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Mets can’t complete four-game sweep of Nationals

It looked as if the New York Mets were on their way to a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals on Sunday, but then things unraveled in the eighth inning. The bullpen allowed three runs and the Nationals took the lead and eventually held on for a 4-2 victory.

The Nationals opened the scoring in the first inning with Nelson Cruz launching a solo home run over the center-field wall off Carlos Carrasco.

Francisco Lindor tied the game in the fourth with a solo shot to right, his first of the season. Later in the inning, Mark Canha lined a RBI single to right to put the Mets on top, 2-1.

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Washington scored three runs in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. Lucious Fox laid down a sacrifice bunt to tie the game. Three batters later, Cruz picked up his second and third RBI of the game with a two-out, two-run single to left-center. His two-run single ended up being the difference in the game.

Carrasco threw the ball really well as he allowed just one run on two hits over 5.2 innings while striking out five. Chasen Shreve and Trevor Williams both made their first relief appearances of the season and it did not go well. Shreve allowed one run and Williams allowed two.

Canha collected three of New York’s seven hits.

The Mets will head to Philadelphia to begin a three-game series with the Phillies on Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.