The Washington Nationals rallied back from a 3-1 deficit in the 8th inning, and then took the lead for good in the 11th, to beat the Mets 7-3 at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets wasted a dominant performance by Chris Young, who allowed the Nats only 1 run on 1 hit in his 7 innings of work.  The Mets took a 3-1 lead into the 8th inning thanks to RBI singles by David Wright and Angel Pagan in the 1st, and Ike Davis in the 5th.  However, D.J. Carrasco gave it back, allowing 2 runs while only recording 2 outs.  

In the 11th inning, with the score still tied at 3, Pudge Rodriguez singled to drive in the go-ahead run and then Laynce Nix followed up with a 3-run bomb to put the game out of reach. 

3 Up:

– Chris Young: 7 innings, 3 total baserunners, retired 18 of his last 19 batters including the last 9.  Certainly deserved a win here.

Jose Reyes: 3-5 with a run scored.  One of only 2 Mets with a really solid offensive day, with the other one being…

– Ike Davis: 2-4 with an RBI.  He also merited an intentional walk in the 10th with Reyes on 3rd base and 2 outs.  He continues to establish himself as a legitimate RBI bat in this Mets lineup.

3 Down:

– Mets Bullpen vs. Nats Bullpen: 4 innings pitched, 6 hits, 4 walks, 6 runs for the Mets.  5 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs for the Nats.  Ouch.

– Strikeouts: Mets batters combined to strike out 17 times today.

– Bottom of the 10th: After Reyes singled to lead off the inning, why didn’t they tell him to try to steal second and thus put their struggling lineup in better position to manufacture a run?  This decision proved costly, as Willie Harris failed to get a bunt down, and Reyes never scored in the inning.

On Deck:

The Mets continue their homestand and open a series with the Colorado Rockies tomorrow at 7:10 PM.

COL Hammel (1-0, 7.20) vs. NYM Pelfrey (0-1, 15.63)