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Wilmer Font shelled while Patrick Corbin dazzles as Mets lose to Nationals, 5-1

'Cause you had a bad day ...

You're taking one down ...

You sing a sad song just to turn it around ...

When Mets manager Mickey Callaway went out to the mound to pull Wilmer Font in the bottom of the third inning on Wednesday, "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter played on the Nationals Park speakers. The song fit perfectly.

Font allowed three first-inning runs and never recovered on Wednesday. He gave up five in just 2 1/3 innings, dooming the Mets in a 5-1 loss that snapped a three-game winning streak.

Font became the third Met to allow at least three earned runs in the first inning this season, joining Steven Matz (eight) and Jason Vargas (six).

This is how Wednesday's game began:

– Walk

– Bunt single in which the lead runner beat a throw to second

– Ground-rule double that scored a run

– RBI groundout

– RBI single

By then, Washington led 3-0. The Mets have received great outings from their starters lately, but this was an exception.

When Font left the game, New York trailed by four runs. He had allowed six hits and issued two walks. Victor Robles homered off Font for his second homer of the series and fourth against the Mets this season.

What made Font's start even worse was that his counterpart stifled the Mets offense. Washington left-hander Patrick Corbin held New York to just four hits over eight innings, striking out 11.

On a night the Mets bats were silent, Font never gave them much of a chance. Not only did the Nationals tee off on Font, but they made him work. He walked Corbin in the second and had thrown 50 pitches through two innings.

Font didn't fool anyone, either. Out of 63 total pitches, he only earned three swinging strikes. The ball flew off the Washington bats at an average of 96.5 mph, according to Statcast.

The Mets acquired Font on May 6 as they needed pitching help. They traded away Neraldo Catalina, a right-handed pitching prospect who hasn't yet debuted in the minor leagues.

Before Wednesday, Font held a 6.39 ERA over parts of five seasons. He had made just six starts, including one with the Mets in which he allowed two runs over four innings in San Diego. And even though New York starters earned another day of rest with Sunday's postponement, Mets manager Mickey Callaway decided to stick with Font over Zack Wheeler.

It is possible that Wednesday was Font's last start with the Mets, if only for now. Matz threw a bullpen on Wednesday, but Callaway said it remains to be seen whether he would be in line to start within the next few days. New York still had to evaluate how Matz felt after the bullpen. There should be answers soon.

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