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Justin Turner and Ruben Tejada both produce

Mets second baseman Justin Turner hits an RBI

Mets second baseman Justin Turner hits an RBI in the bottom of the fourth. (April 20, 2013) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Some things worked out pretty well for the Mets Saturday despite their 7-6 loss to the Nationals.

Because shortstop Ruben Tejada turned an ankle in the seventh inning Friday night when Daniel Murphy's bad throw caused him to tangle with Washington runner Chad Tracy during a botched double-play attempt, manager Terry Collins started Justin Turner at shortstop.

"I saw the replay after the game," Collins said. "[Tejada's] lucky he didn't break his ankle. I thought he'd be pretty stiff . . . "

With two outs in the fourth, Tejada pinch hit for starter Jeremy Hefner. He kept the inning alive by fouling off four straight 3-and-2 pitches before walking. Turner followed with a two-run single and Tejada scored on Daniel Murphy's single.

Power outage

For the first time in eight home games this season, the Mets failed to hit a home run at Citi Field. Collins said he expects to see plenty of long balls this year, in part because the outfield fences were moved in before the beginning of last season and because "we've got some big, strong guys. We're not a ground ball-hitting team, I can tell you that."

Zimmerman on DL

The Nationals announced after the game that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is being put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Anthony Rendon, 22, the Nationals' 2011 first-round draft pick, was promoted from Double-A for his big-league debut and will replace Zimmerman at third.

Second baseman Danny Espinosa returned to Washington's lineup after missing Friday's game with swelling in his right hand and wrist.

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