WASHINGTON — Sunday the Mets saw the two sides of Hansel Robles. Earlier in the day, they saw the strong young power reliever who they considered a back-end of the bullpen arm coming into this season. In the nightcap, they saw the maddening inconsistency that has seemingly undermined the 27-year old every time he started to earn a little trust this year.
Robles walked three straight hitters in the sixth inning Sunday night, walking in the tying run and setting up the go-ahead run in the Nationals 5-4 win over the Mets.
“I mean he’s better than that. We saw that in the first game, came in in a huge situation and struck out two of the best hitters in their lineup,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “But you can’t walk guys in the big leagues….three guys in a row…then you gotta go get him.”
In their last meeting in the nation’s capital of the season, the Mets split the day and the series with the National League East leaders. The Mets (57-73) and Nationals (78-50) split the four-game series and the doubleheader.
The Mets eked out a 6-5 win over the Nationals on Amed Rosario’s eighth inning home run in the day game, with Robles striking out ANthony Rendon and Ryan ZImmerman with the bases loaded.
The Mets got just 3.2 innings from Seth Lugo, who was on a pitch limit of 75 pitches in his first start off the disabled list, allowed two runs on four hits in the nightcap. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
But that forced the Mets into their bullpen — again.
The Mets bullpen had allowed four runs in the day game and gave up three in the nightcap.
Robles gave up a single to Wilmer Difo and then issued three straight, one out walks to bring home the tying run. Chasen Bradford came in and walked Andrew Stevenson to score the go-ahead run before inducing an inning-ending double play ball.
“He had been so good lately, but you look at the game in Colorado and this one,” Collins said of Robles, who allowed a walked in the walkoff RBI in Colorado earlier this month. “He doesn’t do that that much. When it starts to go south, I don’t know if he can slow himself down to regain talk to him about and see if we can get him back on track faster.”
Erik Goeddel gave up a solo home run to Adam Lind in the eighth for an insurance run.
Brandon Nimmo came through big Sunday night. He hit his first home run of the season, his second career major league homer, in the sixth as the Mets rallied for three run. Jose Reyes had started the comeback off with a one-out single and scoring from first on Juan Lagares’ single.Travis d’Arnaud scored on Reyes’ sinking liner that Michael Taylor couldn’t get to in the top of the ninth.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Daniel Murphy going first to third on Anthony Rendon’s single was some rare speed shown by the former Met. It set up the Nationals second run, which would prove important.
The sixth inning when Hansel Robles walked three straight hitters to bring in the tying run and Chasen Bradford came in and walked in the go-ahead run.
STAR OF THE GAME
Brandon Nimmo homered for the first time since July 1, 2016. His fist in 113 at-bats.
STAT OF THE DAY
32-21. With four home runs in the two games Sunday, the Mets have hit 32 home runs in their last 21 games at Nationals Park.
Juan Lagares went 2-for-5 with an RBI-double and he beat out a bunt to lead off the eighth.
Hansel Robles snapped a streak of 7.2 scoreless innings Sunday walking three straight to walk in the tying run.
Tuesday at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
RHP Chris Flexen (3-2, 5.79) vs. RHP Sal Romano (3-5, 4.96)
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