The Washington Nationals managed to avoid getting no-hit against the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon, but that's about the only silver lining they can take. The Nationals couldn't manage a hit against Mets started Dillon Gee until the sixth inning and had just three hits total in a 1-0 loss.
The Nationals drop to 20-23 on the year, one game behind the Mets for last place in the NL East. Livan Hernandez was the hard-luck loser, giving up just one run in seven innings to drop to 3-6 on the year. Gee moves to 3-0 on the year, giving up just two hits in seven and two-thirds innings.
The Mets got their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning. They put two runners on base with two out, and Justin Turner lined a single up the middle to score John Thole. The Nationals threatened in the ninth inning when Laynce Nix hit a one-out double, but Jayson Werth was victimized by a questionable call on a ground ball for the second out. It looked like Daniel Murphy's foot came off the bag, but Werth was ruled out. Adam LaRoche then grounded out to end the game.