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Max Scherzer exits early with fatigue as Mets fall to Nationals

New York Met fans held their breath as starting pitcher Max Scherzer exited Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals after five innings of one-run ball.

The team later announced that the right-hander is dealing with left-side fatigue. After Scherzer’s departure, the bullpen collapsed, and the Mets suffered a 7-1 loss to the worst team in baseball.

New York trailed, 2-1, entering the top of the ninth inning when Washington put up a five-spot to bust the game open.

The Mets’ lone run came in the bottom of the third inning on Eduardo Escobar’s 14th home run of the season. Aside from that, the team had just three hits, with two coming from Starling Marte.

Carlos Carrasco will come off the injured list and start Sunday for the Mets as they will try to take two of three from the Nationals. The first pitch is set for 1:40 p.m.