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Taylor, Espinosa lead Nationals' eighth-inning comeback for 4-3 win over Mets

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WASHINGTON — The banged-up Washington Nationals have been relying on their bench players to help keep them atop the NL East.

and Michael Taylor were the latest fill-ins to come through.

Taylor had a tying two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning, Espinosa followed with an RBI double and the Nationals rallied from three runs down to beat the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday.

"We trust everybody that's on this team," Espinosa said. "There wasn't any panic there. (We) root for the next guy and keep on grinding."

Already minus four everyday players and right-hander , Washington lost third baseman to an apparent left hand or wrist injury during his at-bat in the second inning. X-rays were negative, but Escobar will have further tests.

Espinosa, who has been subbing for injured second baseman , moved to third base and took over at second.

Taylor has been filling in for injured center fielder . Taylor was 1 for 21 on the homestand until he singled home in the fourth to pull Washington to 3-1.

The Mets had scored three times in the top of the inning on ' two-run double and 's run-scoring hit off .

"We lose two to these guys, it's a whole different clubhouse right now," Zimmermann said. "They got their big three (, and Syndergaard) going against us. For us to win two out of three was definitely big."

So was Taylor, who had just 39 big league at-bats before this season.

After a wild pitch from (1-1) put runners on second and third in the eighth, Taylor ripped a full-count fastball to left to tie it.

"I'm looking for a (fastball) and trying to be as patient as possible," Taylor said. "

Taylor then stole second base before Espinosa's game-winning hit off another fastball.

"It's just poor timing for a bad day on my part," Parnell said.

Mets manager blamed himself for the defeat.

"That's on me," Collins said. "I could've let (closer) Jeurys (Familia) get looser. You can always send the catcher out and do some other things. (Bobby's) just been pitching so good, I had all the confidence in the world he'd get out of it."

struck out the side in the ninth for his 29th save. (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win.

Zimmermann allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings. He struck out six without a walk.

Washington stranded 10 runners from the second through the seventh innings.

Syndergaard gave up five hits and a run in five innings. He walked five and struck out four.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: LF (left knee) didn't start for a third straight day. "The only way it's really going to get better is with long-term rest," manager said. Cuddyer pinch hit in the ninth Tuesday. He walked and scored.

Nationals: RHP , out since straining his left oblique on July 4, is set to throw batting practice Friday. ... OF , sidelined since May 15 with a broken left wrist, played nine innings in a rehab game Tuesday. Rendon, out since June 24 with a strained quadriceps, had five rehab at-bats Tuesday. . An MRI of 's injured right shoulder was negative, but the reliever had an anti-inflammatory injection that will keep him from throwing for two or three days. He went on the disabled list on July 17.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP (9-8, 4.86 ERA) opens a four-game series Thursday against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Colon is 0-3 with a 4.68 ERA in three starts in July.

Nationals: LHP (3-5, 4.30) starts the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh Thursday. Fister is 1-4 with a 4.29 ERA since returning from a forearm injury on June 18.

PHOTO: Washington Nationals' Yunel Escobar (5) gets up after injuring his hand while batting in the second inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Washington. Escobar left the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Nationals' Yunel Escobar (5) gets up after injuring his hand while batting in the second inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Washington. Escobar left the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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