|Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Washington Nationals beat the Mets, 4-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field, dealing Mets starter Kodai Senga his first loss of the season. The Nats (9-14) have now taken the first two of this three-game series, as the Mets have now lost four in a row and are now 14-11 on the season.
The Nationals wasted no time getting on the board in this one. After Senga worked around a walk to Alex Calls in the first inning, he ran into trouble in the second.
Keibert Ruiz led off with a walk, and then Dominic Smith, in his return to Citi Field, laced a double to right field. Lane Thomas followed with a single to bring in Ruiz, and then CJ Abrams singled home Smith to make it 2-0 Washington.
The Mets got one back in the third when Eduardo Escobar led off the frame with a triple and came in to score on a single by Starling Marte.
That was all the Mets would muster against Nationals starter MacKenzie Gore, who went six innings, and allowed just that one run (earned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten. The left-hander improved to 3-1 on the season, with a 3.00 ERa (earned run average).
Senga also settled in and kept the Mets in the game, as he went five innings, and allowed those two runs (both earned) on five hits and four walks, with seven strikeouts. His record fell to 3-1 and his ERA jumped to 4.15.
Washington tacked on a run in the seventh when Jeimer Candelario hit a solo home run off Mets reliever Jeff Brigham, and another in the eighth on an Alex Call RBI single against one of the Mets closers, Adam Ottavino, that made it 4-1.