Mets takeaways from Saturday's game two 4-3 loss to Nationals, including Tylor Megill's up-and-down night

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Tylor Megill blue road uniform front angle pitching
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The Mets snapped their six-game winning streak by falling to the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Saturday night.

Here are some key takeaways ...

- Just as they did in the early game, the Mets jumped out to a quick lead in game two, with the first three hitters in the order reaching base against Josh Rogers. Jonathan Villar walked to get things started, and a Pete Alonso double put runners at second and third with nobody out. A Michael Conforto single scored Villar and the Mets took a 1-0 lead. The Mets then had first and third with nobody out but couldn’t add another run.

- Tylor Megill was greeted rudely in the bottom of the first inning, as Lane Thomas smashed a leadoff home run to dead center to tie the game. A string of three Nats singles then resulted in another Washington run, with Carter Kieboom recording the RBI. Just like that, the Mets’ one-run lead had become a one-run deficit.

- Megill settled in, retiring the next eight Nats he faced in order. With the bullpen taxed from game one, Megill hit for himself in the fifth with the Mets down by run and stayed in the game. The move ultimately backfired, as the right-hander allowed a two-run homer to Alcides Escobar in the bottom half of the inning, pushing the Nats' lead to 4-1.

It was a very hot and cold night for Megill. He struck out eight and gave the Mets six innings, but he allowed a pair of homers and ultimately took the loss.

- Kevin Pillar brought the Mets within a run in the sixth, tagging Rogers for a two-run shot to make it a 4-3 game. With Brandon Nimmo on the IL, Pillar could be seeing a lot of time in center field, so it was certainly a good sign to see him get the bat going on Saturday night.

Unfortunately for the Mets, Pillar's homer was as close as they would get. Villar worked a walk in the seventh and stole second to put the tying run in scoring position, but Alonso went down looking to end the game.

- James McCann made his return from the IL, as he got the start behind the plate while hitting in the seven hole. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets and Nats will continue their five-game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Taijuan Walker will get the ball against Josiah Gray.