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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nationals 14, Mets 1

By Adam Rubin

WASHINGTON -- Carlos Torres’ dominance since his major league promotion ended Sunday. Quite spectacularly.

Capped by a grand slam from Wilson Ramos, Torres surrendered eight runs in three innings as Washington routed the Mets 14-1.

After an 11-run outburst in the series opener, the Mets (46-56) mustered a combined three runs while dropping three straight at Nationals Park.

The 13-run loss was the largest by the Mets this season, surpassing a 13-2 defeat, also against Washington, on June 30.

The eight runs surrendered by Torres matched the most surrendered by a Mets pitcher this season. Jeremy Hefner (on July 19 against the Philadelphia Phillies) and Jonathon Niese (on May 11 against the Pittsburgh Pirates) also allowed that many runs.

Torres had entered the day with an 0.94 ERA in 12 appearances (two starts), but had his ERA more than tripled, to 3.13.

Gonzalez Germen, who had contributed five scoreless appearances since allowing a run in his major league debut, surrendered a pair of fourth-inning runs as the Nats’ lead swelled to 10-1.

Rookie Taylor Jordan earned his first major league win. He retired the first nine Mets, until Eric Young Jr.’s leadoff single in the fourth. Young scored the Mets’ lone run, on Marlon Byrd’s single that inning.

What’s next: The Mets’ trip continues with a four-game series in Miami. The Mets are 3-8 against the Marlins this season. Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17 ERA) opposes right-hander Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. opener at Marlins Park.