WASHINGTON -- If the Mets want to avoid their sixth straight losing season, they will need to run the table in their remaining five games.
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The Mets dropped to 3-14 against the Nats this season.
The Mets (76-81) remained in a second-place tie with Atlanta in the NL East with the Pirates clinching a playoff berth by beating the Braves.
LaRoche staked the Nats to a 4-1 lead. He now has 29 career homers against the Mets. Among active players, only a trio of Philadelphia Phillies have more: Ryan Howard 41, Chase Utley 33 and Jimmy Rollins 30.
Colon, who is under control for 2015 at $11 million, ultimately was charged with four earned runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. He has logged 196 1/3 innings this season. Terry Collins said Colon wants to reach the 200-inning plateau, and will be afforded that opportunity in Sunday’s season finale against the Houston Astros at Citi Field.
Ouch: Denard Span made a dazzling diving catch on the track in left-center to rob Matt den Dekker of an extra-base hit and end the top of the third. Span, injured, then departed for a pinch hitter in the bottom half.