Video: Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits pinch-hit home run as Mets rally to beat Nationals

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Tuesday night started off terribly for the Mets, with Matt Harvey carrying the haze of his ongoing public innings-limit controversy into what became one of the worst starts of his major league career.

But a game-tying six-run rally by the Mets offense in the top of the seventh inning set the scene for this terrific, improbable moment from pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the top of the eighth inning …

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New York held on to that 8-7 lead and now boasts a six-game advantage over Washington in the National League East standings. There’s going to be a big Natitude check this winter in D.C.