Juan Soto homered in the second, 1-0, and Brian Dozier snapped an 0 for 37 streak against the Mets with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, 3-1, but a three-run shot by J.D. Davis in the bottom of the seventh put New York on top, 4-3.
One inning later, however, the Nationals tied it up with Howie Kendrick singling and scoring on a double to left by Trea Turner, 4-4, before Soto made it 5-4 with an RBI double.
That lead didn’t last long. Pete Alonso took Tanner Rainey deep to left in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie it up at 5-5, and the Mets won it on an infield single by Amed Rosario with two on and two out in the ninth, 6-5.
Fedde vs NY: Erick Fedde’s last two appearances out of the bullpen were against the New York Mets he was facing tonight in his first start of the 2019 campaign.
Fedde tossed two scoreless in a May 14th relief appearance, then gave up four hits and four runs on the 16th, leaving him with a 3.38 ERA, four walks, seven Ks, and a .189/.268/.324 line against in 10 2⁄3 IP out of the bullpen this season.
Starting in what would have been Aníbal Sánchez’s spot, the 26-year-old, 2014 1st Round pick returned to the rotation tonight. Fedde got a 1-0 lead to work with in the top of the second, but promptly gave up back-to-back, one-out singles in the bottom of the inning that put runners on the corners in front of Carlos Gómez... who grounded into an inning-ending, 5-4-3 DP.
Fedde was up to 49 pitches after a five-pitch fourth which ended with a 6-4-3 DP after a one-out HBP.
A leadoff walk to Wilson Ramos and one-out hit-by-pitch on Juan Lagares in the fifth put two on, but the opposing pitcher, Zack Wheeler, bunted into a force at third for out No. 2, and a grounder to second by Jeff McNeil ... skipped off a diving Brian Dozier’s glove for an infield hit, and Lagares scored as the Nats’ second baseman recovered it, 1-1.
Erick Fedde’s Line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 61 P, 36 S, 7/2 GO/FO.
Wheeler vs Washington: In three starts and 15 2⁄3 innings pitched against the Nationals this season before tonight, Mets’ righty Zack Wheeler had a 9.77 ERA, 10 walks, 15 Ks, and a .323/.408/.492 line against, with his last outing against NY’s NL East rivals earlier this month in the nation’s capital in a start which saw him give up 11 hits and six earned runs over six innings on the mound.
Wheeler fell behind 1-0 early tonight when Juan Soto went deep to right and over the upper deck onto the concourse on a solo shot on a 97 MPH 1-2 fastball out over the plate that was absolutely crushed. No. 7 for Soto.
Juan Soto is 20 years old.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 22, 2019
Juan Soto has played 154 @MLB games.
Here's the Mets broadcast saying Juan Soto isn't a HR hitter.
Here's Juan Soto immediately hitting his 29th career HR ONTO THE CONCOURSE OF THE UPPER DECK. pic.twitter.com/BCL37k4X4A
Wheeler held the Nationals to one run, and just the one hit through five innings, and he was up to nine-straight batters set down after a 1-2-3 fifth.
That streak ended at 10-straight after Trea Turner beat out a grounder to second with one down in the sixth, but the righty got out of the inning at 99 pitches overall, and Wheeler came back out for the seventh and gave up a one-out single and a two-out, two-run home run to left field by Brian Dozier (who was 0 for his last 37 against the Mets before the hit), 3-1 Nationals.
Zack Wheeler’s Line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks, 2 HR, 118 P, 78 S, 3/4 GO/FO.
Rendon is Streaking: Anthony Rendon started the night with a seven-game hit streak, over which he was 12 for 25 (.480 AVG) with five doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs, six walks and 10 runs scored, and he’d homered in back-to-back games and in three of four overall.
Rendon was 0 for 3 through six against Zack Wheeler, and he walked in the top of the eighth.
Soto Goes Yard: Juan Soto was 6 for 15 (.400 AVG) with three doubles and two walks in his last four games heading into tonight’s matchup, and he’d reached base safely in 22 of his last 24 games going into the second of four in New York. He’d gone 11 games and 45 plate appearances without a home run heading into the matchup with the Mets, however. Going up against Zack Wheeler, against whom he was 2 for 13 in their respective careers, Soto hit a 97 MPH 2-2 fastball out to right and over the second deck onto the concourse for his 7th home run of 2019 in his first at bat...
Soto doubled to drive in a run in the eighth, putting the Nationals up 5-4, and leaving him 2 for 4 with two RBIs on the night.
BULLPEN ACTION: Wander Suero took over on the mound for the Nationals in the bottom of the sixth inning and retired the side in order, striking out two in a 12-pitch frame.
Suero came back out for the bottom of the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead, after Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run to left on a hanging slider from Zack Wheeler, and gave up a leadoff single by Wilson Ramos (who took second on a passed ball), and a one-out walk to Dominic Smith. J.D. Davis got a pinch hit opportunity with two on and hit a hanging 1-2 curve out to right field for a three-run blast and a 4-3 lead.
Tony Sipp got the final two outs of the Mets’ 7th.
Jeurys Familia came on for the Mets in the top of the eighth and gave up a pinch hit single by Howie Kendrick on a fly to right that dropped in front of a charging Jeff McNeil, and an RBI double by Trea Turner in the next at bat tied things up, with Kendrick scoring when J.D. Davis tracked Turner’s hit into the left field corner and had it jump off the wall on him, 4-4.
After an intentional walk to Anthony Rendon, Daniel Zamora came on to face Juan Soto and gave up an RBI double to right that put the Nationals on top, 5-4.
Matt Grace got the bottom of the eighth inning and got the first out from Robinson Canó before Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez went to the pen again for Tanner Rainey, whose second appearance in the majors this season started with a game-tying solo home run to left field by Pete Alonso on an 99 MPH 1-2 fastball that somehow stayed fair, 5-5, though it had to be checked.
Edwin Díaz came on in the top of the ninth and worked around a one-out hit for a scoreless frame.
Rainey came back out in the bottom of the ninth and issued back-to-back, one-out walks to Mets’ pinch hitter Adeiny Hechavarria and J.D. Davis. Jeff McNeil stepped in with a runner in scoring position, so the Nationals turned to Kyle Barraclough, who got out No. 2 on a weak one-hopper to second, before an infield single by Amed Rosario, on a ground ball to short that Rosario beat out... gave the Mets a 6-5 win.
Nationals now 19-29