By Michael Marzzacco

After dropping game one to the Nats, the Mets took game two on Saturday night 3-1. The win, combined with a Cardinals loss moved the Mets back just one game in the second spot of the Wild Card.

Washington’s lone run came on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon that scored Jayson Werth in the first inning. The Mets took the lead in the third with a two-RBI single by Curtis Granderson and extended it to 3-1 in the sixth with an RBI double by James Loney.

Tanner Roark took the loss for the Nats, allowing two runs on four hits striking out three in five innings. Robert Gsellman got the win for New York going six innings striking out four.

The Nats and Mets weekend finale will take place under the lights in front of a national TV audience for Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. First pitch is at 8:08. Reynaldo Lopez (2-2, 5.33 ERA) will get the start for the Nats instead of Max Scherzer, who got moved to start tomorrow afternoon.

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