The New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals, 8-2, in 10 innings on Monday night in the opening game of the three-game series at Citi Field. The loss was the Mets' fourth in a row and third in extra innings in their last seven games played.
Pedro Beato gave up five runs, four earned, off four hits and a walk and forced just one out before leaving the mound in the 10th. Michael Morse capped the Nats' six-run inning with a two-run home run.
Chris Young started for the Mets and gave up two earned runs off three hits and three walks while striking out seven in seven innings pitched. His only major mistake of the night came in the first inning when he gave up a two-run home run to Bryce Harper off of a 3-2 pitch with no outs. Harper finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Mets came back with a pair of homers of their own, however. David Wright hit a solo shot, his 15th home run of the season, in the fourth inning. Ike Davis tied the game at 2-2 with his 15th home run of the season in the seventh.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up four hits and struck out six in six innings of work. He gave up the Mets' first home run. Davis' game-tying shot came off Mike Gonzalez in his lone inning of work.
Washington's Tom Gorzelanny (3-2) was given the win for giving up just one hit and no runs in 1 2/3 innings. Tom Byrdak (2-2) earned the loss for putting what would prove to be the winning run on base in the 10th before being relieved by Beato.
Game 2 of the series is set for 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. R.A. Dickey (13-1, 2.84 ERA) and the Nats' Gio Gonzalez (12-5, 3.32) will be the starting pitchers.
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