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Washington ultimately produced four runs against Gee and held on for a 6-3 victory. The loss dropped the Mets 15 games under .500, matching their season low-water mark.
Matt den Dekker’s two-run single in the sixth pulled the Mets within a run and knocked out Jordan Zimmermann, but the Mets got no closer. Ex-Met Scott Hairston had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth against Tim Byrdak, after Terry Collins decided to pull Frank Francisco after two batters. Zimmermann earned his league-leading 17th win.
Gee entered the game with a 7-2 record and 2.80 ERA in 11 career starts against Washington. He already had posted an MLB-high four wins against the Nats this season.
His final line: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR.
A win would have allowed Gee to become only the fourth pitcher in major league history to post five wins in a season against the Washington/Montreal franchise, joining Russ Ortiz (2004), Jim Bibby (1980) and Jim Lonborg (1976).
Ouch: Justin Turner suffered a right hamstring injury rounding third base in the sixth inning on den Dekker’s double. Josh Satin replaced Turner at third base the following half-inning. The Mets later announced Turner had tightness in the hamstring.
Welcome home: In his second appearance for the Mets this season, and first game at Citi Field, Francisco allowed a single and recorded an out while facing two batters in the ninth. He then turned the ball over to Byrdak, who allowed the inherited runner to score on Hairston's homer.