Rapid Reaction: Nationals 4, Mets 1

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.

Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee

#35 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM21
  • W7

  • L8

  • BB35

  • K94

  • ERA4.13

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.

The Mets produced only four hits -- two from Wright, an infield single by Eric Young Jr. in his return to the lineup following a right knee injury, and one by Daniel Murphy in the ninth.

What's next: The Mets complete the four-game series at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Carlos Torres (1-1, 0.94 ERA) opposes right-hander Taylor Jordan (0-3, 3.68).