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Washington0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4111
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  W: Z. Wheeler (10-7)   L: A. Sánchez (8-7)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, September 4, 2019
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 20,237

Mets try to recover after historic collapse vs. Nats

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New York Mets at Washington Nationals

  1. The Wild Card-leading Nationals have lost six of their last seven games against the Mets and are 6-10 in the season series. They are 28-14 against the rest of the NL East. Washington pitchers have a 5.27 ERA against New York compared to a 4.15 against the rest of the division.
  2. The Nationals have won 11 of 13, totaling 101 runs in those victories and one combined run in those two defeats. They've plated 135 runs in their last 16 games, the franchise's most runs over a 16-game span and the most in a season by any team over a 16-game stretch since the Yankees scored 151 in 2007.
  3. Anthony Rendon has a .550/.627/1.025 slash line in his last 11 games with five homers, four doubles, 14 RBI, 13 runs and nine walks. The last player to have at least 22 hits, with nine going for extra bases in addition to nine walks over an 11-game span in a single season was Bryce Harper for the Nats in his 2015 MVP season.
  4. Pete Alonso, who added to his Mets single-season record with his 43rd homer on Sunday, has reached base safely in 27 straight games, the longest active streak in MLB. It is also the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Justin Turner reached base safely in 28 games in a row in 2011.
  5. Since joining the Nats in 2015, Max Scherzer is 8-5 with a 2.40 ERA with 152 strikeouts in 16 starts against the Mets. His strikeout total is the most by any pitcher against the Mets since 2015.
  6. Jacob deGrom, who starts opposite Scherzer on Tuesday, is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 11 starts against the Nats since 2017. His ERA is the lowest by any pitcher against Washington since 2017 (min. six starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/2/2019 thru 9/4/2019
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

After pulling off an improbable win on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals will try to take the rubber match of their three-game series against the New York Mets on Wednesday in the nation's capital.

Kurt Suzuki capped a seven-run ninth inning with a three-run walk-off homer as the Nationals victimized the Mets bullpen for their 20th win in 26 games. It was the largest ninth-inning comeback in franchise history.

Washington leads the National League wild-card race by 3 1/2 games.

"It's been a crazy year," said Ryan Zimmerman, who contributed a two-run pinch double in the ninth. "That's the only way to sum it up. For me, for the team, for everyone. It kind of fits into the narrative, I guess."

The Mets will try to rebound as they send right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.41 ERA) out for the series finale.

Wheeler is coming off a no-decision in an 11-5 Mets win over the Phillies. He went six innings, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out four and walking three. It was his first quality start since Aug. 6 and helped New York snap a six-game losing streak.

"Losing six in a row, you need to get back on the right track, and that's all I was trying to do tonight -- put up zeroes and try to give us a chance to win," Wheeler told reporters of his start at the time.

He's 4-10 with a 5.17 ERA in 17 career starts against Washington.

This season Wheeler is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in four starts versus the Nationals. The last time he faced them, on May 21, he allowed three runs on four hits, striking out six with two walks in a no-decision.

Washington right-hander Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.80) hasn't lost a decision since May 10. Last time out he allowed two runs on three hits over five innings of a no-decision against the Marlins, with four walks and six strikeouts helping drive his pitch count to 94.

Sanchez has two no-decisions and a 4.26 ERA this season against the Mets. For his career, he's 5-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 16 starts against them.

After a five-run ninth inning that gave them a 10-4 lead, the Mets appeared on the verge of their second straight win in Washington on Tuesday. However, three Mets relievers combined for one out with Edwin Diaz surrendering the fatal blow from Suzuki.

"When I came in here, I didn't really know what just happened," Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo told the media after the game. "It kind of just seemed like a bad dream. I don't know. That's hard to do even in a Little League game I feel like, come back from (six) runs down in the bottom of the ninth against guys throwing 99 miles an hour. I don't really have words for it."

The Mets have suffered other bad losses this season, but Tuesday's defeat may cripple their wild-card hopes as they fell five games behind the Cubs, holders of the NL's second wild-card spot.

"This might be the toughest (loss) of the season," Jeff McNeil said. "We had it. Quick turnaround (Wednesday). Day game. So, we've got to flush it and we've got to win (Wednesday)."

New York lost on a night they got home runs from McNeil, Nimmo, Pete Alonso and Joe Panik.

Juan Soto hit a two-run shot off Jacob deGrom in eighth. Suzuki's homer was his 16th and his 58 RBIs are his most since he collected 61 in 2014.

"He gets up there and takes a hack," manager Dave Martinez said. "He gets in a good position to hit, and he got a ball he can hit."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2019

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