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NEW YORK -- Stalking off the mound, Gio Gonzalez slammed the ball hard into Matt Williams hand without a word. Dave Casper Womens Jersey . Back in the dugout, Gonzalez had a little more to say to the Washington manager. The pitcher covered his mouth with a towel for a brief -- and lively -- chat with Williams. "He was upset, and I understand it," Williams said after the Nationals lost to the New York Mets 4-3 Friday night. Gonzalez was pulled with two outs and no one on base in the seventh inning when Williams wanted a reliever to face Juan Lagares. In the fifth, Lagares hit a tiebreaking double that helped end the Nationals 12-game winning streak at Citi Field. "We tried our best to diffuse it," Gonzalez said. "Its not bigger than it is." "Theres two sides of that story, too," he said. Williams said he realized his lefty wanted to stay in the game. Asked whether he spoke to Gonzalez about showing such emotion, Williams said: "Thats part of the game, and that was our discussion." The Mets losing streak at Citi Field versus Washington dated to last season, and was their longest in team history against a visiting club. "Well, it is really nice, and we have played them good. They are just really tough," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "There has been a lot of nights where we have had them late in the game and then they come back, do some big damage against us," he said. Washington almost did it again in the ninth inning. Denard Span led off with a single against Jenrry Mejia, and Asdrubal Cabrera flied out to the wall. After Span stole his 30th base, Mejia struck out Anthony Rendon, walked Adam LaRoche and then fanned Ian Desmond for his 26th save in 28 chances. Rendon got three hits, including his 20th homer -- which came after a replay reversal. Washington has outhomered the Mets 32-6 over their last 13 meetings in New York. Dillon Gee (7-7) and a trio of Mets relievers ended the drought, aided when Lagares drove in Eric Young Jr. for a 4-3 lead. Travis dArnaud put New York ahead with a bases-loaded double in the first off Gonzalez (8-10). Three runs scored on the hit, with Lucas Duda kicking the ball out of catcher Wilson Ramos glove for an error. In his last eight games, dArnaud has five doubles and seven RBIs. LaRoche and Ramos hit RBI singles in the third, and Rendon hit a solo homer in the fifth that made it 3-all. Gee gave up nine hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings. Carlos Torres threw a double-play ball to end the sixth and worked the seventh, Jeurys Familia pitched the eighth and Mejia closed. Lagares also singled, was hit by a pitch and stole a base. Mets rookie second baseman Dilson Herrera boxed around several grounders. But he also went back for a tricky catch on Cabreras soft liner with the bases loaded to end the second. A day after Bartolo Colon was ejected for hitting two Washington batters with pitches following home runs and a Mets batter got nicked, Williams predicted there wouldnt be any carry-over from the "shenanigans." There were a couple of early HBPs, but no hostility. Lagares was plunked by Washington for the third straight series, and Span was hit by Gee on a pitch that bounced. TRAINERS ROOM Nationals: RF Jayson Werth didnt start, a day after he was hit above the left elbow by a pitch from Colon. Williams said Werth wasnt out because of the plunking, rather it was a day of rest for "dead legs." Mets: 2B Daniel Murphy was out of the lineup, a day after he was hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Nationals reliever Matt Thornton. Collins said the wrist was swollen, but that Murphy said he thought hed miss only one day. UP NEXT Nationals: RHP Doug Fister (13-6, 2.53 ERA) starts Saturday night. He beat Atlanta in his most recent outing, ending a four-start winless string. Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (10-9, 3.38) gets the ball Saturday night. He won at Washington on Aug. 5 and is 2-4 against the Nationals overall. CHALLENGING Collins challenged after Desmond was ruled safe at first in the fifth inning, beating out a double-play relay. The review upheld the call. Desmond promptly stole second but overslid the bag and appeared to get tagged before he returned to the bag. With the Mets out of challenges, though, Desmond was safe again. Lester Hayes Womens Jersey . The same for both the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. Tim Brown Jersey . After losing Brett Cecil to groin tightness on Friday, the Blue Jays watched as R.Trade discussions between NHL clubs are starting to pick up. The Detroit Red Wings are among the teams believed to be eager to make a move. The Wings need to create some cap space and sources say Jordin Tootoo is in play. Detroit would like to call up Gustav Nyquist from the AHL, but doesnt have the cap room to make it happen. Tootoo makes $1.9 million this season and is valued by some teams because of his grit. Also complicating things for Detroit from both a roster and cap standpoint is the potential return of injured forward Darren Helm. Helm is scheduled to come off of I.R. on Saturday. (He didnt skate today, so he may have other ailments hes dealing with, but, his 10-game, 24-day stint on I.R. ends on Saturday). Eyes on Liles Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to sweeten the pot to get John-Michael Liles back in the National Hockey League and off of the Leafs books. Toronto will retain a significant portion of Liless salary for the remainder of his contract to encourage a trade. Liles, currently with the AHLs Toronto Marlies, carries a $3.875 million cap hit through 2015-16. He has a modified no-trade clause, which includes a list of 12 teams, submitted during the summer, that he would accept a trade to. However, at this point, Liles is more than willing to consider all NHL interest. Recovery Mode Dustin Penner is resting, hoping the symptoms from his first NHL concussion wont sideline him for too long. Penner was knocked unconscious by a hit from Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt in the second period of the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 win over the Stars on Sunday. No penalty was called on the play, however, Garbutt has been summoned by the NHLs Safety Department to an in-person discipline hearing, which allows league disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan, the flexibility of suspending Garbutt for more than six games. In spite of his injury, Penner was quick to engage with those on twitter on Sundaay night who viewed the hit as far less heinous. John Matuszak Raiders Jersey. One tweet in particular from Penner (below) attached a video clip to emphasize referees Greg Kimmerly and Tim Peel missed the call: @Dustinpenner25: To whom it may concern.....black&white vertical stripes.Orange horizontal stripe) Might of been 2 min minor?? http://t.co/JKxL0I8PPi Penner says the tweet was sent to embarrass the people on Twitter who assessed the hit as clean. Furthermore, Penner says players want NHL officials held accountable and the use of social media might help deliver that message. In this case, a mistake was made. Garbutt could have easily been called for charging after racing from the penalty box to make the hit on Penner, who clearly didnt see it coming. Kimmerly and Peel would have received a call from their supervisor to discuss the incident, either postgame or Monday morning, and both are likely appreciative supplemental discipline is an option the NHL uses regardless of the call on the ice. As for accountability, NHL officials are heavily scrutinized...just not publicly. These men are constantly called to discuss their performance and each official is graded over the course of the season, which heavily impacts playoff assignments and, ultimately, job security. As for Dustin Penners tweeting habits, hes one of the best and constantly uses twitter to connect with NHL fans. Also, this isnt the first time Penner responded to a thundering hit via twitter. During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Penner was rocked by St Louis Blues forward T.J Oshie. Afterwards, Penner posted the following tweet, acknowledging the quality of the hit and teammate Mike Richardss role in the subsequent melee: @Dustinpenner25. Anybody catch the license plate of that Truck? #ithinkitstartswitha7. Wawawewa. #aliG Thanks @Mrichie_10 #thatsleadership Penner has a keen sense of humour, although theres nothing funny about the health issues hes dealing with now. 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