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Mets lose 4-3 to Washington, eliminated from playoffs

 New York Mets' Michael Conforto hits a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
New York Mets' Michael Conforto hits a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (KY3)
Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 8:19 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets were eliminated from the playoffs in a mistake-filled 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Mets needed to win their three remaining games and receive help from multiple teams to sneak into the final wild-card spot in the expanded playoffs. But New York couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning of a seven-inning game and missed the postseason for the fourth straight year.

Andrew Stevenson hit two homers — including one inside the park — for the last-place Nationals, and Max Scherzer worked six solid innings to finish with a winning record for the 11th consecutive season.

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