Mets drop third-in-a-row, fall to 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals

The Mets scored in two consecutive innings and added another in the seventh but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated 5-3, dropping their third consecutive game and second to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night:

Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets, allowing four runs, three earned, over six innings:

The Nationals got to Hefner early scoring three runs in two hits in the top of the first inning.  Following a Daniel Murphy error and a Ryan Zimmerman walk, Adam LaRoche drilled a first pitch, hanging curve into the right field seats to give Washington the early 3-0 lead. Jeremy settled down to toss 3 2/3 scoreless innings before three consecutive singles plated the Nats fourth run of the game.

OH MURPH: Daniel Murphy committed two errors and third over the last two games while going hit-less in four at-bats.  The Mets second baseman is now 0-for-his-last 17 seeing his season average drop to .289 in the process.

THREE-HITS. REALLY?  NY mustered just three hits on the evening, one of which came off the bat of Ike Davis; who has now reached base in each of his last two games (pulling at straws here).

TOMORROW’S ANOTHER DAY: The Mets will send R.A. Dickey (8-1, 2.38 ERA) to the hill to oppose Chien-Ming Wang (1-1, 6.43) in the series finale at 1:10 pm.

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