The Washington Nationals saw their losing streak extend to five games after falling to the New York Mets 6-5 in 12 innings on Sunday evening.
Outfielder Bryce Harper hit his sixth home run of the season in the first inning to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead, but the Mets answered back in the third when first baseman Adrian Gonzalez blasted a two-out grand slam to take a 4-2 advantage.
Catcher Pedro Severino hit a RBI single in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run to right field, which put the Mets up 5-3 in the fifth inning.
The Nationals made it a one run deficit in the fifth when shortstop Trea Turner hit a RBI single.
Michael A. Taylor hit a RBI single to left field to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning.
Harper reached first on a leadoff walk in the ninth inning. He ran to second after Mets’ pitch Seth Lugo threw past Gonzalez on an errant pick attempt.
Nationals’ first baseman hit a fly ball to center, which sent Harper to third base with one out.
Lugo would go on to walk Kendrick and Turner to load the bases. Lugo struck out the next two batters to send the game into extra innings.
The Mets were able to break the tie in the 12th inning when outfielder Yoenis Cespedes singled to center, driving in Juan Lagares.
Mets’ pitcher Jacob Rhame closed things out in the 12th.
Roark vs NYM: Tanner Roark threw a 22-pitch first inning where he allowed a two-out double and walk before striking out Cabrera to get out of trouble.
Despite allowing a single to Harvey, Roark was able to record two strikeouts in the second inning.
Roark got into trouble in the third when he allowed three straight walks to load the bases before Gonzalez hit a grand slam into the Nationals’ bullpen.
After striking out five straight batters, Roark gave up a solo home run to Cabrera in the fifth.
Roark was replaced by Shawn Kelley in the sixth inning.
Tanner Roark’s Line: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, 100 P, 61 S, 2/2 GO/FO
Harper Goes Yard...Again: Harper continued his hot start at the plate by blashing a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the first inning. It was Harper’s sixth home run of the season.
Harper would end up going 3-4 with the home run and a pair of walks.
Dark Knight Struggles: New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey struggled in his second start of the season as he allowed four runs on nine base hits.
Harvey gave up three hits in the first inning then bounced back with a 1-2-3 second. Harvey managed to throw a scoreless third inning. However, Harvey struggled in the fourth and fifth inning as he allowed a combined two runs on five hits.
Matt Harvey’s Line: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 W, 2 K, 85 P, 67 S, 8/3 GO/FO
Bullpen Action: Shawn Kelley, Matt Grace and Ryan Madson were solid out of the pen. The trio gave up no runs on one hit with two strikeouts combined in three innings of work.
Sean Doolittle came in the ninth inning and struck out two batters, while keeping the ballgame tied.
Sammy Solis replaced Doolittle in the 10th inning and managed to strike out the side. Solis came back and pitched a scoreless 11th inning.
Brandon Kintzler allowed the go-ahead run in the 12th inning and took the loss.
Final Score: 6-5 Mets
Nationals now 4-5