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Mets drop second straight to Nationals

It may not be easy for the Mets to continue finding everyday playing time for Andrés Giménez. But during a season in which much has gone wrong for the Mets, the team’s best chance at rallying would seem to require Giménez in the lineup every day.

The Mets’ do-everything rookie infielder tripled and scored the team’s only run in a 2-1 defeat to the Nationals on Tuesday at Citi Field, which otherwise featured the same runners-in-scoring-position woes as nearly every other New York loss this season. The Mets stranded seven runners, bringing their league-leading total to 148 in 18 games.

One batter who didn’t strand anyone was Giménez, who added plenty of fine defensive work to his offensive contribution. In the fifth and eighth innings, Giménez and Luis Guillorme turned slick 4-6-3 double plays on Trea Turner, who had never previously hit into multiple double plays in a game.

The Mets were using a stronger-than-usual defensive alignment behind contact-oriented starting pitcher Rick Porcello, who allowed a Turner leadoff homer in the first and a Victor Robles RBI single in the second. Despite finishing with a quality start, Porcello took his second loss.

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