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Tanner Roark, the Washington starter in the Sunday night game, gave up three runs on five hits in six innings as the Nationals won 5-4. "I don't anticipate he'll be much better (Saturday), but hopefully on Sunday".

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker fielded lineups in the two games that looked more like those from Grapefruit League action in early March. "You can't walk guys in the big leagues".

In their last meeting in the nation's capital of the season, the Mets split the day and the series with the National League East leaders.

The Mets eked out a 6-5 win over the Nationals on Amed Rosario's eighth inning home run in the day game, with Robles striking out ANthony Rendon and Ryan ZImmerman with the bases loaded.

Cabrera's three-run homer in the first and Wilmer Flores' two-run shot in the third (his career-high 17th) staked NY to an early 5-0 lead. NY logged nine hits and walked five times with Mark Reynolds and Juan Lagares both scoring and driving in a run while Brandon Nimmo singled, walked twice and scored two times.

But that forced the Mets into their bullpen - again. Gonzalez has given up a single run in his past four outings where he has allowed 15 hits and seven walks over 27.2 innings. Roark allowed three runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings during a 4-3 win at the Astros.

Chasen Bradford then came in and walked in another run to give the Nationals a lead.

With a runner on first and NY leading 3-2, Robles walked three straight hitters to force in Difo. After allowing five runs in two consecutive starts, he was able to get back on track against his division rivals.

Erik Goeddel gave up a solo home run to Adam Lind in the eighth for an insurance run.

Brandon Nimmo clubbed his first home run of the season as the Mets dropped the nightcap of Sunday's double header to the Nationals.

Doolittle gave up an RBI single to Jose Reyes with two outs in the ninth, but then got Juan Lagares to line out to left to stay flawless in save chances since a mid-July trade from Oakland. That could prove taxing on a Nationals bullpen that already used up for arms to throw the final three innings of this afternoon's doubleheader opener.

The Nationals are now 78-50. Hansel Robles (7-5) walked three batters in a row before Bradford took over.

Brandon Nimmo homered in the late game and added a single for the Mets. His fist in 113 at-bats. Wilmer Flores hit a two-run blast in the third that extended the Mets' lead to 5-0.

Juan Lagares went 2-for-5 with an RBI-double and he beat out a bunt to lead off the eighth.