WASHINGTON — The Nationals threatened to make noise in the ninth inning against closer Jeurys Familia, who was tasked with protecting a two-run lead.
But as he’s done all season, Familia repelled the threat, giving the Mets a 2-0 victory on the way to his 16th straight save to begin the season.
“I was just trying to be a little more aggressive,” Familia said, after working his way out of trouble.
Jayson Werth began the inning with a single to left. Daniel Murphy followed with another single. But Familia regained a semblance of control, reaching back to strike out Ryan Zimmerman on a 98-mph fastball.
Anthony Rendon bounced into a force, giving the Nationals runners on the corners with two outs. Wilson Ramos, a notorious Mets killer, grounded out to end the game.
“He’s got the stuff, he’s got the mentality,” David Wright said. “He’s transformed into a true closer.”
The Mets hope Asdrubal Cabrera is ready to return to the starting lineup for Friday night’s series opener against the Dodgers.
The shortstop was pulled from the game in the first inning, even before he could take the field. He was replaced by Matt Reynolds, who later collected his first major league hit.
“I don’t know,” manager Terry Collins said, when asked of Cabrera’s status. “As you saw, he was in the lineup until the first batter got in the batter’s box and all of a sudden it locked up on him.”
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud (shoulder) is expected to resume baseball activity Thursday at the team’s complex . . . Wilmer Flores (hamstring) could return to the active roster as soon as Friday, assistant general manager John Ricco said. He is currently on a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton . . . The Braves claimed lefty reliever Dario Alvarez off waivers. The Mets designated him for assignment on Monday.