WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Lagares drove in three runs with a homer and a single, and Bartolo Colon allowed five hits in eight innings and the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 5-2 Saturday.
Lagares came in 5 for 27 in his past 11 games, but he provided a jolt for the struggling Mets.
He singled in a run during a three-run first and homered with one on and one out in the third to give New York a 5-0 lead.
The Mets' outfielder added a defensive gem, robbing Jayson Werth of a home run with a leaping catch against the wall in center.
Colon (3-5) allowed both runs as New York snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in 10 tries against Washington.
Gio Gonzalez (3-4) took the loss.
Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth for his first save.