The Mets hadn't lost this bad in their 57-year history since a 26-7 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1985. This beat-down lead to veteran Jose Reyes making his pitching debut, stepping on the mound in the eighth inning and allowing five runs on six hits. That included two walks as he threw 48 pitches, 29 of which were for strikes.
Washington finished with 26 hits, four of which came off the bat of Trea Turner, who has been the center of some controversy as of late. Turner had racial and homophobic tweets brought up from years ago on his account. He was able to put it behind him on this night, helping the Nats get off to a fast start with a seven-run first inning. That included starting pitcher Tanner Roark connecting with a three-run double.
Murphy finished the day with six RBI, while Anthony Rendon drove in four, as the Nats added three runs in the second, third, and fourth innings. Harper added a pair of doubles and two RBI, while Ryan Zimmerman also went deep for Washington, who pulled their record back to .500 at 53-53. They will conclude their series with the Mets in a matinee series finale on Wednesday.