The Mets had led their division rivals in the standings all season long until a decisive juncture on Wednesday night. Steven Matz coughed up five earned runs, six hits and two home runs over five-plus innings in the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park. Meanwhile at Nationals Park, Max Scherzer hurled seven scoreless innings against the Phillies and led Washington to a 2-0 victory. When the Mets (35-59) retreated to the visitor's clubhouse with their heads hanging low, the Nationals had leap-frogged over the Mets in the National League East.
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