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Mets score two on Tyler Clippard in the eighth, beat Nationals 7-4 in D.C.

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The Washington Nationals entered this afternoon's game with a 14-3 record against the New York Mets in 2014, but the Nats' NL East rivals from NY put together an eighth-inning rally that resulted in two runs and lifted the visiting team to a 7-4 win.

Mitchell Layton

Split Doubleheader Game 1 Top 5:

5. Quick Recap: In a gray, drizzly and mostly empty Nationals Park, the New York Mets took a 1-0 lead early in this afternoon's day half of the split doubleheader. Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson all singled off Washington Nationals' starter Blake Treinen in the opening frame with Granderson's two-out RBI single to right putting the visiting team ahead.

Ryan Zimmerman went the other way for a single to right in the first at bat of the fourth, then went first-to-third™ on a single to right-center by Adam LaRoche before scoring on a sac fly to center by Ian Desmond to tie things up at 1-1 after four.

Three straight one-out hits in the fifth put the Mets back on top with Daniel Murphy's line drive double to right bringing Matt den Dekker in after the outfielder singled to center to start the rally. 2-1 New York in the fifth. Curtis Granderson came up with runners on second and third and two out and lined a two-run single to right field to make it 4-1 Mets with his second and third RBIs of the game.

Jose Lobaton, Danny Espinosa and Nate Schierholtz all hit back-to-back-to-back singles off Dillon Gee to start the bottom of the fifth with Lobaton scoring on Schierholtz's grounder to right. Both runners moved into scoring position on a balk by Gee and Michael Taylor's line drive to left brought them both in to tie it up at 4-4 after five.

The Mets took a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning. Eric Young, Jr. took over at first base with two down, running for catcher Juan Centeno and stole second with Matt den Dekker at bat, collecting his 30th stolen base of the season before scoring on an RBI single to left by den Dekker. Wilmer Flores hit a sharp grounder to third in the next at bat, and den Dekker scored when Kevin Frandsen made a diving play and late throw to first. 6-4 New York.

Ryan Mattheus walked Curtis Granderson, gave up a double to right on a 3-0 fastball to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and surrendered an RBI by Ruben Tejada that made it 7-4 Mets.

That's how the day half of the Nats and Mets' split doubleheader ended. 7-4 final.

4. Treinen Gets Start: In six outings and 31 ⅔ innings pitched as a starter in the majors, 26-year-old right-hander Blake Treinen has put up a 2.27 ERA, a 3.63 FIP and a .237/.302/.305 line against.

In his last start, on September 17th, the one-time Oakland A's 2011 7th Round pick acquired by the Nationals in the January 16, 2013 three-team trade with the Athletics and Seattle Mariners that brought him, A.J. Cole and Ian Krol back in return for Michael Morse, shut the Atlanta Braves out over five innings on the mound in Turner Field in which he gave up a walk and three hits but no earned runs.

"When he throws the ball over the plate the ball moves a lot. Threw some good sliders tonight. Pitched really well, got a lot of grounders which is indicative of the ball sinking for him, which is good." -Matt Williams on Blake Treinen vs the Braves

"Pitched really well," Nationals' manager Matt Williams said after the spot start.

"It's been a while since he's been five innings, so we decided to limit it at that in anticipation of his next one. So, we didn't want to push him too far, but he pitched really well."

In discussing what allowed the 6'5'' sinker-balling righty to enjoy the success he has since joining the organization, Williams said it was all about command and the natural movement on Treinen's pitches.

"When he throws the ball over the plate the ball moves a lot," Williams explained. "Threw some good sliders tonight. Pitched really well, got a lot of grounders which is indicative of the ball sinking for him, which is good."

With the Nationals playing four games in two days starting with the doubleheader with the Mets today, Treinen was called upon to make another start, this time against New York.

Treinen made one relief appearances against the Nats' NL East rivals in early August, giving up three hits and one earned run in two innings.

This afternoon he made his first start against the Mets. It began with a fly to center...

1st: Matt den Dekker sent a fly ball through the light rain to Michael Taylor in center. Wilmer Flores sent a one-out single through the right side for the Mets' first hit. Daniel Murphy lined out to center for out no.2. Lucas Duda's two-out single to right sent Flores around to third. Curtis Granderson stepped in with runners on the corners and lined an RBI single to right. 1-0 Mets. Kirk Nieuwenhuis's grounder back to the mound ended a 16-pitch frame for Treinen.

2nd: Ruben Tejada singled to left to start the second, but Mets' catcher Juan Centeno sent a grounder to second base in the next at bat, starting a 4-6-3 DP. Dilon Gee's groundout to short ended a quick, seven-pitch frame that left Treinen at 23 pitches.

3rd: Matt den Dekker walked to start the third. Wilmer Flores whiffed on a fastball inside with den Dekker running and Jose Lobaton caught the runner stealing. Flores reached safely when Ian Desmond bobbled a bad-hop grounder and threw late to first. E:6. No.24 for Desmond. Daniel Murphy stepped in with a runner on and sent a fly to center for out no.2. Lucas Duda lined a two-out single by a lunging Danny Espinosa and out into center. Curtis Granderson tried to check his swinging on a 1-2 slider but couldn't. 22-pitch frame for Treinen, 45 total after three.

4th: Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out to first. Ruben Tejada grounded out to short. Juan Centeno's chopper up the middle ended a quick, seven-pitch, 1-2-3 frame. 52 total.

5th: Dillon Gee grounded out to short. Matt den Dekker sent a single to center field back over the mound. Wilmer Flores moved den Dekker into scoring position with a hard-hit grounder through the left side of the infield. Daniel Murphy stepped in with two on and one out and lined to right to bring den Dekker in and make it 2-1 Mets. RBI double... That was it for Treinen.

Blake Treinen's Line: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 64 P, 42 S, 8/2 GO/FO.

3. Gee Whiz: In 12 second-half starts before today's, 28-year-old New York Mets' starter Dillon Gee went (3-7) with a 4.95 ERA, a 5.00 FIP and a .256/.334/.449 line against in 72 ⅔ IP. Two of those twelve starts have been against the Nationals.

In an August 14th outing in Citi Field, the right-hander gave up four hits, four walks and four runs, all earned, in six innings of work in a 4-1 loss.

On September 12th in New York, Gee earned his seventh win of the season with 5 ⅓ IP in which he gave up nine hits, two walks and three earned runs in a 4-3 win.

Those were the second and third outings for Gee against the Nationals in 2014, after he gave up four hits, two walks and four earned runs in 6 ⅔ IP in his first start of the season on March 31st in what ended up a 9-7 loss in which he received no decision.

Those outings left him (8-4) in 15 starts against the Mets' NL East rivals in his career, with a 3.51 ERA, 30 walks (2.84 BB/9) and 68 Ks (6.44 K/9) in 95 IP over which he held Nats' hitters to a combined .244/.311/.433 line.

Gee's 16th career start against the Nationals began with a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning. Ian Desmond singled with one down in the second, but he was stranded at the end of a 16-pitch second that left Gee at 28 pitches total after two.

Danny Espinosa lined a single to right to start the Nationals' third, but he appeared to be doubled up when Blake Treinen's bunt back to the mound started a 1-6-4 DP. The call was reversed, however, with Treinen ruled safe at first. Two outs later, however, Gee was through three scoreless on 44 pitches after a 16-pitch frame.

Ryan Zimmerman went the other way with a fastball outside and singled to right, then went first-to-third on a line drive single to the right-center gap by Adam LaRoche. Ian Desmond sent a sac fly to center in the next at bat, bringing Zimmerman in, but LaRoche was thrown out on the play trying to take second on a throw home that sailed by the plate. 1-1 game. 10-pitch frame by Gee, 54 pitches overall.

Jose Lobaton and Danny Espinosa singled in back-to-back at bats to start the Nationals' fifth. Nats' pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz stepped in with two on and no one out and singled to right by a diving Lucas Duda, 4-2. A balk moved both runners into scoring position and Michael Taylor drove them both in with a two-run single to left. 4-4. Taylor was thrown out trying to steal second. Bryce Harper singled to center in the next at bat, but two outs later Harper was stranded. 4-4 game after five. 72 pitches total for Gee after an 18-pitch frame.

Dillon Gee's Line: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks, 72 P, 49 S, 4/5 GO/FO.

2. Turning Point(s): The Mets knocked Blake Treinen out in the top of the fifth inning and scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead, but the Nationals battled back with five hits off Mets' right-hander Dillon Gee in the bottom of the inning.

Nate Schierholtz drove in a run with a grounder to right that got by a diving Lucas Duda at first and Michael Taylor brought two home with a line drive to left field that tied things up at 4-4. The Nats five-hit, three-run frame knocked Gee out of the game.

It was still tied at 4-4 with two out in the Mets' eighth when pinch runner Eric Young, Jr. took over at first for Mets' catcher Juan Centeno. Young, Jr. stole second with Matt den Dekker up and scored when the Mets' left fielder singled through the left side of the infield. Wilmer Flores hit a sharp grounder to third in the next at bat, and Kevin Frandsen made a diving play, but his throw to first was late and den Dekker never stopped running so Flores was safe and den Dekker scored to make it 6-4.

Should Frandsen have pocketed it and kept the runner at third?

1. The Wrap-Up: Xavier Cedeno took over on the mound with runners on second and third and one out in the Mets' fifth and popped Lucas Duda up to short for the second out of the frame. Curtis Granderson got a two-out RBI opportunity and cashed it in with a two-run single to right, however, making it 4-1 Mets after five.

Jerry Blevins threw a quick, 15-pitch, 1-2-3 6th after the Nationals rallied against Gee to keep it tied up at 4-4.

Mets' right-hander Buddy Carlyle gave up a leadoff walk to Ian Desmond in the home-half of the sixth and Desmond stole second (no.24) one out later, but the NY reliever completed a scoreless 17-pitch frame.

Blevins came back in the seventh and issued a leadoff walk to Wilmer Flores before striking out left-handers Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda, both with curves. Curtis Granderson stepped in with a runner on and singled to right, leaving him 3 for 4 through four at bats. Kirk Nieuwenhuis K'd swinging through an 0-2 sinker for Blevins' 5th K.

Carlos Torres issued a two-out walk to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the seventh, bringing Ryan Zimmerman up, but a groundout to second ended a scoreless frame.

Tyler Clippard came on in the eighth with the score still tied at 4-4 and hit Ruben Tejada with a full-count change in the first at bat. Juan Centeno bunted into an out when Kevin Frandsen opted to throw to second. Mets' skipper Terry Collins challenged the call at second. Pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hit a broken-bat liner to center that Michael Taylor was all over, making a sliding catch with his glove at his side. Eric Young, Jr. took over for Juan Centeno at first, stole second and scored when Matt den Dekker hit a two-out single through the left side of the infield. Wilmer Flores hit a sharp grounder to third in the next at bat, but in spite of a diving play and strong throw to first by Kevin Frandsen, Flores beat it down the line and den Dekker kept running and scored to make it 6-4 after seven and a half.

Jeurys Familia struck out the side in an 18-pitch, 1-2-3 eighth.

Nationals' right-hander Ryan Mattheus gave up a one-out walk to Curtis Granderson and a double to right on a 3-0 fastball to Kirk Nieuwenhuis that put runners on second and third in front of Ruben Tejada, whose RBI single to center made it 7-4 Mets.

Jenrry Mejia gave up a leadoff single by Jose Lobaton and a one-out walk to Steven Souza to bring Michael Taylor up with a chance to tie it. Taylor K'd swinging Bryce Harper sent a fly to center to end the game. 7-4 Mets.

Nationals now 92-65