Down 3-2 entering the top of the 8th inning the Nationals were looking for a little magic.
Anthony Rendon stepped up and delivered the game-tying home run. Three batters later, with Juan Soto on second base following a single, Wilmer Difo came through: Launching a two-strike, two-out, two-run home run into the second deck of the right-field stands to give the Nationals their first lead of the game at 5-3.
Sipp would face three batters. Michael Conforto doubled, pinch-hitter Jeff McNeil was plunked on a 1-2 pitch, and Keon Broxton singled to give the Mets a 6-5 lead.
"Got close, but didn't have a put-away pitch," Sipp said after the game.
Wander Suero entered to get the final out when McNeil got caught off third base, but it was too late. The 8th inning implosion was complete.
"We gotta figure that 8th inning," Martinez said.
"Guys have got to come in and throw strikes and get hitters out. That's the bottom line," Martinez told reporters after the game. "You put them in positions where you think they're going to succeed and they've got to come in and do the job."
“It’s a pretty severe penalty if you go over and it’s been our goal all year to stay under that,” Lerner told NBC Sports Washington.
And Rizzo in March: “I think we’ve got a really talented team that we’ve put together within the parameters of what we wanted to do,” Rizzo said. “We’re under the (luxury tax) and that’s where we want to stay.”
So, what will it be?