WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: Wilson Ramos #3 of the Washington Nationals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on April 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Mets Vs. Nationals: Ramos Rampages But Nationals Fall 6-4 To Mets

Catcher Wilson Ramos homered twice and raised his average to .378, but his offensive rampage was not enough as the Nationals lose to the New York Mets at Nationals Park.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Final Score: Nationals Long Ball Can't Overcome Mets Small Ball In 6-4 Loss

The Washington Nationals used two home runs from catcher Wilson Ramos and one from outfielder Jayson Werth to get on the board Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as the New York Mets hit around Nationals pitching and came away with the win 6-4 at Nationals Park.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann never looked strong, going five-innings giving up five runs on nine hits, but reliever Doug Slaten also deserves some of the blame as he replaced Zimmermann in the fifth and gave up the two-run double to Josh Thole that went out of reach of outfielder Michael Morse that broke a 3-3 tie. The two runs were charged to Zimmermann and the damage was done. The Mets had no need of the long ball as they spread around 12 hits and got runs to come in across the plate. The Nationals on the other hand, once again could not string hits together at the proper times.

The only positives to the Nationals game was Ramos' 3-for-4 night with two home runs and three RBI. Ramos scored an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth as the Nats final run. Ramos is now hitting .378. Also, Zimmermann pushed the Nationals streak of starting pitchers who go five-innings or more consecutively to a record 22, but that is small comfort to the struggling Zimmermann.

The Nationals now have a record of 10-12 and are fourth place in the NL East. The Mets trail the Nats in the standings by half a game. By the end of this series, one of these teams will be in the NL East cellar.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Score: Wilson Ramos Powers Nationals Into 3-3 Tie With Mets

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos belted his first and second home runs of the season off New York Mets pitcher Chris Young, and has helped the Nats pull even with the visiting Mets 3-3 going into the bottom of the fifth. The Nationals were behind 2-0 when Ramos smashed his first of the game in the second-inning, and the Nats were down 3-2 in the fifth when Ramos went yard again to tie it up.

It is the first multi-home run game of the young catcher's career and the first multi-homer game by a National since Sept. 6, 2010, when Danny Espinosa hit a pair against the Mets. Showing power on Tuesday night with Ramos is outfielder Jayson Werth, who redeemed himself after a throwing error earlier in the game that led to a score by going solo on Young in the fifth.

Starter Jordan Zimmermann looks extremely hittable, giving up three runs on seven hits and only one strike out, but so far has kept the damage relatively low and his offense has begun to back him up.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Hot-And-Cold Nationals Square Off Against Scorching Mets

The last time the Washington Nationals met the New York Mets, they were two teams heading in opposite directions. The Nationals were on the rise in the standings, headed over .500, while the Mets where plummeting into the cellar of the NL East. The tides have suddenly changed for Tuesday night's game at Nationals Park. The Nationals are now on a slow spiral back to the bottom of the division standings following a series loss to both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, while the Mets are rocketing into D.C. with a four-game win streak and every intention to pull themselves out of the doldrums of the East.

It will be up to Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 3.70 ERA) to cool off New York's offense, and it will be up to Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos, Jayson Werth and Michael Morse to generate some heat of their own at the plate. The Nationals' offense has been of great concern as of late, as they have not been swinging the bat well and have had trouble stringing hits together and generating runs.

The offense will get their second look of the season at New York pitcher Chris Young (1-0, 1.46 ERA), who in their last meeting earlier in the season only gave up one hit to the Nats in seven innings. However, Young was just activated from the disabled list after dealing with biceps tendinitis, and has not pitched since the two team's last meeting on April 10th. If there is any opportunity for the Nats to get a jump on Chris Young, Tuesday night might be the time.

Nationals Lineup

Danny Espinosa - 2B

Rick Ankiel - CF

Jayson Werth - RF

Adam LaRoche - 1B

Wilson Ramos - C

Michael Morse - LF

Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B

Alex Cora - SS

Jordan Zimmermann - SP

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