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Sport Chirinos homers as Mets maintain playoff hopes, top Nats 3-2

14:30  25 september  2020
14:30  25 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: New York Mets' Wilson Ramos (40), Edwin Diaz (39), Robinson Cano (24), Robinson Chirinos, far right, and others celebrate after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. The Mets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF New York Mets' Wilson Ramos (40), Edwin Diaz (39), Robinson Cano (24), Robinson Chirinos, far right, and others celebrate after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. The Mets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Thursday night to keep their flickering postseason hopes alive.

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The Mets (26-31) moved within 2 1/2 games of Miami (28-28) for second place in the NL East and within 2 1/2 games of San Francisco (28-28) for the NL's second wild card spot.

David Peterson (6-2) closed his rookie season with his longest outing, going seven innings and allowing four hits and one run while striking out four. He leads New York in victories with two more than ace Jacob deGrom. Peterson is in line to become the sixth rookie ever to lead the Mets in victories and the first since Dillon Gee in 2011.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and catcher Robinson Chirinos, left, celebrate after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. The Mets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and catcher Robinson Chirinos, left, celebrate after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. The Mets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

''Hopefully, it's not over,'' Peterson said. ''Hopefully, we can finish strong and see what happens. It's been a good experience for me.''

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Justin Wilson worked the eighth, and Edwin Diaz gave up a two-out, RBI single to Yadiel Hernandez in the ninth but escaped further trouble for his sixth save.

a batter catcher and umpire during a baseball game: New York Mets' Robinson Chirinos, right, slides safely into first against Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. The Mets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF New York Mets' Robinson Chirinos, right, slides safely into first against Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. The Mets won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Chirinos, acquired from Texas on Aug. 31, began the day hitting .149 with no homers and four RBIs in 67 at-bats between his two stops this season. But he belted a two-run homer off Washington starter Patrick Corbin (2-7) in the fifth, then legged out a two-out, RBI infield single an inning later to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

''Hopefully, we have a chance to get to the postseason,'' Chirinos said. ''I know there's a lot of stuff that needs to happen, but we can only do what we can control.''

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Corbin threw a season-high 113 pitches over seven innings, yielding 10 hits and three runs while striking out three. Corbin was 0-5 with a 5.64 ERA in five September starts but did go at least six innings in each of his last three outings for the Nationals, who were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday.

''This is just such a strange season,'' Corbin said. ''I'm starting to feel good, or at least feeling better, trying to build up and now it's the last start of the year. Obviously, I think a lot of us wanted things to go differently. But you try to look at some positives. Finishing on a strong note and ending the season healthy was definitely a big thing for me.''

a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: New York Mets' Dominic Smith (2) gestures toward the dugout as he kneels at second with a double next to Washington Nationals third baseman Josh Harrison (5) during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF New York Mets' Dominic Smith (2) gestures toward the dugout as he kneels at second with a double next to Washington Nationals third baseman Josh Harrison (5) during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Josh Harrison's RBI single in the fourth accounted for Washington's first run.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Washington Nationals' Kurt Suzuki runs toward home to score on a single by Josh Harrison during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF Washington Nationals' Kurt Suzuki runs toward home to score on a single by Josh Harrison during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

TRAINER'S ROOM

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Mets: New York placed OF Michael Conforto (left hamstring tightness) on the injured list, ending his regular season. Conforto was hitting a career-high .322 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs. He entered Thursday sixth in the National League in on-base percentage (.412), tied for eighth in runs (40) and ninth in batting average. . INF Luis Guillorme was recalled to take Conforto's roster spot.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: New York Mets' Robinson Chirinos (26) celebrates his two-run home run with Robinson Cano (24) during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF New York Mets' Robinson Chirinos (26) celebrates his two-run home run with Robinson Cano (24) during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals: 3B Carter Kieboom said he does not anticipate requiring surgery for his bruised left wrist. Kieboom was injured when he was hit by a pitch Monday and was placed on the injured list the next day.

a baseball player standing on top of a grass covered field: New York Mets' Robinson Chirinos celebrates his two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF New York Mets' Robinson Chirinos celebrates his two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WELCOME REMINDER

Despite his team's elimination from postseason contention, Washington manager Dave Martinez intends to point out to his players what they've accomplished in the recent past.

''I'll remind them that other than not making the playoffs this year, we did win the World Series in 2019,'' Martinez said. ''That means a lot. That doesn't go away. Let's come back in 2021 and do it again.''

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a baseball player throwing a ball: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin throws during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Then he pointed to a massive ring on his right hand. ''I have this to remind me, too, by the way,'' Martinez said.

UP NEXT

a baseball player throwing a ball: New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson winds up during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © APWF New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson winds up during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Mets: RHP Rick Porcello (1-6, 5.46 ERA) has struggled in his first season with New York, but his only victory came at Washington on Aug. 5 when he allowed one run in seven innings.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (4-4, 3.67) would finish with a winning record for the 11th consecutive season --- tying Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw for the longest active such streak --- if he beats the Mets in his final start of 2020.

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