Jacob deGrom wasn’t at his best, and the Mets’ bullpen gave up a late run to break a 3-3 tie, officially eliminating them from playoff contention with a 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Saturday. >> Box score
Five things to know from Saturday’s game
1. Making his final start of the year, deGrom geared his fastball up to as high as 102 mph, but did not have his best outing. He allowed two home runs to Andrew Stephenson (one of which was inside-the-park) and another run on a wild pitch. He finished the game firing 113 pitches over five innings, striking out 10 and allowing three runs on five hits.
2. Miguel Castro came on for deGrom in the sixth, and very quickly the Nationals had runners at the corners with nobody out. Castro got a strikeout and then gave way to Edwin Diaz, whose first pitch was ripped to right field by Josh Harrison. The Mets got the force out at second, but the go-ahead run came around to score on the play.
3. Max Scherzer was on the opposite side of the ledger and a familiar face touched him for a two-run homer in the third inning. Wilson Ramos, the former Nationals catcher, delivered a long home run to dead center field to break open the scoring and give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
4. After Stephenson’s home run made it a 2-1 game, Amed Rosario got the run back with a home run of his own. Rosario came into the game after Andres Gimenez was forced to exit with what was termed as right oblique tightness. Rosario’s homer came with two outs and nobody on in the fourth inning and put the Mets back in front, 3-1.
5. With the Mets up 3-2 in the fifth, Stephenson’s second home run of the game came after he drove a ball down the left field line over the head of Dominic Smith. Smith tried to go back on the ball, but went crashing face-first into the fence as the ball dribbled away. Stephenson circled the bases as Smith remained on the ground, and the Nationals tied the score at three.
Rick Porcello and Anibal Sanchez are set to matchup in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader.