Chirinos homers as Mets maintain playoff hopes, top Nats 3-2

Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in 3 runs, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals Three-2 on Thursday evening to stay their flickering postseason hopes alive.

The Mets (26-31) moved inside of 2 half video games of Miami (28-28) for 2d position within the NL East and inside of 2 half video games of San Francisco (28-28) for the NL’s 2d wild card spot.

David Peterson (6-2) closed his rookie season along with his longest trip, going seven innings and permitting 4 hits and one run whilst hanging out 4. He leads New York in victories with two greater than ace Jacob deGrom. Peterson is in line to change into the 6th rookie ever to steer the Mets in victories and the primary since Dillon Gee in 2011.

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“Expectantly, it’s no longer over,” Peterson stated. “Expectantly, we will end sturdy and spot what occurs. It’s been a excellent revel in for me.”

Justin Wilson labored the 8th, and Edwin Diaz gave up a two-out, RBI unmarried to Yadiel Hernandez within the 9th however escaped additional hassle for his 6th save.

Chirinos, obtained from Texas on Aug. 31, started the day hitting .149 and not using a homers and 4 RBIs in 67 at-bats between his two stops this season. However he belted a two-run homer off Washington starter Patrick Corbin (2-7) within the 5th, then legged out a two-out, RBI infield unmarried an inning later to provide the Mets a Three-1 lead.

“Expectantly, we have now a possibility to get to the postseason,” Chirinos stated. “I do know there’s numerous stuff that should occur, however we will handiest do what we will keep an eye on.”

Corbin threw a season-high 113 pitches over seven innings, yielding 10 hits and 3 runs whilst hanging out 3. Corbin was once Zero-Five with a Five.64 ERA in 5 September begins however did pass a minimum of six innings in each and every of his remaining 3 outings for the Nationals, who had been eradicated from the playoffs Wednesday.

“That is simply the sort of atypical season,” Corbin stated. “I’m beginning to really feel excellent, or a minimum of feeling higher, seeking to increase and now it’s the remaining get started of the yr. Clearly, I believe numerous us sought after issues to head in a different way. However you check out to take a look at some positives. Completing on a powerful observe and finishing the season wholesome was once surely a large factor for me.”

Josh Harrison’s RBI unmarried within the fourth accounted for Washington’s first run.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: New York positioned OF Michael Conforto (left hamstring tightness) at the injured checklist, finishing his common season. Conforto was once hitting a career-high .322 with 9 house runs and 31 RBIs. He entered Thursday 6th within the Nationwide League in on-base proportion (.412), tied for 8th in runs (40) and 9th in batting reasonable. … INF Luis Guillorme was once recalled to take Conforto’s roster spot.

Nationals: 3B Carter Kieboom stated he does no longer watch for requiring surgical treatment for his bruised left wrist. Kieboom was once injured when he was once hit via a pitch Monday and was once positioned at the injured checklist the next day to come.

WELCOME REMINDER

Regardless of his staff’s removing from postseason rivalry, Washington supervisor Dave Martinez intends to show to his avid gamers what they’ve completed within the fresh previous.

“I’ll remind them that aside from no longer making the playoffs this yr, we did win the Global Collection in 2019,” Martinez stated. “That implies so much. That doesn’t pass away. Let’s come again in 2021 and do it once more.”

Then he pointed to an enormous ring on his proper hand. “I’ve this to strike a cord in me, too, via the way in which,” Martinez stated.

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Mets: RHP Rick Porcello (1-6, Five.46 ERA) has struggled in his first season with New York, however his handiest victory got here at Washington on Aug. Five when he allowed one run in seven innings.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (Four-Four, Three.67) would end with a profitable file for the 11th consecutive season — tying Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw for the longest energetic such streak — if he beats the Mets in his ultimate get started of 2020.

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