Bautista went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI on Thursday against the Nationals.

Bautista took Max Scherzer deep in the fourth inning for his seventh home run of the season. He drew a rare start at third base, giving him another path to playing time if the Mets feel comfortable with his defense at the hot corner. While his season-long numbers don't look particularly impressive, Bautista does have five home runs in 67 at-bats since June 22.

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