Friday, August 30, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Nats 2
By Adam Rubin
WASHINGTON -- Your New York Mets' sole leader in wins? That's Dillon Gee, who earned No. 10 on Friday night.
Gee surrendered solo homers to Wilson Ramos and Stephen Lombardozzi but otherwise breezed through his outing as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 3-2, in the series opener.
The loss dealt a blow to Washington's postseason chances. The Nats, who had won 14 of their past 19, entered the night having closed to within 6˝ games of the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot.
Ike Davis' opposite-field two-run homer against NL wins co-leader Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. It was Davis' fourth homer since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas on July 5.
Daniel Murphy then scored from second on Andrew Brown's infield single in the eighth for a two-run cushion, before Lombardozzi answered with a solo shot with two outs in the bottom half.
Gee followed by surrendering singles to Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman and departed. Scott Rice entered and issued three straight balls to Bryce Harper. But Harper eventually grounded out on the fifth pitch of the at-bat as the Mets maintained a one-run lead.
Gee's final line: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR.
There was one concerning moment for Gee: Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez visited him on the mound in the seventh with Ian Desmond batting. Gee (10-9) immediately waved them away, then continued the matchup by striking out Desmond with the next pitch.
Entering the night, Gee's ERA since May 30 ranked fifth in the majors, trailing only Jose Fernandez (1.52), Clayton Kershaw (1.75), Bartolo Colon (2.39) and Yu Darvish (2.40). He now has a 2.49 ERA in 17 starts since that date.
LaTroy Hawkins closed things out with his sixth save.
Catching on: Travis d'Arnaud had two hits. He had entered the game 3-for-28 in his major league career.
What's next: Zack Wheeler Day. Wheeler (6-3, 3.42 ERA) opposes right-hander Dan Haren (8-11, 4.66) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.