The Mets believed they had tacked on another two-out run in the third inning when a Patrick Corbin sinker bore in on Luis Guillorme, appearing to strike his hand with the bases loaded. But upon the Nationals’ challenge, the call was overturned: The ball had drilled the handle of the bat.
And so on the next pitch, Guillorme calmly slapped a two-run single through the left side.
In a season in which the Mets have lost Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer for a significant chunk of time only for other pitchers to step up in their absences, even things that go wrong have ended up going right.
Behind yet another offensive explosion filled with timely hits and yet another step-up from an unexpected pitching source, the Mets continued to play the hammer to the nails in their division with a 10-0 destruction of the Nationals at Citi Field in front of 25,263 on Tuesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.
The Mets (34-17) are a season-best 17 games over .500 and 18-7 against the NL East. The Mets now head west as their competition level gets cranked up against the Dodgers, Padres and Angels.
“I hope the hitters keep approaching the way they are, putting the ball in play,” Buck Showalter said of an offense that clicked for 17 hits.