Kieboom, Nats rally again, score 2 in 9th to edge Mets 4-3


WASHINGTON (AP)Carter Kieboom and Andrew Stevenson hit RBI singles in the ninth inning off Edwin Diaz and the Washington Nationals rallied once again, edging the New York Mets 4-3 Monday in the finale of a five-game series.

The Nationals, who had lost eight of their last nine, were 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position prior to the ninth.

Pete Alonso hit his 30th home run of the season for New York, which fell four games behind idle Atlanta in the NL East.

A series marked by rallies was decided by one final comeback.

Staked to a 3-2 lead, Diaz walked two of the first three hitters he faced before Stevenson singled to right. Kieboom then chopped a three-hopper up the middle against a drawn-in infield to score the winning run.

It was the second blown save in four days for Diaz (5-5), who is 1-3 with an 12.71 ERA in 10 games as a Met at Nationals Park.

Diaz wasted a two-run lead in the ninth inning in the series opener Friday night before the Mets recovered to win. New York squandered a nine-run lead in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader before winning, and bounced back from blowing a four-run margin Sunday for another victory.

Kyle Finnegan (5-6) pitched two scoreless innings for Washington, which won twice in the series.

Alonso hit Nationals starter Patrick Corbin’s second pitch of the sixth inning into the Mets bullpen for a 3-2 lead. Nonetheless, Corbin’s outing represented progress for both himself and his team.

The left-hander allowed three runs on 11 hits in seven innings, the longest outing of any Nationals starter since Corbin went seven innings against Philadelphia on Aug. 3. It was the first time a Washington starting pitcher completed six innings since Aug. 25.

New York starter Trevor Williams scattered 10 hits and two runs over five innings, his longest outing since the Mets acquired him July 30 from the Chicago Cubs.

Alonso’s RBI single opened the scoring in the first, and the Mets got another run in the fourth on Jeff McNeil’s double-play grounder.

Washington scored a run in the first when Alcides Escobar tripled and came home on Juan Soto’s groundout. The Nationals opened the fourth with three consecutive hits, including Lane Thomas’ RBI single.


Mets: Manager Luis Rojas said RHP Jacob deGrom (forearm tightness) threw from just more than 100 feet. ”We’ll see how he responds,” Rojas said. ”It’s the first time he’s gone up to that. When he’s about the 120-150 range, then they start talking more about mound work. Let’s get to that first and then we’ll probably have a date or know if he’s going to be OK to let the ball go with the entire mechanics of his throw.” . New York activated OF Dominic Smith from the bereavement list and optioned C Chance Sisco to Triple-A Syracuse. . RHP Stephen Nogosek was activated from the injured list and optioned to Syracuse.

Nationals: C Keibert Ruiz was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. Ruiz suffered a bone bruise when he took a foul ball off a knee Saturday.


Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 6.59 ERA) makes his eighth start as a Met as New York opens a three-game series at Miami.

Nationals: Washington begins a six-game road trip with RHP Paolo Espino (4-4, 4.08) facing Atlanta in the opener of a three-game series.

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