Mets takeaways from Monday's 4-3 loss to Nationals, including ninth inning collapse

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Mets Trevor Williams throws blue jersey
Mets Trevor Williams throws blue jersey

The Mets gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, losing to the Washington Nationals 4-3.

Here are some key takeaways...

1) Francisco Lindor doubled to left field with one out in the first inning, and advanced to third on Michael Conforto's groundout. Pete Alonso came through with an RBI single through the infield to right, as the Mets went up 1-0. In the bottom of the first, Alcides Escobar hit a triple to right off Trevor Williams, and then scored on Juan Soto's groundout to tie the game at one.

2) Williams walked Soto to lead off the bottom of the third, and advanced to third on Josh Bell's double. Soto elected not to tag up on a lineout to Conforto in right, and was then thrown out at home by Jonathan Villar on a ground ball fielder's choice. Williams then got Alex Avila to pop out and escape the inning.

3) Javier Baez and Kevin Pillar went had back-to-back opposite field singles to start the fourth inning, giving the Mets runners on the corners with no one out. Jeff McNeil grounded into a 4-4-3 double play as Pillar was called out for running out of the baseline, but the run scored to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

4) Williams gave up three straight singles in the fourth, as Lane Thomas singled to left field to tie the game up at two. Williams settled down and struck out Escobar, got Soto to pop out, and Bell to ground out to short to end the inning.

5) Alonso opened the top of the sixth with a solo home run off Patrick Corbin to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. It was home run No. 30 on the season for Alonso and No. 99 for his career. Williams' day ended after 5.0 IP, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 92 pitches. The Nats went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position against him.

6) Edwin Diaz came in for the save, but walked Escobar to leadoff the ninth. McNeil made a clutch catch against the wall on the left field line to steal a hit away from Soto for the first out. Diaz walked Bell, and then gave up a game-tying single to Andrew Stevenson. Carter Kieboom delivered the walk-off single through the infield to win 4-3.

Highlights

What's Next

The Mets begin a three-game series on the road against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. on SNY.

Carlos Carrasco will get the start for the Mets, and will go up against Edward Cabrera for the Marlins.