Mets take 7th straight win; Soto Homers in Possible Nut Swansong

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor homedrew, Max Schaezer beat their former team, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 on Monday night, ace Jacob deGrome began his season in a row on the eve of a row. Won seventh.

Washington slugger Juan Soto knocked out Scherzer in what could be his final game with the Nationals. Soto, who went on in his other three plate appearances, is probably the biggest star that could be settled ahead of Tuesday’s trading deadline.

Several teammates may also leave Washington as the Nationals, who have the worst record in the Majors at 35–69 and have lost four of five, are looking to sell for a second year in a row.

The first-place Mets can gain a few more pieces on the deadline, but their biggest addition will probably be the degrom. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, locked into spring training with a stress reaction in his right scapula, has not pitched in the majors since July 2021 and will come off the injured list on Tuesday. He missed the second half of last season with a right arm stiffness and a sprained elbow.

Despite any possible moves, New York had more than enough Monday to handle Patrick Corbin (4-15) and the Nationals. Jeff McNeil, Tomas Niedo and Starling Marte all had RBI singles in second, and Alonso lined up his 27th homer in left field after an innings in the visitors’ bullpen.

Alonso’s homer against Corbin was the fifth of his career, his most against any pitcher. He is a .382 Lifetime Hitter (13 for 34) against a left-handed batsman.

Lindor added a three-run drive in sixth off reliever Steve Sischek as New York improved to 9-2 this season against Washington.

Scherzer (7-2) won two Cy Young Awards with Washington, made six All-Star appearances in seven seasons and helped the Nationals win the 2019 World Series before tackling the Dodgers on last year’s trade deadline. He allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings and scored five runs. The right-hander is 2-1 with 1.62 ERA in six starts since returning from the injured list on July 5.

Soto, a two-time All-Star and one of the few key pieces left over from Washington’s 2019 title team, held on to loud applause throughout the night. He went in first, moved to third on Josh Bell’s double and scored on Marte’s throwing error from the right field. Soto also belted Scherzer’s pitch in center field from fourth with his 21st homer of the season and his 119th – and probably last – nationals.

Corbin, who leads the majors in losses, allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, while dismissing four. He has lost five consecutive starts, posting 10.29 ERA in that period.

New York leadoff man Brandon Nimmo delivered four hits, the most since collecting a career-high five against Baltimore on August 15, 2018.

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Mets: RHP Trevor May (Triceps Inflammation) pitches for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday and Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter said May could be activated as early as Wednesday. … c James McCann (left oblique strain) went home to Double-A Binghamton during a rehab assignment on Sunday and may be active as early as Thursday. … Showalter said 1B/DH Dominic Smith (sprained right ankle) could begin a rehab assignment later this week. … New York sent RHP RJ Alvarez straight to Syracuse.

Nationals: Victor Robles, who missed Sunday’s game with leg cramps, returned to the lineup. … Washington selected the contract of INF Ildemro Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.

NATS Deal Adrianza

Washington sent utility man Ehir Adrienza to Atlanta for minor league outfielder Trey Harris. Adrienza hit .179 with no homers and seven RBIs in 31 games for the nationals. Harris, 26, hit .238 in 59 games for Double-A Mississippi with two homers and 16 RBIs.

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Mets: DeGrom makes his first major league debut since July 7, 2021. He is 9-4 with 2.44 ERA in 21 career starts against Washington.

National: RHP Cory Abbott (0-0, 2.25) also makes his first start of the season Tuesday night.

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