To paraphrase a great baseball man, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains.
The skidding Mets’ series opener against the Nationals was suspended in the top of the second inning Tuesday night after a nearly two-hour rain delay at Citi Field, with the Mets trailing, 3-1.
The game will be resumed at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday and be completed as a full nine-inning contest. It will be followed by the regularly scheduled game, which now will be a seven-inning contest.
Carlos Carrasco was tagged for two singles followed by Juan Soto’s three-run home run in the first inning. The Mets recouped one run on consecutive doubles by Pete Alonso (ending his 0-for-21 skid) and Dom Smith in the bottom half of the first.
Carrasco also allowed a leadoff single to Riley Adams in the top of the second before the umpiring crew called for the tarp. The rain delay lasted one hour and 57 minutes before the suspension was announced.
Luis Rojas said reliever Drew Smith would have come in to replace Carrasco to resume Tuesday night’s game if it had been restarted. The manager was undecided on who will start the resumption on Wednesday afternoon, though Rojas said Marcus Stroman will start the nightcap for the Mets, who have lost 15 of 24 since the All-Star break to slip to third place in the NL East.