Thanks to Lucas Duda, the New York Mets have now taken the first two against the first place Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

As Howie Rose so eloquently utters, “put it in the books.” The New York Mets have now taken the first two of a three game set against the first place Washington Nationals.

The NL East race is now down to one measly game after the Mets 3-2 win over the Nats.

Heading into the game, the spotlight was firmly planted on newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes. His fresh No. 52 jersey was hanging in the locker while he met with the media and rubbed arms with some of New York City’s finest.

He finished the night going 0-3 with an intentional walk in the bottom of the eighth.

It was Lucas Duda who shined brightest once again. Not only did Duda hit two more home runs in tonight’s contest, he doubled in the eventual game-winning run (Curtis Granderson) in the bottom of the eighth after the Cespedes intentional pass.

For Duda, this now makes an incredible total of eight home runs in his last seven games played after struggling for many months.

Jacob deGrom went six innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven. He found himself in early first inning trouble (surrendering those two runs), but fought every inch of the way thereafter.

He settled for the no-decision with reliever Hansel Robles picking up the victory.

On Sunday the Mets will have a chance to make things even in the division in the series finale.

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Founder of Elite Sports NY — Formerly of FanSided — Jets, Rangers, Knicks, Yankees, Mets, Giants — Has interviewed the likes of Rob Dyrdek, Michael Waltrip and Dominique Wilkins and has seen his work shared on major publications such as Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, and Yardbarker.

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