The Nationals have gotten back several of their missing bats, but it hasn't made much difference for their offense yet.
First place at stake for sliding Nationals
After getting swept by the Mets, Washington is at risk of falling out of the top NL East spot for the first time since June 19. SP Doug Fister can make ensure that that doesn't happen with a win vs. the Diamondbacks tonight. Follow live
Tony Reali and the national panel discuss Brandon Boykin's comments on Chip Kelly, if the Mets sweep said more about New York or the Nationals, if the Cowboys' fight was really for promotion and more.
Can the Mets outlast the Nationals?
The Mets swept the Nationals to move into a virtual tie atop the NL East, but FanGraphs remains decisively in favor of Washington at 70.5% to win the division. Schoenfield: 10 big storylines
Nationals look to reinforcements
Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman have recently returned from injuries. It's time for Washington's lineup to produce more. MLB Power Rankings
The trade deadline has passed, now it's time to consider the final two months of the season. Here are 10 big storylines to watch.
The Mets-Nationals delivered a 1.7 overnight rating on Sunday night, according to Nielsen.
Buster Olney recaps all of Sunday's MLB action including tempers flaring around the league and the Mets' big weekend sweep of the Nationals.
#PhotoOfTheNight: Lucas Duda and new teammate Yoenis Cespedes help the Mets grab the 5-2 victory over the Nationals. New York and Washington are now tied atop NL East.
Can the Mets truly make a first-place push? There seem to be a few things that bode in their favor moving forward.
The Mets' iconic mascot was in a celebratory mood after his team's sweep of Washington. The Nationals' GM? Not so much.
Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and streaking Lucas Duda homered in a span of five pitches, a sudden power strike that charged up Citi Field and sent the New York Mets past the Washington Nation
Mets sweep Nats, pull even in NL East
Noah Syndergaard (9 Ks, 0 BB) was dominant over eight innings of work, despite allowing two harmless homers, and the Mets' bats came alive in the third to post five runs behind back-to-back jacks by Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy. The Mets moved into a tie for first with the Nats atop the NL East after the 5-2 win. Box score
Noah Syndergaard silences Nats' bats
Syndergaard allowed two solo homers but struck out nine over eight innings in a strong start for the Mets. The Nats trail 5-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN
Syndergaard surrenders second homer
Noah Syndergaard had settled down since allowing a first-inning HR to Anthony Rendon, but his streak of four straight scoreless innings is over after he allowed a solo shot to Yunel Escobar in the sixth. The Mets still lead the Nats 5-2. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN
Lucas Duda is the first player in Mets history to hit 9 HRs in an 8-game span (via Elias). The Mets lead the Nationals 5-1 in the fifth. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN
Rendon 'double' turns to homer on review
Anthony Rendon gave the Nats a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo blast after it was initially ruled a double. It's Rendon's first homer since Sept. 26, 2014. Follow live
Watch: NL East showdown on ESPN
One game separates the first-place Nationals and second-place Mets as Jordan Zimmermann and Noah Syndergaard face off in New York, where the Mets are looking for the sweep. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN
Yoenis Cespedes will play center field for the Mets on Sunday as they go for the sweep against the Nationals.
If the Mets win and complete the three-game sweep, they will trail the Nationals only by percentage points in the NL East race.
GM face-off: Rizzo vs. Alderson
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo acquired Jonathan Papelbon at a hefty discount, but how did he stack up against Mets GM Sandy Alderson? New York is only a game behind Washington in the NL East. GM deadline grades (Insider)
Nationals vs Diamondbacks
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