Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Noah Syndergaard needed five pitches to complete his lone inning of work in his first Major League appearance since partially tearing his right lat muscle on April 30. The right-hander retired Trea Turner on a flyout and allowed a single to Jayson Werth before inducing an inning-ending double play from Daniel Murphy.
2) Jacob Rhame allowed a go-ahead solo homer to Daniel Murphy in the 10th inning, his ninth home run and 35th RBI in 37 career games against the Mets since joining the Nationals after the 2015 season.
3) Matt Harvey took over for Syndergaard in the second and fired two scoreless frames before allowing a two-run homer to Adam Lind in the fourth and a solo shot to Matt Wieters in the fifth. He was charged with three runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings.
4) Kevin Plawecki had a two-run single and Brandon Nimmo hit an RBI double as the Mets opened up a 3-0 lead in the third against Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals' right-hander entered the game having allowed one run in his last five starts.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
The real test on Syndergaard's first big league appearance in nearly five months will come in the next day or so to see how his body responds. Chances are it will be a positive outcome considering Thor tossed only five pitches in the first inning, so in that sense, it was a success for him and the Mets.
Noticeably thinner, Syndergaard opened the game with a 94-mph slider and then sat 98-99 on the fastballs he threw. There's been much discussion on whether making an appearance was worth the risk -- and rightfully so considering his importance to the team. But both the club and the player were on board and away we went. Considering how things look to have turned out, Syndergaard's start can be viewed through a rosy prism.
At the very least, it was nice just to see him back on the mound pitching. That's a much better visual than a dejected-looking Thor walking off the mound with trainer Ray Ramirez, carrying much of the Mets' hopes for another successful season with him... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
New York has lost nine of 12 and fell to 6-13 against Washington at Citi Field since the start of last season.
The Mets 42nd loss at home clinches their first losing season in Queens since 2014 (40-41).
New York dropped to 2-8 in extra innings and 19-23 in one-run games.
Harvey's relief appearance was the first of his professional career. In five starts since returning from the disabled list, Harvey has surrendered 24 runs on 36 hits in 18 1/3 innings (11.78 ERA) while completing more than four frames once.
The Mets (66-88) complete their series with the Nationals (93-61) at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (15-9, 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) tries for consecutive victories for the first time since July after having his start date pushed back due to a stomach ailment. The right-hander earned his career-high 15th win after allowing one run over seven innings against the Braves last Saturday. DeGrom is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts against Washington this season.
Max Scherzer (15-6, 2.59 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) closes the series for the Nationals looking to win his second consecutive start. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed two runs over seven innings to defeat the Braves on Tuesday, his seventh win in eight decisions. Scherzer is 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA in three starts against the Mets in 2017.