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Mets 9, Nationals 7: The Mets, With a Suddenly Booming Offense, Outlast the Nationals

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Curtis Granderson, left, celebrating with Jose Reyes, who hit his first home run since rejoining the Mets this season.

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On a day when Manager Terry Collins saw the Mets’ pitching depth depleted, he found a sliver of solace in the way that Wilmer Flores continued his hitting surge in Thursday night’s game at Citi Field against the Washington Nationals.

In the bottom half of the fifth inning, facing the left-hander Oliver Perez, Flores swung on the first pitch that he saw and crushed a three-run homer high over the left-field wall, giving the Mets a 7-6 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera homered in the sixth and the Mets held on for a 9-7 win. Over his last four games, Flores has gone 9 for 17 with four home runs.

Before the game, Collins said: “On the one side it’s tough, but on the other side we’re lucky we’ve got somebody else who’s hot. Tonight there could be a situation. They’ve got three lefties over there that they will use at any time and we’ve got Wilmer who can come off the bench in maybe a big situation.”

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