told him I completely understand, that he has to put together a lineup that he feels gives us the best chance to win. But I also feel like I'm one of the best nine options as well."
News and notes…
- The Mets finished the regular season with a 7-12 record against the Nationals, losing two of the four series and nine of their last 13 games.
- New York's nine-game road trip ended with a 6-3 mark. The Mets had won six straight series before losing on Wednesday. New York remains a half-game behind the Giants for the first N.L. Wild Card spot and a half-game ahead of the Cardinals for the second.
- The Mets have been nine games over .500 seven times this year and have lost each ensuing game.
- The Mets begin their final homestand of the year on Friday night. They will play 10 games against the Twins, Braves and Phillies.
- Bruce went 1-for-4 and is batting .192 (25-for-130) with 37 strikeouts in 36 games as a Met.
- In two starts against the Nationals, Gsellman allowed one run in 11 2/3 innings.
The Mets (77-69) return to action after an off-day Thursday to face the Twins (54-91) in a three-game series at Citi Field starting Friday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (13-7, 3.27 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) is in the midst of an eight-start stretch where he's posted a 2.52 ERA. Minnesota counters with rookie right-hander Jose Berrios (2-6, 9.27 ERA, 2.02 WHIP), who is winless in his last six starts while sporting a 9.82 ERA.