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Mets' rally falls short in 3-2 loss to Nationals

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 14, 2014 at 12:09 am •  Published: August 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Say this about the New York Mets: They certainly are gracious hosts when Washington comes to town.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first home run for the Nationals and tumbled over a retaining wall to make a terrific catch, leading Washington to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night, its 10th straight at Citi Field.

"They gave us every opportunity to get back in the game, and in the ninth inning we certainly had a lot of opportunities," New York manager Terry Collins said. "So yeah, this is a tough one because they gave us a chance to beat them tonight."

Rafael Soriano held on in the ninth following Travis d'Arnaud's leadoff homer, getting the final two outs after the Mets put a pair of runners in scoring position.

Matt den Dekker was thrown out at home on pinch-hitter Eric Campbell's grounder to shortstop, and the call was upheld after a replay review to determine whether catcher Wilson Ramos blocked the plate illegally.

"We were going contact on the play. Tried to get a good jump off the bat," den Dekker said. "The way I hit him, there was not really room to slide. I mean, I could have tried to go around. I slid right into him. I know he had the ball."

Curtis Granderson hit a comebacker on the next pitch, giving Soriano his 27th save in 31 tries.

"I wanted to be up, was confident for it," Granderson said. "Soriano made his pitch."

Coming off his 200th career win last Friday, Bartolo Colon (11-10) allowed two runs — one earned — in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

Bryce Harper and Kevin Frandsen each hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to make a winner of Jordan Zimmermann (8-5), who did not permit an earned run in 6 1-3 innings.

Drew Storen pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half, and the NL East leaders overcame three errors to win for the 24th time in their last 28 road games against the Mets dating to Sept. 12, 2011. They haven't lost in Queens since June 29 last year.

"Come out of here kind of feeling like you stole one," first baseman Adam LaRoche said.

Washington has outscored the Mets 70-20 during the winning streak at Citi Field, which ties a franchise record for the longest at one venue away from home. The Montreal Expos won 10 road games in a row against the Chicago Cubs from 1982-83.

It also matches the longest win streak by a visiting team in Queens. Atlanta won 10 consecutive games at Shea Stadium from 1991-92.

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