The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 9-5 on Independence Day in the nation’s capital. With today’s win, the Mets finish their division road series 3-4, but are still only 2.5 games behind the first place Atlanta Braves.

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Initial Reaction:

Hisanori Takahashi took the mound against Craig Stammen in the final game of the four-game series. After being given an 8-0 lead early, Takahashi only lasted five innings, but that was all he needed for the “W”. The Mets hit Stammen like it was batting practice, scoring seven runs off him through four innings.

The newly announced All-Star, David Wright, lived up to the reputation today going 2 for 5, and stole two bases! I’m very proud of all the Mets fans who rocked the vote down to the last chance this weekend. Placido Polanco didn’t deserve it at all…

I’m hoping THIS Mets offense shows up at home, along with the great pitching they’ve been getting at CitiField all season long. They need a BIG homestand, especially with the Braves coming in next weekend.

Positives From The Game:

Bay Day: Jason Bay delivered a single and a triple, while driving in four runs for the Mets. His RBIs (41) are pretty good compared to the number of homeruns he’s hit this season. The only thing that seems to be off this season is his power, but the triples keep on coming. The triple drove in the first two runs of the game, and was the catalyst for the offense as the game continued.

Like Ike: Ike Davis has been one of the power sources for the Mets this season. Today, he launched another homerun, his 10th on the year, giving the Mets a 5-0 lead in the 3rd inning.

Angel In The Outfield: Welcome back, Angel Pagan! After struggling at 2 for 12 since returning to the lineup, Pagan lit up fireworks on Fourth of July. He went 3 for 5, driving in two while scoring a run himself. Two doubles today gives him 16 on the season, and he raised his batting average to .301.

K-Rod: After a devastating blown save last night, Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning, picking up his 20th save of the season. On a side note, he has 52 strikeouts in 42 innings.

Negatives From The Game:

Pedro Feliciano: The lefty reliever allowed another run coming out of the bullpen today. In his last four games, three of them have had that result. At least tonight wasn’t a walk-off situation. It was his 47th appearance and we haven’t hit the all-star break yet.

Interesting Facts:

3: Number of intentional walks drawn by the Mets today (three different batters).

14: Number of Mets batters struck out in the game. Didn’t seem to matter that much.

15: David Wright stole his 15th stolen base of the season. He’s on pace for another 30-30 season.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets begin a six-game homestand starting with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (10-2) 2.93 ERA vs. CIN Aaron Harang (6-7) 5.02 ERA