Mets sweep 2 Nats games but are eliminated in NL East race

NEW YORK (AP) — New York was knocked out of the NL East race even as Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeill opened with three straight home runs to propel the Mets to an 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals and a scanning a double program. Tuesday night.

The Mets won Game 1, 4-2.

The Braves were at bat in the sixth with a 2-1 lead at Miami when the Mets entered Game 2 with three straight homers for the first time in team history.

Atlanta closed out its fifth straight division title with the 2-1 victory over the Marlins as the Mets finished at bat in the fourth. A few groans could be heard from the crowd, who earlier chanted “Let’s Go Marlins.”

The Mets will face the Padres or Phillies in a best-of-three wildcard series starting Friday at home. The winner of this series will face the best Dodgers in the NL in the Division Series starting Tuesday.

Despite the historic nightcap start, the Mets have failed in the NL East race after leading the division for 175 days and holding a 10 1/2 game lead on June 1. New York also had a seven-game advantage on August 10. — three days after taking four of Atlanta’s five home.

Brandon Nimmo homered and drove in three runs for the New York Mets in Game 1.

The Atlanta Braves started the day with a magic number one for winning the division after sweeping a three-game series against the Mets over the weekend.

Nimmo homered on Paolo Espino’s second pitch (0-9), Lindor hit five pitches later reaching the second deck on the right as a dog collected the ball and McNeil connected on the right three pitches later.

It was the first time the Mets had hit three consecutive home runs since Michael Conforto, James McCann and Jonathan Villar achieved the feat on Aug. 7, 2021, in Philadelphia.

The doubleheader at Citi Field began in tough conditions in front of a sparse crowd that included a few dogs as part of a “Bark in the Park” promotion and endured rain for the final three innings.

DISH LAUNCH

Taijuan Walker finished two outs from qualifying for the win, allowing four hits in 4 1/3 innings in Game 2. Walker struck out 10 for his third double-digit batting game this year and 12th of his career.

Stephen Nogosek (1-1) had six strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings for his first career victory.

Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs on five hits over four innings in Game 1. Adam Ottavino (6-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings and Edwin Díaz had four outs for his 32nd save.

NAT SCORE

Riley Adams hit a two-run homer for Washington, which won two of three at the Mets last month.

The Nationals suffered their 105th loss and officially clinched the NL’s worst record.

“I consider the season a disappointment,” general manager Mike Rizzo said before the game. “I’ve always said you were what your record says you are, and our record says we’re the worst team in the league right now. And it’s hard to argue with that.

THE CLOUD FORECAST OF STRASBOURG

Rizzo says Stephen Strasburg’s status for 2023 is unknown after the right-hander was limited to one start due to a series of injuries.

“It’s still a bit of a mystery,” Rizzo said. “I know he is working hard to strengthen his core and other parts of his body. We’ll just have to see.

The 34-year-old right-hander has thrown a total of 31 1/3 innings in eight starts over the past three seasons combined. He had carpal tunnel surgery in 2020 and then needed surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in 2021.

After his only start in 2022, Strasbourg returned to the injured list with a stress reaction from the ribs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: OF Starling Marte, who hasn’t played since Sept. 6 with a fractured right middle finger suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Pittsburgh, is still feeling unwell. Manager Buck Showalter said Marte still couldn’t grab a bat, but also didn’t rule him out for the first round of the playoffs.

NEXT

RHP Erick Fedde (6-12, 5.27) leaves for Washington on Wednesday afternoon. The Mets have not announced a starter.

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