The Nats were just one game from being eliminated in the 2015 season & were now fighting to stay above .500 as they look up at the Mets 8 1/2 first place lead.
In Cincinnati Terry Collins first place Mets, Noah Syndergaard rolled along showing top form for seven innings, as he shut out the Reds allowing just three hits while striking out 11. It was the third time this season Syndergaard had double figures in strike outs. In the 8th he served up a two run HR, leaving the game with a 12-2 lead. He also drove in the games first run.
Lucas Duda had the biggest night of Mets batters & one of the biggest nights of his career. Duda had a pair of three run HRs with six RBIs (giving him 66 on the year).
In the 3rd inning, Daniel Murphy doubles & Yoenis Cespedes singled putting two men aboard for Duda. He hit the first of his two run HRs #23 on the year for him. In the 7th with the Mets up 4-0, Duda came up with David Wright on board & Murphy who had just singled in Curtis Granderson. Duda hit his second three run HR of the night putting New York up 9-0.
Curtis Granderson, the team leader in hits, was right behind him with a four RBI night (68) including his 24th HR & 31st double.
Daniel Murphy added his team leading 37th double & 70th RBI as well. (Yoenis Cespedes total numbers are higher but he joined the club on August 1st.)
After Syndergaard left, a rag tag Mets bullpen of Eric O'Flaherty (0 innings 1 hit 1 run) Bobby Parnell (0.1 innings 1 run 3 hits) & Tim Stauffer (0.2 innings 1 run 2 hits) got it to Hansel Robles who finally got the final out.