- Erica Blackburn
Nats defeat the Mets 4-3
The Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets, 4-3, after scoring twice in the ninth inning with a walk-off single by Carter Kieboom.
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the District when the Nationals found themselves in a nip and tuck game with the Mets. In the first inning, Mets’ Pete Alonso singled to right and Francisco Lindor scored. But that was the only damage done at the top of the ninth. At the bottom, Juan Soto grounded out, but Escobar was able to score, tying the game 1-1.
The Mets scored two more runs and Washington scored only one more run, making the score 3-2 going into the top of the ninth inning. With Finnegan pitching for Washington, the Mets did little to nothing. They managed one hit, a single to center right by McCann, but was left with nothing once Lindor was struck out swinging.
Magic happened at the bottom of the ninth for the Nats. Díaz walked two of the first three hitters he faced before Stevenson singled to right. Kieboom then smashed a shot up the middle against a drawn-in infield to score the winning run.
It was the second blown save in four days for Díaz (5-5), who is 1-3 with a 12.71 ERA in 10 games as a Met at Nationals Park.
Nationals starter Patrick Corbin allowed three runs on 11 hits in seven innings, the longest outing of any Nationals starter since he went seven innings against Philadelphia on Aug. 3. It was the first time a Washington starting pitcher completed six innings since Aug. 25.
Washington begins a six-game road trip with RHP Paolo Espino (4-4, 4.08) facing Atlanta in the opener of a three-game series.