Rapid Reaction: Nats 5, Mets 2

WASHINGTON -- After getting blanked in consecutive Subway Series games, the Mets did get on the scoreboard at Nationals Park.

It was too little, too late.

Jonathon Niese lasted only four innings -- his shortest start since also going that distance on May 5, 2013 -- and the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday.

With two on and two out in the top of the ninth, Daniel Murphy sent a shot to the wall in right field, but Jayson Werth corralled it to end the game. It's unclear if the baseball otherwise would have cleared the wall.

Niese surrendered five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in an 84-pitch effort.

The Mets’ scoreless streak reached 22 innings before Ruben Tejada's run-scoring ground out in the fifth pulled the Amazin’s within 5-1. Eric Young Jr. added an RBI double later in that frame against Nats starter Tanner Roark.

The scoreless streak ended one shy of matching the season high -- a 23-inning drought that included consecutive shutouts in Miami on May 6-7.

In a three-run first, David Wright failed to handle Anthony Rendon’s grounder for an error. Also in that frame, Daniel Murphy bobbled Tyler Moore’s grounder, and the Mets were unable to turn an inning-ending double play, which allowed the third run to score.

The Mets (19-22) dropped to three games under .500.

Carlos Torres, Jose Valverde and Josh Edgin did combine for four scoreless relief innings, although that required E.Y. Jr. throwing out a runner at the plate.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.84 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97) at 4:05 p.m. Saturday.