WASHINGTON - Chipper Jones may have walked off into the sunset. But the Mets face no shortage of fresh tormentors, such as catcher Wilson Ramos, whose outburst Sunday helped give the Nationals a 6-3 victory.
Ramos was 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs.
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Mets starter Zack Wheeler got burned for leaving a slider up in the zone to Ramos, who jumped on the mistake to double home a pair of runs in the third inning.
Even when Wheeler made his pitches, he got burned by Ramos. In the fifth, Wheeler threw a 94-mph fastball on the inner half, a good pitch that Ramos lined to left for a two-run single.
"He just did a good job," Wheeler said. "I came back in here and looked at the video -- heater in, on the corner. He just did a nice job of hitting there. He got me today."
Though Ramos is hitting just .208 this season, his .374 average in 32 lifetime games against the Mets is his highest against any opponent he's faced at least 10 times.
His .395 on-base percentage and .673 slugging percentage rank second while his 1.068 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) against the Mets is the highest against any opponent.
The Mets committed a pair of errors, made two blunders on the bases and spotted the Nationals three unearned runs.
"We can't make some of the mistakes that we're making," manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to play solid baseball."
Catcher Juan Centeno made a throwing error in the seventh and his passed ball in the eighth cost the Mets a run. Shortstop Ruben Tejada failed to backhand a two-out grounder in the fourth, just before Ramos' two-run double.
In the first, Daniel Murphy stunted a rally by straying too far from third base, allowing Ian Desmond to throw behind him and record the final out of the inning. In the sixth, Centeno was caught trying to advance to second base after his single.