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Mets lose series after falling to Nats on Sunday

A Max Scherzer start and a huge day from the offense, which took advantage of 12 walks issued by Mets pitchers, gave the Nationals an early cushion that was enough for their struggling bullpen to preserve in a 12-9 victory in the rubber game on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Scherzer was in the middle of a five-run rally in the second inning, poking an RBI single through the left side of the infield to get the offense started. With the early advantage, Scherzer never looked back, giving up four runs with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He left the game with a 12-2 advantage — thanks in part to a big three-run homer from Anthony Rendon — and despite eight unanswered runs by the Mets, Nationals relievers were able to hang on to secure the win.

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