Mets Wait Out Max Scherzer and Rally Against the Nationals’ Bullpen

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Juan Lagares hit a go-ahead, three-run double off Washington closer Sean Doolittle, and Rajai Davis capped the six-run eighth inning with a three-run homer in his first at-bat for the Mets, who rallied to beat the Nationals, 6-1, Wednesday night.

Max Scherzer stranded seven runners in six shutout innings, and Adam Eaton homered on Jacob deGrom’s fourth pitch in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners.

Washington’s bullpen entered with a major-league-worst 6.61 earned-run average, and it got even worse. The Nationals have won just twice in 11 starts by Scherzer.

Adeiny Hechavarría doubled with one out in the eighth off Kyle Barraclaugh (0-1), who then walked Todd Frazier with two outs.

Doolittle relieved and hit Carlos Gomez. Lagares followed with a one-hop double to the left-center wall, ending an 0-for-12 slide. Wilson Ramos was walked, and the 38-year-old Davis hit the first pinch homer of his career. Davis was called up before the game when Brandon Nimmo went on the injured list with neck inflammation.

Robinson Canó left after straining his left quad running to first base when he grounded out in the third following J.D. Davis’ two-out double.

Drew Gagnon (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the Mets, who had been 0-23 when trailing after seven innings. Tyler Bashlor finished the three-hitter.

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The Mets (23-26) won their third straight — all after the team said Mickey Callaway’s job as manager was safe — and won their sixth straight at home.

Washington has dropped to 19-30 and is 10 games under .500 for the first time since September 2011.

Scherzer allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked two, but he needed 25 pitches in the first and fifth innings and 24 in the fourth. He left after 109 pitches, falling one shy of matching Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer as the only hurlers since the start of the 2018 season to throw 110 pitches in five straight starts.

DeGrom allowed two hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and three walks.



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