Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/12)

Game 1: Thursday, September 11
NY Mets2
Game 2: Friday, September 12
NY Mets4
Game 3: Saturday, September 13
NY Mets3
Game 4: Sunday, September 14
NY Mets0

Nationals 3

(83-63, 37-35 away)

Mets 4

(72-76, 37-36 home)

    Coverage:  SNNY

    7:10 PM ET, September 12, 2014

    Citi Field, New York, New York 

    123456789 R H E
    WSH 002010000 3 11 1
    NYM 30001000 - 4 7 2

    W: D. Gee (7-7)

    L: G. Gonzalez (8-10)

    S: J. Mejia (26)

    Nationals-Mets Preview

    It's well documented that the New York Mets don't often beat the Washington Nationals -- particularly at home, where they've dropped 12 straight in this NL East rivalry.

    The only two times New York has beaten Washington anywhere this year is when it's faced Gio Gonzalez, who once dominated the Mets but has lost his last two starts against them heading into Friday night's matchup.

    Washington (83-62) improved to 11-2 this season against New York (71-76) with a 6-2 victory in Thursday's opener of this four-game set. The Nationals have won six straight over the Mets, 41 of the last 54 matchups and 26 of 30 at Citi Field.

    Gonzalez (8-9, 3.78 ERA) yielded one run in six innings April 2 to earn a 5-1 victory over the Mets, improving to 6-0 with a 1.61 ERA over a seven-start stretch against them.

    The left-hander then went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his next two outings against New York. Juan Lagares is 5 for 8 against him this year and Daniel Murphy is 3 for 4.

    Gonzalez seeks to win a third straight outing after allowing two runs in six-plus innings in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

    New York may like its chances of dealing Gonzalez another defeat since it will have Dillon Gee (6-7, 3.74) on the mound.

    Gee is 7-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 14 career starts against Washington -- his highest win total against any club. However, he's 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in two starts versus the Nationals this season.

    The right-hander has enjoyed some success against several Washington regulars, limiting Denard Span to a .200 average, Adam LaRoche to .214 and Anthony Rendon to two hits in 20 at-bats.

    Gee fell to 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in his last three outings after surrendering two runs in seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Cincinnati.

    The Nationals lowered their magic number to clinch the division to nine after LaRoche and Rendon hit two-run homers Thursday.

    LaRoche is 13 for 36 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 10 games versus New York this year. His 28 homers against the Mets are his most against any club.

    "I don't know what it is," LaRoche said. "This year, I know I've been pretty comfortable against them for whatever reason. There are certain pitchers as a hitter you match up well, just timing-wise, you're just kind of in rhythm with them."

    There could be some bad blood in the remainder of this series after the Mets' Bartolo Colon plunked Jayson Werth following Rendon's homer and was ejected in the fourth inning. Colon also drilled Ian Desmond after LaRoche's homer in the first.

    Nationals reliever Matt Thornton hit Murphy on the left wrist in the eighth inning, causing the Mets third baseman to exit.

    Colon hit two batters in one game for just the fifth time in his big league career and first since 2009.

    "I don't have an opinion one way or the other, all I know is that he has exceptional control," Washington manager Matt Williams said. "We deal with it and move on."

    New York failed to record its first five-game win streak.

    "We've got to play better. That's the only reason they're beating us at home. We're just not playing," manager Terry Collins said.

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    Gameday Matchup

     WashingtonNew York
    Current StreakW2W2
    Last 108-26-4

    Pitching Matchup

    WashingtonNew York
    G. Gonzalez
    10-10, 3.57 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 vs NYM
    7.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win
    D. Gee
    7-8, 4.00 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at WSH
    5.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.WashingtonNew York
    1. D. Span, CF E. Young Jr., LF
    2. A. Cabrera, 2B J. Lagares, CF
    3. A. Rendon, 3B E. Campbell, 3B
    4. A. LaRoche, 1B L. Duda, 1B
    5. I. Desmond, SS T. d'Arnaud, C
    6. B. Harper, LF C. Granderson, RF
    7. W. Ramos, C D. Herrera, 2B
    8. N. Schierholtz, RF R. Tejada, SS
    9. G. Gonzalez, P D. Gee, P

    Research Notes

    Anthony Rendon (WSH): at least 3 hits in back-to-back games for 1st time this season (2nd time in career)

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