By Michael Marzzacco

The Nats took game one over Noah Syndergaard and the Mets in the team’s three game weekend series. A.J. Cole got his first big league win, and the Nats bats backed him up in their 4-1 Curly W. Cole struck out five allowing one run on three hits over six innings of work.

Bryce Harper drove Trea Turner in during the first inning with a sacrifice fly. In the fourth, with Harper on second, Wilson Ramos brought him home with a base hit up the middle to put the Nats up 2-0. Former Nat, Asdrubal Cabrera homered in the bottom of the fourth to bring the Mets within one. In the ninth, the Nats looked to add insurance and they got it when Anthony Rendon singled up the middle to drive in Daniel Murphy and Harper. Mark Melancon shut the door in the bottom of the ninth to seal the 4-1 win.

The Nats’ magic number to clinch the division is now at 18 as they improved their record to 79-55. The Mets now drop to 10.5 games behind the Nationals for first place in the NL East and two games back of the second Wild Card spot.

The three game series continues tonight with first pitch from Citi Field at 7:05. Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87 ERA) will go up against Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72 ERA).

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