Nationals set team scoring record in 25-4 thrashing of Mets

The Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 25-4 on Tuesday night to set new highs and lows for both teams.

The victory at Nationals Park was the highest-scoring game in Nationals’ franchise history dating back to their start as the Montreal Expos in 1969, while it was also the most lopsided loss in Mets’ history.

The 21-run margin surpassed the 26-7 loss the Mets suffered to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1985.

Daniel Murphy hit two early home runs in the game and Trea Turner, who apologized to his teammates before the game for homophobic and racially insensitive tweets he sent as a teenager, had four of the Nationals’ 26 hits.

Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark also had a three-run double during a seven-run first inning.

The Nationals then went on to score three runs each in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

The Mets finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning with a home run by second baseman Jeff McNeil.

With the game well out of hand at 19-1 to start the bottom of the eighth, the Mets turned to veteran infielder Jose Reyes as an emergency reliever. Reyes, making the first pitching appearance of his career, allowed home runs to Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds in a sixth-run eighth inning.

Reyes, 35, gave up five hits and walked two over his one-inning stint.

Mets’ starting pitcher Steven Matz recorded only two outs in allowing those seven first-inning runs. The start was the shortest of his career and lowered his record on the season to 5-9.

The game was actually even more lopsided at 25-1 in the ninth inning before reliever Shawn Kelley allowed three runs, including two on a Austin Jackson home run.