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Morning Briefing: NL East race tightens with Mets' loss, Nats' win

BALTIMORE --

FIRST PITCH: The National League East race got a little tighter Wednesday.

With the Washington Nationals' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, the New York Mets' lead atop the division was trimmed to 3 1/2 games.

The Mets traveled to Denver after their loss Wednesday at Camden Yards and will spend an off day Thursday out west -- although probably not attending the Nats-Rockies series finale.

When the Mets resume play Friday, Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58 ERA) will oppose Rockies right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 2.40) at 8:40 p.m. ET.

THURSDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:

BIRTHDAYS: Cory Sullivan turns 36. ... Lance Broadway is 32. ... Cliff Cook was born on this date in 1936. ... St. Lucie reliever Robby Coles is 24.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

YOU'RE UP: Has your confidence level dipped that the Mets will hold off the Nationals?