Things you should know about today's game...
1) Seth Lugo allowed season highs of six runs and 10 hits over five innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out three to lose for the first time in seven starts on the road.
2) Jose Reyes led off the game with his seventh home run. Rene Rivera had a solo blast and Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the ninth to account for the Mets' offense. Brandon Nimmo singled three times and T.J. Rivera had two hits before leaving the game to start the bottom of the seventh.
3) Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with a double and drove in five runs, and Bryce Harper had three hits and two RBIs.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
If anyone wondered whether the Mets' recent hot stretch was a product of improved play or subpar competition, the question has been answered. With an exclamation point.
Dropping their third straight after winning seven of eight, New York again showed -- injuries notwithstanding -- they are nowhere near the Nationals, who are an extremely flawed team in their own right. As I've mentioned in the past, the way the Nats continue to bully the Mets is so reminiscent of the games with the Braves during their run. Whether it's a blowout or a nail-biting loss, New York finds ways to lose and/or has every possible break go against them. Make no mistake, the Nationals just plain beat up the Mets today, but the losses often go far beyond one team beating another.
The only takeaway I really have from today boils down to one thing: Daniel Murphy. Whether it's a lack of old-school mentality or friendships that remain, New York's complete lack of enforcement with their former player is astounding. He is literally Babe Ruth against them, but the Mets refuse to even brush him off the plate or make him move his feet. I'm certainly not advocating hitting him, although I tend to be more of an old-school mind when it comes to such things as long as it's not near the head, but they have let Murphy embarrass them time after time after time...and it's a pathetic indictment on them. >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
New York has lost six of seven against Washington and is 3-8 in its last 10 series against them.
Lugo's six straight wins on the road matched Tom Seaver for the most in club history.
Reyes' 20th leadoff homer with the Mets was the club's eighth of the season.
Curtis Granderson was in the original starting lineup but was scratched due to hip tightness. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Yoenis Cespedes was also absent from the lineup after suffering a cramp in his right hamstring on the final play of Monday night's loss.
What they said after the game...
Terry Collins on his club's poor defense: "If you're going to pitch, you've got to catch it. Some of the best pitching in baseball has some of the best defense in baseball."
The Mets (38-45) try and avoid a sweep by the Nationals (50-34) at Nationals Park on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (8-3, 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) closes the series aiming for his fifth consecutive win. Since surrendering 15 runs in consecutive starts on May 31 and June 6, the 28-year-old has surrendered three earned runs in 32 frames (0.84 ERA) while winning all four outings. DeGrom is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts against Washington this season.
Tanner Roark (6-6, 5.27 ERA 1.48 WHIP) hopes for better results in July after posting an 8.31 ERA in six starts last month. The right-hander surrendered three runs and lasted just three innings during a loss to the Cardinals on Friday. Roark allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on April 21 at Citi Field.