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Mets edged by Nationals: 3-2

Citi Field. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Mets (71-76) were edged by the Washington Nationals (68-77) by a final score of 3-2 on Monday night baseball action. Starter R.A. Dickey (L, 8-12) went back to his tough-luck ways, as the Mets offense left five runners on base tonight.

R.A. tossed seven innings, giving up eight hits-while also striking out seven batters. The knuckle ball specialist gave up three runs in the game with two of them being earned. Washington recorded their first run-in part to a fielding error made by David Wright.

It was in the top of the fifth inning, when shortstop Jose Reyes tried to make a play at third base that the normally steady Wright usually makes. For the Mets it was the 108th error as a team, and normally teams always cash in when you give them extra life.

That point was proven yet again, as a single by Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, to drive in the first Washington run of the game. The ‘Nats’ added onto their lead in the top of the sixth-before the Mets made a comeback attempt in the bottom of the frame.

Back-to-back walks by Justin Turner and Lucas Duda set the stage for Wright-looking for redemption. The Mets third baseman finally found it, by ripping an RBI single that cut the Nationals lead. Angel Pagan tied the game up at 2-2 with a booming double (29) to right field.

In the top of the seventh the Nationals got the go-ahead run needed, to give the Mets a three game losing streak.

New York will look to snap out of this funk as Rookie-sensation Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.42 ERA) in Game Two on Tuesday. Gee will take on former Yankees-star Chien-Ming Wang (2-3, 4.43 ERA) with the first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m.

Written on September 12, 2011

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