WASHINGTON -- The pursuit of .500 continues!
Matt den Dekker produced a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth against Tyler Clippard as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 7-4, in Game 1 of a split doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.
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Den Dekker plated pinch runner Eric Young Jr., who stole second base with two outs to reach scoring position. Den Dekker ultimately scored from second base on Wilmer Flores' infield single. EY Jr.’s swipe was his 30th of the season.
The Mets (77-81) won for only the fourth time in 18 games against the Nats this season.
The Amazin’s can snap a string of five straight losing seasons by winning their remaining four games.
With the matinee victory, the Mets returned to a second-place tie with the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Oh, Gee: Dillon Gee finished the season with a 7-8 record and 4.00 ERA after tossing five innings in a no-decision. Gee, staked to a 4-1 lead, allowed three fifth-inning runs, including a game-tying two-run single by Michael Taylor.
Gee’s final line: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
He tossed the first balk by a Met this season. The Amazin’s were bidding to become the first NL club in 15 years to go a full season without a balk.
Gee, 28, is a candidate to be traded during the winter. He again is eligible for arbitration after earning $3.625 million this season. Gee is under the Mets’ control through the 2016 season.
He logged 137 1/3 innings in 2014. He allowed 128 hits and 43 walks while striking out 94.