WASHINGTON -- Maybe those playoff aspirations were a little unrealistic.
A day after being on the brink of second place in the National League East, the Mets now are losers are two straight. Dillon Gee surrendered a career-high-matching three homers as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.
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New York now trails first-place Atlanta by 11 ½ games.
The game was delayed 62 minutes in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Nats starter Dan Haren held the Mets hitless until David Wright's fourth-inning single, and off the scoreboard until Wright's sixth-inning RBI single. By then, Washington already had produced solo homers from Ian Desmond and Denard Span on consecutive second-inning pitches as well as a two-run shot an inning later from Bryce Harper.
Gee entered the start off consecutive outings in which he did not allow an earned run. His line this time: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3 HR. Gee's ERA rose to 4.13.