Mets rally again, top Nationals for eighth straight win

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The New York Mets were unable to pull off another late rally on Sunday at Citi Field and fell to the Washington Nationals 7-4.

Juan Soto's second homer of the game in the eighth inning gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead, but Mets pinch-hitter Luis Guillorme led off the bottom half with his first career homer, a blast to right off Fernando Rodney (0-5). Greinke is a combined 11-4 with a 3.08 ERA and got the win with a middling performance in his Astros debut, allowing five runs in six innings against the Colorado Rockies. Five batters later, Michael Conforto delivered a walk-off hit over right fielder Adam Eaton's head to win the game. "He's very poised, he goes out there and he's getting pitches to hit".

NY took two of three from the Nationals and will start a three-game series against the NL East-leading Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday. The buzz died a bit after Soto's first-inning homer, but Davis and Ramos got it rocking again in the fourth.

NY has hit multiple homers in eight consecutive games, breaking a franchise record previously set this June. Syndergaard was excellent in his last start, allowing one run in seven innings to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. A game after the string ended, Callaway passed the responsibility to third base coach Gary DiSarcina and challenged him to do better.

NY now travels to visit the division leading Atlanta Braves for three games starting on Tuesday.

"Call me superstitious, but I think it's about who takes the card out", Callaway said. Manager Dave Martinez said the team would see how the three-time Cy Young Award victor feels after that test before determining what comes next in Scherzer's recovery. The 31-year-old hit.163 in 77 games during his first season with Triple-A Syracuse but hasn't played since July 21 after injuring himself fielding a ball in the outfield. The under is also 4-0 in DeSclafani's last four starts versus the Nationals and is 4-1 in his last fie road starts overall.

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