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Yo sinks Nats in 12th as Mets win 5th straight

It was Yoenis Cespedes who flared the go-ahead hit into center field just past midnight Monday morning, delivering the Mets’ fifth straight victory, though admittedly it could have been anyone. In matching their 1985 and 2006 predecessors for the best eight-game start in franchise history, the 7-1 Mets have left few potential contributors untapped.

Sunday, it was Cespedes, who overcame flu-like symptoms to drive home the final run of a 6-5 win, capping a three-game sweep of the Nationals. But it was also rookie Jacob Rhame, who recorded the final three outs for his first career save. It was Seth Lugo, who wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth, then gave the Mets two additional innings of shutout relief.

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