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Mets hold off Nats in 8-HR slugfest

Asdrubal Cabrera, left, removes Mets teammate Wilmer Flores’ helmet as the pair celebrate Flores’ three-run homer in the fifth.

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Asdrubal Cabrera, left, removes Mets teammate Wilmer Flores’ helmet as the pair celebrate Flores’ three-run homer in the fifth.

NEW YORK — Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and the Mets rallied past the Nationals 9-7 Thursday night in the opener of a pivotal four-game series between the top teams in the NL East.

Travis d'Arnaud, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep for New York in a slugfest that featured eight home runs — most in the eight-year history of Citi Field. The second-place Mets improved to 7-1 on their 11-game homestand leading into the All-Star break and shaved Washington's division lead to three games — two in the loss column.

Daniel Murphy homered and drove in three, his latest big performance against the Mets since the defending NL champs let him leave as a free agent in the offseason. Bryce Harper, Clint Robinson and Anthony Rendon hit a solo shots off Bartolo Colon in the fourth to give the Nats a 4-1 lead.

That put prized prospect Lucas Giolito in a good position to earn his first major-league win, but the 21-year-old tired quickly and never made it through the fourth.

Washington's attempt to rally in the ninth was thwarted when Jayson Werth was called for an illegal takeout slide at second, giving the Mets a double play. Closer Jeurys Familia then struck out Harper for his majors-best 31st save.

Mets 9

Nationals 7

Mets hold off Nats in 8-HR slugfest 07/07/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2016 11:34pm]
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