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Mets finish a 3-game sweep of Nationals, trail Nats by percentage points for NL East lead Mets starting pitchers in series- 21 2/3 IP, 5 R

Mets sweep Nats, pull even in NL East

Noah Syndergaard (9 Ks, 0 BB) was dominant over eight innings of work, despite allowing two harmless homers, and the Mets' bats came alive in the third to post five runs behind back-to-back jacks by Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy. The Mets moved into a tie for first with the Nats atop the NL East after the 5-2 win. Box score

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The great, diving Daniel Norris

He dazzled in his Tigers debut with a win over the Orioles, and he showed off his defensive prowess with a diving catch that not many normal starting pitchers would have made.

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Noah Syndergaard last 4 home starts vs Reds-- 8 IP, 1 R vs Diamondbacks-- 8 IP, 1 R vs Padres-- 8 IP, 0 R vs Nationals-- 8 IP, 2 R

Noah Syndergaard silences Nats' bats

Syndergaard allowed two solo homers but struck out nine over eight innings in a strong start for the Mets. The Nats trail 5-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Now fans serending Bryce Harper in right field with "Har-per Sucks." ... Not sure I'd poke the bear, but whatever. Have fun.

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Syndergaard with first-pitch strikes to 17 of 23 batters he's faced tonight--74%. Fourth time in last seven starts he's reached that level.

The next 2-sport athlete?

Caroline Wozniacki, world No. 5 in women's tennis, tossed out the first pitch before today's Angels-Dodgers game -- and it was a perfect strike.

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Syndergaard surrenders second homer

Noah Syndergaard had settled down since allowing a first-inning HR to Anthony Rendon, but his streak of four straight scoreless innings is over after he allowed a solo shot to Yunel Escobar in the sixth. The Mets still lead the Nats 5-2. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

Yippity 'Duda'!

Lucas Duda is the first player in Mets history to hit 9 HRs in an 8-game span (via Elias). The Mets lead the Nationals 5-1 in the fifth. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Jose Lobaton two-out single in the fifth. Snaps streak of 13 straight batters retired by Noah Syndergaaard.

Granderson, Murphy go back to back

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-back jacks to spark a five-run third inning against the visiting Nationals, who trail 5-1 in the fourth on ESPN.

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