With help from bumbling Nationals, Ramos' slam, Mets win 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) With a man on and one out in the first, Robinson Cano hit a simple little grounder, destined to end the inning. Well, it probably would have a week ago, when the New York Mets were losing four games in a row and nothing was going their way.

''Right off the bat,'' Washington Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson would say later, ''I'm thinking, `double play.'''

So was everyone else in the ballpark. Except here's the thing: Backup shortstop Wilmer Difo's relay throw went awry, fourth-string first baseman Gerardo Parra stretched but couldn't hold onto the ball and the inning went on. Eventually, former Washington catcher Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam that helped the surging Mets beat the slumping Nationals 6-2 Tuesday night.

''We made them pay for a little mishap there,'' New York manager Mickey Callaway said, ''and that's what you have to do when you're a good team.''

Noah Syndergaard (3-3) took a no-hitter into the sixth as the Mets won their third consecutive game to get back to .500.

''They understood that we were disappointed in the way we were playing and it wasn't acceptable,'' Callaway said. ''It is nice to win some ballgames and see the fruits of your labor, because they've worked hard for it.''

And the Nationals? They lost for the 11th time in 15 games, fell to 2-12 in series openers and are 16-25 overall. In the NL, only the starting-from-scratch Miami Marlins have a worse record.

''That first inning bit us. It really did,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''Like I've said before, we've got to play clean baseball. We really do. Got to give us a chance.''

Ramos connected with a low 80 mph offering from Hellickson (2-2) and sent it out to left for his second homer.

He never should have been at the plate in that spot, but Difo couldn't make the play.

Cano initially was called out, but that was overturned after a quick review. Pete Alonso followed with a single past Difo, and Hellickson walked Michael Conforto to load the bases, bringing Ramos to the plate.

''I probably rushed it a little too much. I didn't realize that the runner's probably not as fast as I expected him to be,'' Difo said through an interpreter. ''What we need to try to do is take a step back, calm down and try to eliminate those errors, because they've been hurting us lately.''

Syndergaard allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 4.74. The first hit he allowed was a single to right by Difo to open the sixth, and Victor Robles followed with a homer off a 98 mph fastball.

It was Robles' seventh homer of the season - and third off Syndergaard.

''I take the same approach, same focus, to the plate with him,'' Robles said through an interpreter. ''And the things happen - and what comes, comes.''

FOR STARTERS

Syndergaard repeatedly reached 99 mph on his 102-pitch evening and struck out six. ''Pitching is a lot more fun when you just go out there and you don't think,'' he said. ... Hellickson went five-plus innings, charged with five runs and six hits.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: INF Jed Lowrie strained his hamstring while in the minors to work his way back from an injured left knee and will head back to Florida. The 35-year-old Lowrie will be reassessed in a couple of weeks.

Nationals: SS Trea Turner, out since April 3 with a broken finger, began his rehab assignment at Class A Potomac. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (right foot) participated in infield practice; he went on the IL on April 28.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Wilmer Font (1-0, 5.50 ERA) makes his second start of 2019. He was acquired him from Tampa Bay on May 6.

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (3-1, 3.20 ERA) makes his third start against the Mets this season. Corbin has a 3.75 ERA with 13 strikeouts, three walks and three homers allowed in 12 innings against New York.

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  • W: N. Syndergaard (3-3)L: J. Hellickson (2-2)
  • HR: NYM - W. Ramos (2), D. Smith (1), WAS - V. Robles (7)
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M. Conforto RF32100100.275.414.514.9284.0
W. Ramos C31141100.237.305.314.61910.0
B. Nimmo CF40110020.202.345.336.6812.0
J. Lagares CF00000000.200.278.323.6010.0
T. Frazier 3B40100012.151.167.264.4310.5
N. Syndergaard P30000023.150.227.450.677-1.0
a- D. Smith PH-1B11111000.344.462.500.9626.0
  • a-homered for Syndergaard in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF30000002.274.337.384.7211.0
V. Robles CF41121011.250.300.453.7536.5
J. Soto LF40000030.235.353.435.788-1.5
A. Rendon 3B30200100.316.404.6331.0364.0
G. Parra 1B40000023.190.268.290.558-1.0
B. Dozier 2B30000012.192.295.323.618-0.5
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J. Hellickson P10000010.125.300.125.425-0.5
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b- H. Kendrick PH10000000.302.360.547.9070.0
J. Ross P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Grace in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Fedde in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (7)
  • HR - W. Ramos (2), D. Smith
  • RBI - W. Ramos 4 (23), B. Nimmo (13), D. Smith (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 4 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 3 (3), R. Cano 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (13)
  • HR - V. Robles (7)
  • RBI - V. Robles 2 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Parra, Y. Gomes 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rosario-Alonso; Syndergaard-Rosario-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Difo-Parra)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard (W, 3-3)8.04221614.741.2330.0
S. Lugo1.01000302.881.003.5
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard (W, 3-3)8.0
S. Lugo1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 2-2)5.06554316.001.67-3.5
M. Grace1.01000107.111.682.5
E. Fedde2.00000100.000.886.5
J. Ross1.01111019.581.940.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 2-2)5.0
M. Grace1.0
E. Fedde2.0
J. Ross1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Lugo
  • HBP - N. Syndergaard (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 102-64, S. Lugo 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 9-7
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 28, S. Lugo 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 75-44, M. Grace 14-10, E. Fedde 27-18, J. Ross 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 4-7, M. Grace 1-1, E. Fedde 3-2, J. Ross 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 24, M. Grace 4, E. Fedde 6, J. Ross 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil LF30000203.352.439.486.9252.0
K. Broxton PR-LF00000000.152.220.174.3940.0
A. Rosario SS40200101.284.325.426.7513.0
R. Cano 2B51000005.252.305.385.6901.0
P. Alonso 1B41100000.270.355.581.9362.0
S. Lugo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Conforto RF32100100.275.414.514.9284.0
W. Ramos C31141100.237.305.314.61910.0
B. Nimmo CF40110020.202.345.336.6812.0
J. Lagares CF00000000.200.278.323.6010.0
T. Frazier 3B40100012.151.167.264.4310.5
N. Syndergaard P30000023.150.227.450.677-1.0
a- D. Smith PH-1B11111000.344.462.500.9626.0
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  • a-homered for Syndergaard in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF30000002.274.337.384.7211.0
V. Robles CF41121011.250.300.453.7536.5
J. Soto LF40000030.235.353.435.788-1.5
A. Rendon 3B30200100.316.404.6331.0364.0
G. Parra 1B40000023.190.268.290.558-1.0
B. Dozier 2B30000012.192.295.323.618-0.5
Y. Gomes C30000012.225.303.326.629-0.5
W. Difo SS31100000.241.302.310.6122.0
J. Hellickson P10000010.125.300.125.425-0.5
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Sanchez PH10100000.250.250.250.5001.0
E. Fedde P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Ross P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Grace in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Fedde in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (7)
  • HR - W. Ramos (2), D. Smith
  • RBI - W. Ramos 4 (23), B. Nimmo (13), D. Smith (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 4 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 3 (3), R. Cano 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (13)
  • HR - V. Robles (7)
  • RBI - V. Robles 2 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Parra, Y. Gomes 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rosario-Alonso; Syndergaard-Rosario-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Difo-Parra)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard (W, 3-3)8.04221614.741.2330.0
S. Lugo1.01000302.881.003.5
Total9.0522191---
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard (W, 3-3)8.0
S. Lugo1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (L, 2-2)5.06554316.001.67-3.5
M. Grace1.01000107.111.682.5
E. Fedde2.00000100.000.886.5
J. Ross1.01111019.581.940.0
Total9.0866552---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (L, 2-2)5.0
M. Grace1.0
E. Fedde2.0
J. Ross1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Lugo
  • HBP - N. Syndergaard (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 102-64, S. Lugo 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 9-7
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 28, S. Lugo 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 75-44, M. Grace 14-10, E. Fedde 27-18, J. Ross 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 4-7, M. Grace 1-1, E. Fedde 3-2, J. Ross 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 24, M. Grace 4, E. Fedde 6, J. Ross 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Smith homered to center62
  • 6TH INNING
    Robles homered to left, Difo scored52
    Nimmo doubled to deep center, Conforto scored, Ramos to third50
  • 1ST INNING
    Ramos homered to left, Cano, Alonso and Conforto scored40
  • 9TH INNING
    • Joe Ross pitching
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • Dominic Smith hit for Noah Syndergaard
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith homered to center
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McNeil walked
    • Keon Broxton ran for Jeff McNeil
    • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Broxton out at second
    • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Cano flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon doubled to deep left
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Parra struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • E. Fedde Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Conforto grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to third
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Erick Fedde
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Foul, Eaton popped out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Erick Fedde pitching
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario lined out to right
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to first
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso fouled out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon singled to right
    • G. Parra: Parra flied out to center
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Gomes lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Conforto singled to right
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked, Conforto to second
    • Matt Grace relieved Jeremy Hellickson
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo doubled to deep center, Conforto scored, Ramos to third
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Syndergaard: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike looking, McNeil lined out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Difo singled to right center
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Matt Grace
    • A. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez singled to left, Difo to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Eaton grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Difo to third, Sanchez out at second
    • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robles homered to left, Difo scored
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario singled to right
    • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Cano grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rosario out at second
    • P. Alonso: Alonso flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Foul, Parra flied out to deep center
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Frazier singled to left
    • N. Syndergaard: Syndergaard popped out to shortstop
    • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles lined out to center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Rendon flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso popped out to first
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto flied out to left
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramos grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Foul, Ball, Difo grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hellickson struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • N. Syndergaard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, McNeil walked
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked, McNeil to second
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Parra struck out looking
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, McNeil lined out to center
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario singled to right
    • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gomes reached on fielder's choice to second, Rosario out at second
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso singled to shallow center, Cano to second
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Conforto walked, Cano to third, Alonso to second
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos homered to left, Cano, Alonso and Conforto scored
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Eaton hit by pitch
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Robles grounded into double play shortstop to first, Eaton out at second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)